My journey to York for the July 2013 Synod was arranged to fit in a brief visit to the National Railway Museum’s outpost at Shildon.
Once I’d got to York, I was able to drop in at the astonishing Mallard 75 exhibition, which brings together the 6 surviving Gresley A4 Pacific steam engines.
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National Railway Museum, York
The NRM at York is always interesting, but the crowds turned out in force to see the streamlined A4s grouped around the turntable.
Shildon was the home and workbase of the pioneer locomotive engineer Timothy Hackworth, a close associate of George Stephenson. It is alongside the original Stockton and Darlington Railway line about 8 miles from Stockton. The main display shed is full of glorious treasures – and it’s free!