Visitors to Locomotion, Shildon, will have the chance to see Class 66 No. 66779 on outdoor display – at a special event to launch a new models box set from Locomotionmodels.com.

The Grand Launch for Locomotionmodels.com’s new Evening Star models box set will take place at Locomotion, Shildon, on Saturday June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2018.

Suitable for all the family, the event will feature a range of activities which celebrate modern rail traction!

Thanks to GB Railfreight, Class 66 No, 66779 Evening Star will be on display on the museum’s outdoor events area. The last member of its class, this locomotive was named by GB Railfreight in May 2016. Visitors will have the chance to take a closer look at this locomotive, including inside the driver’s cab, throughout the event weekend.

Locomotion’s Class 03 diesel shunter D2090 will also be on outdoor display, whilst inside the museum’s Collection Building, visitors will find a modern image model railway on show, operated by Shildon Model Railway Club.

Access sessions to Locomotion’s Workshop will also be available during the event, where participants will have the chance to learn more about current and future cosmetic restoration projects. Plus – for a small charge – visitors can enjoy a passenger train ride behind Locomotion’s Class 08 diesel shunter 08911 Matey.

Bob Tiller, GB Railfreight’s Engineering Director, commented:

“We are thrilled that train enthusiasts and museum visitors alike will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with one of GB Railfreight’s most prized locomotives over the course of what looks set to be a fantastic weekend.

Events like this are also a great opportunity to educate the younger generation about the railways, and possibly even encourage some to think about taking up a career in the sector, in years ahead.”

Anthony Coulls, the National Railway Museum’s Senior Curator of Rail Transport & Technology, added:

“The National Railway Museum is delighted to showcase the best of modern traction in both full size and miniature this weekend. The museum is as much about the present and future of the railways, and we hope the Class 66 will inspire as much as its steam ancestors did.”

The exclusive edition Evening Star models box set from Locomotionmodels.com features OO-gauge models of Class 66 No. 66779 Evening Star, and Class 9F No. 92220 Evening Star, the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways.

For more information on the Evening Star models box set Grand Launch, please visit www.locomotion.org.uk

Locomotion is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Parking and admission are free of charge. Please note that there is a charge for train rides.

For more information, please call the museum team on 01904 685780.