Vehicles of all descriptions welcome

21 Feb 2010

It's not all about railways at Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

The fabulous vehicles on display at the museum also include what is probably the first private car to drive up the M1. What’s more, local classic and vintage vehicle owners are invited to showcase their own vehicles at regular events throughout the year.

The display in the museum’s Collection Building includes a 1924 12/15 ‘Duck’s back’ Alvis, used by Tom Rolt, engineering writer and vintage car and heritage railway enthusiast. The car was purchased in 1934 for just £10 by the Rolt family.

In 1959, Tom Rolt drove the car on a section of the M1 under construction – from near Luton to beyond Watford Gap – as part of his research for a pamphlet he was writing for John Laing & Sons, the main contractors for the road.

The museum’s busy event programme includes a range of vehicle rallies, which local owners are welcome to attend. Events scheduled for 2010 include: Fire Engine Rally on April 5; Vintage Tractors Rally on July 11; Shildon Classic Car Show on July 25; Vintage Bus Rally on August 1; Trikes & Bikes Day on August 15; and Shildon Vintage Vehicle Rally on October 3.

Participation in these events is free, although owners are required to pre-book. For more information, please contact Locomotion – The National Railway Museum at Shildon on 01388 777999 or info@locomotion.uk.com

Notes to Editors:

For more information on events at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon, please contact:

Pam Porter
Events Officer
01388 771445 / 07809 548078

George Muirhead
Museum Manager
01388 7711440 / 07753 778118

Photograph: Tom Rolt's car – probably the first private car to drive up the M1, on display at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon

Background: L&SWR Adams 563