National Railway Museum, Shildon

Museum breaks visitor records and enjoys its best year since opening.

The National Railway Museum at Shildon broke records last year when it attracted 210,000 visitors and enjoyed its best year since opening in 2004.

Among the crowd-pleasing events held at Shildon were the Early Days of Steam gala, the wizard themed spring bank holiday, Engine Driver Experiences, collectors' days, vintage vehicles rallies, heritage open days and the Cab It! event when visitors can mount the footplates of locomotives. There was even a spooky Railway Ghost Walk on Halloween, in homage to the exploding boiler disasters of the 1800s.

Deltic locomotives at the anniversary event held at the National Railway Museum, Shildon

The Deltic 50 anniversary, a once-in-a-lifetime celebration which took full advantage of the artfully designed apron outside the Museum, brought to Shildon all six surviving production Deltic locomotives which dominated express passenger services on the east coast main line during the 1960 and 1970s.

Part-funded by Durham County Council, Shildon has workshops equipped for conservation and for training new generations in railway engineering skills.