Tanfield Railway. The First Three Hundred Years – signed book By George Turner Smith
The railway line at Tanfield was already a hundred years old when the Stockton & Darlington Railway opened in 1825. It began life as a wooden waggonway, built to facilitate the movement of coal from collieries in NW Durham to the River Tyne and although there were many such waggonways around at the time, it was the greatest of them all, boasting the world’s first recognisable stone railway bridge. Steam would eventually replace horses on the line and it operated as a conventional railway, albeit with inclines, until the 1960s. However before it ceased to be part of our national railway network, part of the line was adopted as a steam heritage railway with the result that this is probably the oldest continual working railway anywhere in the world. This is an account of its three hundred working years.
Paperback 152 Pages
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