Locomotion placed in the short-list in the North East Tourism Awards
21 Oct 2014
Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon has been short-listed in the North East Tourism Awards 2014 in the category Tourism Event of the Year for Mallard 75 – The Great Goodbye, which was held at Locomotion in February this year. The winner will be announced during the award ceremony at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland on 11 November 2014.
Mallard 75 – The Great Goodbye was the finale to a series of UK events marking 75 years since Mallard broke the steam speed record on 3 July 1938.
This was the last time that the Mallard would meet her five surviving Class A4 sister locomotives as part of the Mallard 75. Two of the guest locomotives were on loan to the National Railway Museum from North American museums and in the UK as part of the project for the first time since the 1960s. This was the only Mallard 75 event that saw all six locomotives reunited outside. This meant that the three locomotives that are still operational could be seen in live steam.
New generations and traditional railway enthusiasts came to experience something that they knew was unlikely to ever be staged again and emotions were high for the final reunion.
The Great Goodbye put Shildon under the spotlight and brought visitors from around the world together to witness a never before seen international collaboration.
The event saw an iconic exhibit from the UK's national collection displayed with some of the finest examples of preserved British railway locomotives - through partnerships with the owners of the UK's three operating Class A4s locomotives and partnerships with the prestigious North American railway museums (Exporail, the Canadian Railway Museum and the National Railroad Museum, Wisconsin USA).
The event saw nearly 120,000 visitors attend the event and really showcased what the museum with the support of its dedicated teams of volunteers and trainees could achieve.