On this day (6th July) in 1824….

On this day (6th July) in 1824….

On this day (6th July) in 1824, the foundation stone for the Skerne Bridge in Darlington was laid by Francis Mewburn, the Stockton & Darlington Railway Company’s solicitor. This was the largest engineered stone-built structure on the line and technically one...
Happy Rail Day!

Happy Rail Day!

On the 23rd May 1822, 200 years ago today, the first rail was ceremonially laid for the S&DR at St. John’s Well in Stockton. It was put in place by Thomas Meynell Esq., who lived at the Friarage in Yarm. He was Chairman of the S&DR Company and led a local band...
Sustainable railway souvenirs

Sustainable railway souvenirs

I was dusting today to avoid editing a report on an S&DR branch line of 1830 (done now I’m pleased to say) and this little pink lustre ware cup was one of the lucky ornaments getting some very rare attention. It reminded me why we set up The Railway Station Shop....