Steam Works

Bluebell Railway, East Sussex

Based on three core themes of Who makes a locomotive work? How does it work? and What is its story? the displays encourage a spirit of enquiry and support STEM learning conversations in the exhibition.


The focus of the displays is a full-size reconstruction of Stepney (the inspiration for Thomas the Tank engine), ‘exploded’ to show its working parts. A realistic driving experience is featured in the cab alongside role-play opportunities, with hands-on interactives based on the harnessing of power (created by water, coal and heat) and transmission (through reciprocal to rotative movement).


‘Talking Head’ stories of those who work (and worked) on the locomotives highlight personalities and acquired skills.

© 2019 RFA Design Ltd.

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