Darlington-based The Little Quaker Distillery is supporting the current Keep The Loco in Darlo campaign by creating and selling a limited- edition gin – available from the distillery website.

Built by pioneering railway engineers George and Robert Stephenson, Locomotion No. 1 was the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger-carrying train on a public railway, making its inaugural journey in 1825 between Stockton and Darlington.

For more than 160 years the locomotive has been looked after by the people of Darlington, and since 1975 it has been on permanent display at the Head of Steam, Darlington’s railway museum. As a national asset, Locomotion No. 1 is part of the National Collection and is therefore under the control of the National Railway Museum (NRM), part of the Science Museum Group. Now, the NRM has revealed plans to move it out of town.

Distillery owner Paul Colman said: “We had no hesitation in supporting the campaign, Locomotion No. 1 is such an important part of Darlington’s heritage. Our Keep The Loco In Darlo gin hits the senses with fresh citrus flavours with a lingering taste of summer fruits.”