See the world’s first steam-worked public railway

Darlington, North Yorkshire

The Darlington Head of Steam Museum provides a fascinating journey into the past, when steam ruled the railways.

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The Head of Steam Museum is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, which was the world's first steam-worked public railway. A fine example of an early railway station, it opened as a museum as far back as 1843. Exhibits include Stephenson's 'Locomotion No. 1', built for the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and 'Derwent', the earliest surviving Darlington built locomotive, which is on loan from The National Railway Museum Collection.

A range of smaller items including station and lineside signs, uniforms, furniture, tableware and paintings, complements the larger exhibits. The entrance hall and ticket office are restored in period style, enhanced by displays of items such as porters' barrows, luggage, posters and advertising signs.

To get there, take the train of course! North Road (Darlington) station, in northeast England, is just under 3 hours from London.

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