Welcome building

Timothy Hackworth's original Sans Pareil is on display in our Welcome building.

Hackworth's Sans Parail in the Welcome Building

Timothy Hackworth's Sans Pareil on display in the Welcome building.

Hackworth, like George Stephenson, learned his skills on the horse-drawn wagonways of Tyneside. He saw the potential of a steam locomotive running on metal rails and worked to realise this dream, which became a reality with the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway on 27 September 1825.

Sans Pareil was built to compete in the famous Rainhill Trials, which were held in 1825 to select a locomotive for the proposed railway between Manchester and Liverpool.

Background: 'Skegness is so Bracing' LNER Poster