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Friends of the
National Railway Museum
North East Branch
Supporting                         at Shildon
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What we do

This brief note is designed to alert you to the range of activities we have on offer at the museum.  It is by no means exhaustive and as new members you are encouraged to suggest other activities that we might be able to engage with to support Locomotion in the future.

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.

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.  The building contains the oldest vehicles in the collection including "Nelson" an early Hackworth engine.

Hackworth House Garden. There is always work to be done for the green fingered amongst you in the garden at Hackworth House.

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.