The Collection building at Shildon is an open, modern space, housing the majority of our locomotives.
Admire our display of more than 70 railway heritage vehicles from the National Collection – including the prototype Deltic; British Rail's Advanced Passenger Train; and the iconic L.N.E.R. locomotive Duchess of Hamilton. Some have been stored in the open for many years, whilst others have been finely restored.
The Collection building is a showcase for sustainability techniques. A key requirement is to minimise temperature and humidity fluctuations as well as the building's overall energy demand. A high degree of roof insulation, wire gabons in the walls help achieve these ends without the need for air conditioning. A photovoltaic roofing system generates power which is fed back into the grid.
Check out the progress on our Conservation Workshop's latest railway restoration projects from a purpose built viewing platform.
You’ll also find an indoor picnic area, the Platform Seven Café, and our gift shop.