What’s on at Locomotion

Steam, Smoke and Speed

Learn about the origins of steam railways in the 19th century in this 90-minute package.

Term time
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1
Collection Building

Following a 15-minute welcome, the package lasts approximately 90 minutes. Each child gets the opportunity to take part in three 30-minute activities.

Steam Tour

Children will be taken on a guided tour of the museum's fascinating collection of railway exhibits. Children will see an original Stockton and Darlington Railway Carriage, a replica Locomotion No.1 and0 original and replica Sans Pareil. Children will also climb aboard the footplate of a steam locomotive in order to find out what makes it work.

Railway Objects

Children will discover the different people required to run a steam railway. Children will handle a number of different railway objects, including a fireman's shovel, a guard's whistle, a pocket watch and more.

Build a steam engine

Children will cut out and assemble their own steam engine collage. Artwork can be taken back to school to create a collective display or taken home.

Curriculum Links


• Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

• Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

• The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

• An understanding of some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.


• Identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock

• Describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials

Activities are free of charge, and available to pre-booked school groups.

For more information about Locomotion only, please contact:

Shirley Bell

01904 809638

email: Shirley.Bell@nrm.org.uk

Background: L&SWR Adams 563