Locomotion No.1 at Pockerley Waggonway

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    On the morning of 27th September 1825, Locomotion No.1 set off on the first journey along the iconic Stockton and Darlington Railway - the world's first publicly financed passenger railway. Built by Robert Stephenson and Co, Locomotion was originally called 'Active' and was effectively a beam engine on wheels with vertical cylinders. It was one of the first locomotives to use coupling rods rather than chains to drive its 0-4-0 wheel arrangement, and weighed in at 6.5 tons. At 12.30pm the train left Darlington with 38 carriages, 700 people onboard and weighing about 80 tons. A man riding a horse preceded the train carrying a flag. According to records the man was called John Dixon, to which a street is named in Darlington. At 3.45pm, greeted by a 21 gun salute, Locomotion No.1 arrived into Stockton at the Company's Wharf beside the River Tees. Locomotion No.1 is now preserved at the Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum, with a replica built in 1975, in use on our Pockerley Waggonway.
  • Owner

    Beamish Museum
  • Source

    Beamish Museum (Youtube)
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    What does this mean? Standard Youtube License
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    Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hGh8_9iCvo
    Resource type: Video
    Last modified: 5 years, 4 months ago
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