THE world’s most famous steam locomotive will be returning to the home of railways this summer, it has been announced.

Flying Scotsman, the first steam engine ever to reach speeds of 100mph, will be at Locomotion, Shildon, between Friday, July 26, and Friday, August 12.

The visit to the North-East will allow the public to get an up-close look at the world-renowned locomotive, and even to ride behind it!

Sarah Price, Head of Locomotion, said: “We’re very proud and excited to be bringing this iconic locomotive back to Shildon, the world’s first railway town.

“That Flying Scotsman has not only been beautifully preserved, but is actually still running, is wonderful. We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country to experience this legend of steam power.”

The locomotive will alternate between static display and running on the museum’s dedicated railway track. Visitors will be able to walk through the cab and the corridor tender, and even go for a ride in the carriages or on the footplate.

Various family-friendly events and activities have also been organised alongside Flying Scotsman’s stay, including ‘make-your-own Flying Scotsman’ craft workshops, a display of historic photos of the locomotive, and several engaging tours and talks for dedicated fans.

Admission to Locomotion, as well as most activities, is free of charge, though donations are welcomed by the museum. There will be a fee for passenger ride tickets, however. Please note that footplate passengers must be aged 18 or over.

On-site parking is available at Locomotion, but organisers hope visitors will enter into the spirit of things by travelling to the museum by train. Locomotion is just a short walk from Shildon train station, which is easily accessed from all over the country via changing at Darlington.

More events are expected to be announced, so keep an eye on www.locomotion.org.uk to stay up to date with all the excitement.

Tel: 01904 685780

Locomotion, Dale Road, Shildon DL4 2RE