Welcome building

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