Save Our Loco - Keep Locomotion No. 1 in Darlington
In 1825, Locomotion No. 1 became the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger carrying train on a public railway.
Now the jewel in the crown at Darlington's Head of Steam museum, the locomotive has been on display in the town - at one venue or another - for more than 160 years.
Now, the National Railway Museum (NRM) part of the Science Museums Group, which owns Locomotion No. 1 and loans it to the council, has revealed plans to move it out of town.
With the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway looming in 2025 and plans being developed for a new rail heritage quarter in Darlington, the possible loss of the jewel in the crown would be a major blow to the town.
With that in mind, rail enthusiasts and a cross-party group of politicians are joining forces to lobby NRM bosses to change their minds.
Councillor Heather Scott, Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: "This is something the people of Darlington will be horrified about, and I fully understand.
“I want to send a very clear message to people in Darlington that this council will leave no stone unturned in our quest to keep Locomotion No. 1 in Darlington.
“Keeping Locomotion No. 1 in Darlington is crucial for our 2025 celebrations – it’s unthinkable to imagine it anywhere else but Darlington for the 200th anniversary of the world’s first passenger railway.
“I would urge people to sign the petition and add their voices to our campaign – the case for keeping Locomotion No. 1 in Darlington is not just persuasive, it’s compelling.”
We the undersigned, oppose the decision of the Science Museums Group (SMG) to relocate Locomotion No 1, which has been on display in Darlington for 163 years, from Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum (where is has been on display since 1975) and to relocate it to NRM Locomotion (Shildon). We urge the SMG to reconsider its decision.
This petition has been facilitated by Darlington Borough Council.
For more information contact:
Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, North Road Station, Darlington, DL3 6ST.
E-mail: [email protected]