What we do
This brief note is designed to alert you to the range of activities we have on
that we might be able to engage with to support Locomotion in the future.
Conservation Cleaning. This is one of our core tasks and involves "deep cleaning" which is a thorough clean of the vehicles using special polishes and cloths or "regular cleaning" which is essentially a good weekly dusting. Elbow grease is an essential ingredient!
Cab Its. This involves manning a locomotive cab to explain to visitors the various controls and history of the engine. (Due to COVID all cab its have been suspended until further notice.)
Soho Shed. We have in the past prepared the interior and grounds outside the Soho Shed, a very interesting historical industrial building at the heritage end of the museum, for Heritage Open Days.
Shildon Wagon Works. A great deal of information has been collected for our Shildon Works exhibitions which have proved popular. Help is always needed to assist in sorting out information for future displays.
MGR Wagon. We purchased the last Shildon built MGR wagon and work is in progress to protect and preserve it in its workaday condition.
Research and Archiving. At times opportunities arise for members to research topics of interest to the individual.
Tours. We often organise museum tours and guided walks in and around the museum for small groups or organisations.
Outreach Talks. We undertake talks at various venues throughout the North East to explain the development of ‘Locomotion’ and the work of the Friends.
Displays. We can mount displays as and when required for the museum.
Visits. We have days out to appreciate other museum locations, or railway.
The cleaning team.