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National Railway Museum has 'best ever' year

The National Railway Museum in Shildon and York had their "best ever" year, attracting 1.3 million visitors.

The reunion of the six surviving A4 locomotives, Mallard, Union of South Africa, Dominion of Canada, Bittern, Sir Nigel Gresley and Dwight D Eisenhower, attracted more than 364,000 visitors alone.

Simon Smalley, from Shildon National Rail Museum, said he had "never had queues like it" in the gift shop.

About 4,600 mugs and magnets, 1,000 bottles of Mallard beer and 380 pairs of Mallard socks were bought during the free nine-day exhibition.

The Great Goodbye exhibition was part of celebrations for Mallard's 75th anniversary.

  • 21 May 2014
  • From the section Tees
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