Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum : Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

About Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

Visit the place where railways were born!  There really is something for everyone!

Head of Steam has something for all the family. We have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, a meeting room for conferences and lectures, and children’s activity rooms for youngsters to learn and play.

The Museum has a fully equipped education room for use by schools and colleges and the Ken Hoole Study Centre is a research facility for railway and family historians (by prior appointment only). 

Imagine stepping back in time to Victorian Darlington, the town that became known as the Birthplace of the Railways.

Venture into our original 1840’s railway station where time has stood still for over one hundred and fifty years. 

Discover our Booking Office with its original Victorian interior.

Explore our platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets.

Follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the Railways through our permanent exhibitions and interactives.

Journey through time and admire our four historic locomotives including our star attraction, Stephenson’s Locomotion No1. 

We have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and the Refreshment Stop provides hot and cold drinks and snacks.


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