Did you know? Tanfield Waggonway was 4' gauge; Hawks Waggonway (Gateshead) 4'3"; Wylam Waggonway used 5' gauge; Willington Waggonway 4'8", hence Killingworth Waggonway 4'8" & from there the Stephensons' influence spread to Hetton, the S&DR, the L&MR, across Britain & the world.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Bicentary of S&DR

The Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2025.   Friends of the S&DR are holding a conference at NRM Shildon this week to plan the celebrations, which includes a bid for world heritage status.   A few of our volunteers are manning a stall during the conference to advertise Tanfield Railway (which will celebrate the tercentenary of the Tanfield Waggonway in the same year).

The Brusselton Incline Group are also attending the conference.   The Incline fed coal onto the S&DR, and a walk was organised to view the recently excavated stone sleepers on the route east from the site of the stationary engine.

Looking east down from Brusselton engine; looking west up to the site of the engine
(photos courtesy of Angela Pickering)
Alan & Angela manning the Tanfield stand .....
{photo courtesy of Kevin Malone) 
..... & fielding questions from interested delegates & the public
(photo courtesy of Kevin Malone) 

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