THOUSANDS of visitors enjoyed the Spring Steam Gala at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The annual event gives enthusiasts a chance to see guest engine, the Darlington-built LNER Class D49 Morayshire, which travelled down from Scotland for the event.

Visitors also had the chance to ride on the country's oldest operating steam locomotive, The Furness Railway No. 20.

Other engines on display included the LNER Green Arrow and the GNR Stirling Single No. 1.

The free event also the 7,000 visitors exclusive cab access.

Workshop and rail operations manager Richard Pearson said: “We had a slow start on Sunday because of the bad weather but it soon picked up and the car park has always been full.

“It’s been a really good, successful weekend, we’ve had lots of families visiting and having a great time and it’s been a pleasure to welcome them all to the museum.”

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