Steam Event In County Durham

Thursday 5th November, 2020  -  Sunday 8th November, 2020 Four Day Steam Event November, County Durham No comments yet.

About the GL5 Rally

The heritage of a culture is preserved in many different ways. Monuments and statues are erected to commemorate significant people and events, ancient architecture is preserved for future generations, and miniature versions are created in exacting and loving detail. How much more fun when one can ride on it!

Locomotion in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, presents the GL5 rally in March. This unique event offers ridable miniature versions of the classic railways of yesteryear. Ground Level gauge railways have been used for both tourism and fun, as well as work in the full-scale world when a full-sized railway simply wasn’t viable. Walt Disney built a miniature railroad in his Lancaster, California home for his children and based the full-sized Disneyland Resort Railroad on the design.

This exciting five-day event will present both steam and diesel locomotive engines. During the rally, demonstrations of how these diminutive railroads were used in daily life, as well as offer visitors the opportunities to have some fun riding one.


Locomotion hosts the rally that is sponsored by Ground Level 5' Gauge Main Line Association.

Entry To The Rally

Entry is free, although children under-14 must be accompanied by an adult. Parking is plentiful. The onsite Café Number One offers hot and cold food and drinks. Stop into the Museum Shop to select from an array of model train sets, toys, and souvenirs. While dogs are allowed at the Museum grounds, they must be attended at all times and are not permitted inside any of the buildings or on any of the rides. Service dogs are not included in these restrictions.

Somewhere to Stay in County Durham

For lovely places to stay, nearest to the rally is the Redworth Hall Hotel. This refined hotel is less than 3-miles from the train station and a little over 30-miles to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is also less than a half-mile from the rally. The Walworth Castle Hotel offers fine amenities, as well as the Walworth Castle Birds of Prey exhibit, a collection of rare birds with demonstrations and educational experiences. For the hotel service experience with a slightly more back-to-nature edge, try The Gables Pod Camping for premium glamping. It is close to the host, Locomotion, as well as Auckland Castle and Tower in the heart of the town. For truly outdoorsy types, the Countryman & Countryview Campsite offers a restaurant and bar, modern facilities, and wide-open areas for kids to run, dogs to play, and lots of air to breathe. Nearby is the imposing medieval Raby Castle set in a stunning landscape, and filled with treasures and art.

Getting To Locomotion

The event is a mere three-minute walk from Shildon railway station (SHD) on the Northern Rail line. Bus services are available from Bishop Auckland (Arriva number 5) and Darlington (Arriva number 1) that will drop you practically at the door to Locomotion. Driving can be just about as simple. Use Junction 58 off the A1(M) onto the A68 to Corbridge. Follow the signs to Locomotion.

Other Things To Do Around Shildon

While in Bishop Auckland, stop by and visit the site of the former Eden Theatre owned by the parents of Stan Laurel. A statue of the comedic genius and smaller half of the black-and-white duo, Laurel and Hardy, is on the site of the former theater. Stan Laurel was born and attended school in Bishop Auckland.

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The GL5 Rally is for train or miniature enthusiasts and for those who are interested in the rail history of the region and England. Join in the rally for a giant ride on a tiny train, or two.


When is the next GL5 Rally?

The GL5 Rally is planned to take place at Locomotion, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE, Thursday 5th November, 2020. This is a Four Day Steam Event.

Dale Road Industrial Estate
County Durham

01904 685 780

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