Touring Exhibitions

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum have four exhibitions available to loan to other museums and public organisations.

North East Railways in World War One

The North East Railways in World War One project has seen a team of volunteers search through the archive at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum and record over 9,000 railway men who enlisted in the First World War. This exhibition brings together the stories discovered during the research and highlights case studies of a small number of the 18,000 men who enlisted from the North Eastern Railway company as well as those who remained at home on war service.

North East Railways in World War One exhibition details [pdf document]

North Road Works 1863-1966  

Darlington Locomotive Works was one of Britain’s premier locomotive workshops. At its peak the works employed over 3,000 people and was Darlington’s largest employer. The locomotive works site dominated the town and confirmed Darlington’s status as a railway town and the birthplace of the railways. In 103 years, more than 2,700 locomotives rolled off the production lines at North Road and countless more were repaired. Darlington Works led the way in railway engineering, manufacture and innovation. The works were the lifeblood of the town and the impact of their closure on Darlington cannot be underestimated.

North Road Works 1863-1966 exhibition details [pdf document]

North Road Works Photographic Exhibition

To mark 50 years since the closure of North Road Works in 1966 this special exhibition of photographs and memories remembers the works throughout its history.

Darlington Locomotive Works was one of Britain’s premier locomotive workshops. In 103 years, more than 2,700 locomotives rolled off the production lines at North Road and countless more were repaired. Darlington Works led the way in railway engineering, manufacture and innovation. The works were the lifeblood of the town and the impact of their closure on Darlington cannot be underestimated.

North Road Works Photographic exhibition details [pdf document]

The Tornado Story

The first exhibition to tell the story. An intimate account of the building of the Peppercorn class A1 60163 Tornado. The first main line steam locomotive to be built in the UK since the 1960s, Tornado’s importance to Darlington and the North East is explored for the first time in this major exhibition.

The Tornado Story exhibition details [pdf document]

Hiring Information

The exhibition is free for venues to loan but venues will be responsible for transportation and insurance.  For further information or to book this exhibition please contact Alison Grange by email alison.grange@darlington.gov.uk or by telephone 01325 405542.