After last year's further expansion of the Trust's important 'Red Wheel' programme, negotiations are under way to mark further high-quality transport heritage sites in 2017 - when we aim to pass the 100-plaque milestone!
On Friday 7th April, our President, Sir William McAlpine unveiled Red Wheels at the Tees Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough in the morning and Hopetown Works, Darlington in the afternoon.
The spectacular Tees Transporter Bridge has recently benefitted from a major refurbishment, including the opening of a Visitor Centre and installation of a passenger lift.
After the unveiling ceremony at Middlesbrough, the TT party transfered to Darlington, to the historic Hopetown Works. Hopetown was the Carriage Works of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which, in recent times, has been restored as the headquarters of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group and birthplace of A1 'Pacific' Tornado and currently the P2 class 'Mikado' locomotive Prince of Wales. Hopetown Works is also adjacent to the 'Head of Steam' Railway Museum in Darlington North Road Station - which is well worth a visit and already boasts a Red Wheel.
Also in the area: Beamish Museum near Chester-le-Street (some 40 miles from Middlesbrough or Darlington) will be hosting the Great North Steam Fair from Thurs-Sun that weekend.