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Locomotion museum celebrates 10th anniversary

Bellerophon Image copyright Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon
Image caption Locomotion is playing host to a number of guest steam locomotives

A tourist attraction in County Durham is celebrating its 10th birthday.

Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, is playing host to a number of guest steam locomotives from around the UK to mark the occasion over the weekend.

When it opened, visitor expectations were set at about 60,000 a year, but a decade on it attracts more than 200,000 people annually.

The museum says it brings an estimated £3.5m a year into the local economy.

Pam Porter, from the museum, said: "We definitely make a positive impact in the local area.

"We [have] a very vibrant and busy volunteering programme, and we try to offer training opportunities as well with placements and apprenticeships.

"There's always something here for everybody."

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