find anything of interest? Perhaps you might want to view
the galleries of photographs covering, winter scenes, landscapes,
autumn scenes and nature in the
SCREEN SAVERS & WALLPAPER
Including savers of the Tanfield Railway;
The Nene Valley Railway;
if, after all this, all you want to do is curl up with a good book,
why not check out our
? You never know, you might find something of interest!
could even sit back and watch a video. There are plenty to choose
from on our
, delivered directly to your door.There is even a page dedicated
, just to keep your children happy.
" ..The adaption of rail-ways to speed was never, we believe,
thought of till the opening, in September, 1825, of the celebrated
Stockton & Darlington rail-road, a work which will for ever
reflect honour on its authors, for the new and striking manner
in which it practically demonstrated all the advantages of the
invention... " The Observer, 25th April, 1830.
1825 there were only 25 miles of public railroad open in the
world. 50 years later this had grown to 160,000 miles and
continued at an amazing pace thereafter. In 1825 there were
only 2 locomotives available for use on a public railway,
by the turn of the century, this had increased to 70,000.The
importance, magnitude and impact of the birth of the Stockton
& Darlington Railway on the transport systems of the world
cannot be measured.The story has been well documented over
the years, however it is extraordinary that it was not until
1875, the jubilee year of the opening that the first historical
record was published. The directors of the railway, on such
an auspices occasion considered it a suitable time in which
to produce the history as a souvenir of the jubilee and fill
the most important gap in all the writings of the history
of railways. The history by J.S. Jeans was compiled from the
records and documents appertaining to the railway company
from the date of inception, and in this respect its authenticity
is beyond doubt (or is it?).
FIRST STOCKTON & DARLINGTON RAILWAY ACT 1821
" An Act for making and maintaining a Railway or Tramroad
from the River Tees at Stockton to Witton Park Colliery, with
several branches therefrom, all in the County of Durham."
was not the first steam engine in the world, nor was she reliable
or efficient, but these issues pale into insignificance by
the mere fact of her place in history as the first locomotive
to pull a passenger railway train. Today she stands within
the walls of her first railway station at Darlington, a proud
memorial to the pioneers who revolutionised passenger transport
throughout the world. But this story is not just about a railway
company or a locomotive, but about people, and communities
and the way their lives changed with the advent of this wondrous
industrial revolution. So sit back and enjoy a journey on
SECOND STOCKTON & DARLINGTON RAILWAY ACT 1823
" An Act to enable the Stockton & Darlington Railway
Company to vary and alter the line of their Railway, and also
the line or lines of some of the Branches therefrom, and to
make an additional branch therefrom, and for altering and enlarging
the powers of the Act passed for making and maintaining the
you have arrived at this site and your interest is not in
the origins of the railway and you are only interested in
recent history and preserved locomotives, then why not visit
for the story of the 150 year celebrations
of the S. & D.R. and view the galleries and read the profiles
of the locomotives which took part. Or, for other steam locomotives,
galleries, including, Union of South Africa, Sir Lamiel, Mallard,
Lion, Thomas the Tank Engine, Blue Peter, Taw Valley, Burton
Agnes Hall, and many more.
which worked the S. & D.R. line from the 1870's to the
1950's, should not be forgotten.
THIRD STOCKTON & DARLINGTON RAILWAY ACT 1824
"An Act to authorise the Company of Proprietors of the
Stockton and Darlington Railway to relinquish one of their branch
railways, and to enable them to make another branch railway
in lieu thereof; and to enable the said Company to raise a further
sum of money, and to enlarge the powers and provisions of the
several Acts relating to the said Railway".
your preference is for diesel or electric locomotives.
Well, they are here also. Some old, some new, some being built
and some..!Class 37, 47, 86, etc. photographed in various locations
throughout the country.
You can view them all in the .
STOCKTON & DARLINGTON RAILWAY ACT 1828
"An Act authorising the Company to make a new line from
the Junction at Bowesfield Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, across the
River Tees, to Middlesbrough".
if you are wondering what now stands on that historic site
where it all began, then wonder no more; it is
& former home of Timothy Hackworth. Why not pay a visit?
You may even catch a glimpse of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth,
the Queen Mother, while you are there.
is in the Museum you may ask?You could take a ride on
, the preserved steam locomotive with its own section of the
former Stockton & Darlington Railway. View the slideshow.
is the working replica of
, built by the apprentices at Shildon workshops. , built in 1837, back home where her life began after
157 years. Read the history and view the slideshow.
used by Timothy Hackworth, which works at a touch of a button.
re-enactment of a as it would have happened in Timothy Hackworth's
days. View the galleries.The
found on the site and at a local house. Read the the letters.
The rooms decorated and furnished as they would have been
in Victorian times. The other exhibits, chaldron wagon, Stockton
& Darlington Railway Coach, dandy cart and many, many
if you haven't yet visited the place where it all started,
why not arrange a visit. You are guaranteed a warm welcome
from the residents of the North East of England and all at