Shildon railway museum enjoys 'record numbers'

Union of South Africa and Mallard locomotives Mallard proved a big hit with the crowds in February

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A County Durham railway museum has hailed an "amazing year" in which it attracted a record number of visitors.

Almost 300,000 people visited the National Railway Museum at Shildon in the 12 months up to 1 April.

Museum director Paul Kirkman credited the success to a locomotive event in February.

About 120,000 visitors attended The Great Goodbye exhibition as part of celebrations for Mallard's 75th anniversary.

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