museum is situated in the former home of Timothy Hackworth,
"Soho House", or "Soho Cottage", which
was the preferred name of the Hackworth family. Built on the
original Stockton & Darlington Railway Shildon Works site,
which later, when Timothy Hackworth launched his own engineering
works, became "Soho Works".
The museum tells the story of the part played
by Timothy Hackworth in the birth of passenger railways with
the Stockton & Darlington Railway, and the contribution
he and the people of Shildon made to the development of the
railways throughout the world.
With the rooms restored to the original 1831
period, audio visual displays and exhibits demonstrate the
development of the early railways.
Around the 15 acre site there remains relics
of the days when the Stockton & Darlington Railway were
the centre of the railway revolution. The Soho Engine Shed
features a hot air underground heating system, the purpose
of which was to dry newly painted locomotives; the Black Boy
Stables which played an everyday working part in the Company
and the important contribution they played in the movement
of coal from the South Durham coalfields.
The village of New Shildon was established
by Timothy Hackworth and grew around his works and home and
as the importance of the Stockton and Darlington Railway became
more prominent, combined with Old Shildon, they became Shildon
Town, one of the major railway engineering towns in the world.
The influence on the life of the townsfolk,
who were predominantly employed on the railways, can still
be felt today.
Why not join us therefore on a journey, back
into the past of railway history at the Timothy Hackworth
Victorian and Railway Museum.
Voted Visitor Attraction of the Year
1999, by the Northumbria Tourist Board, the museum has
now expanded its activities as the National Railway Museum,
Reserve Collection has moved to the town.
The National Railway Museum at Shildon
The museum is now incorporated into
The National Railway Museum at Shildon.