Learn more about pioneering railway engineer Timothy Hackworth, and Shildon’s role as the world’s first railway town.
Timothy Hackworth moved to Shildon in 1825 to take up the position as resident engineer on the soon-to-be-opened Stockton & Darlington Railway. The position included responsibility for building locomotives, a task Timothy Hackworth particularly relished.
Over the next 25 years, Timothy Hackworth designed and built several pioneering locomotives. During this time, Shildon developed into a railway town and its workers became highly skilled in heavy engineering.
This was the foundation of an industry which would last in the town until 1984.