THE LOCOMOTION 

CHARITY RUN 2019

29th September at 11am

GET INVOLVED AND HELP TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED MONEY FOR THE GREAT NORTH AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE


IN 1824 THE DARLINGTON & STOCKTON RAILWAY COMPANY COMMISSIONED GEORGE STEPHENSON TO DESIGN AND BUILD TWO STEAM LOCOMOTIVES. HIS FEE FOR THIS WORK BEING £550.

LOCOMOTION NO. 1 WHEN BUILT WAS 6.6 TONNES. ITS TRACTIVE EFFORT WAS 1900 LBS, WITH THE CAPABILITY OF 15 MPH.
ON THE TRIAL DATE, 26th SEPTEMBER, THE DRIVER WAS JAMES STEPHENSON (GEORGES ELDER BROTHER) AND THE STOKER WAS WILLIAM GOWLING (FROM YARM).

ON OPENING DAY THE TRAIN CONSISTED OF 11 COAL WAGONS (CHALDRONS), AND 20 WAGONS FOR PASSENGERS. 300 TICKETS SOLD AND A FURTHER 300 STOWAWAYS CLIMBED ABOARD. IT TOOK 2 HOURS TO COMPLETE THE 9 MILE TRIP. IN 1828 THE LOCOMOTION WAS TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE FOLLOWING A BOILER EXPLOSION KILLING DRIVER JOHN CREE AND REMOVED THE LEG OF THE FIREMAN TED TURNBULL.


THIS EVENT IS ON THE LINE OF THE ORIGINAL S&DR ROUTE AND IS BEING RUN TO COMMEMORATE THE WORLDS FIRST PASSENGER RAILWAY