Locomotion No. 1

Locomotion Number 1

Read more about ‘Active’, the first locomotive to haul a train on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in September 1825.

Active

Originally named Active, Locomotion Number 1 was built by George and Robert Stephenson and was the first locomotive to haul a train on the Stockton and Darlington Railway on 27th September 1825.

Arrival of the Rocket

With the arrival of the more advanced Rocket, Locomotion quickly became obsolete. It was rebuilt and remained in service until 1841 when it was converted into a stationary engine.

Preservation

In 1857 it was preserved, going on display in Alfred Kitching's workshop near Hopetown Carriage Works and later at Darlington's main station, Bank Top.

The National Collection

Today, as part of the National Collection, Active can be seen at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum on long-term loan from the National Railway Museum.

Credit

Header image courtesy of Steve Nixon.

 
 

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Posted on Wednesday 4th May 2011 | 4:38 PM

One of the first (if not the first) locomotive to use coupling rods rather than chains or gears. These coupling rods were responsible for linking together the 0-4-0 wheel arrangement on this locomotive. I have attached a link to one of my favourite pictures of the Active, which I happened to find on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/25459770@N03/3196641006/

Caroline Elliot

 
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