Stockton and Darlington Railway

Introduction

This line is mostly open. This was the first public line to employ steam power from its opening. Line line was 25 miles long, engineered by George Stephenson and opened in September 1825 from Witton Park Colliery to Stockton [1st]. The gauge of this line was accepted as standard gauge and is used in Britain and throughout the world.






Dates

  /  /1821Stockton and Darlington Railway
Company incorporated
  /  /1825Charles Tennant
Charles Tennant, one of the promoters of the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, visits the Stockton and Darlington Railway with his family. Local suppliers and mines further afield via the Monkland Canal were struggling to meet the coal demands of the St Rollox Chemical Works.
  /  /1825Stockton and Darlington Railway
Line opened from Witton Park (by Shildon) to Stockton Quay
  /  /1827Black Boy Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Line opened from Shildon to the Black Boy Incline to the Black Boy Colliery, Adelaide Pit, Eldon Pit and Deanery Pit.
  /  /1830Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Opened from Stockton (Bowesfield Junction) to Middlesbrough [Watson^s Wharf] .
  /  /1837Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Middlesbrough [2nd] station relocated at further east riverside location.
30/11/1841Stockton and Darlington Railway
Runs service from Darlington (North Road) to the Clarence Railway^s terminus at Coxhoe. (This was in anticipation of the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway^s opening.)
  /  /1842Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Middlesbrough Dock Goods branch opened.
05/05/1842Stockton and Darlington Railway
Runs service from Darlington (North Road) to its South Church terminus. This was in anticipation of the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway opening.
  /  /1846Middlesbrough and Redcar Railway
Line opened from Middlesbrough (passenger connection) and Guisborough Junction (goods/mineral), both off the Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway), to Redcar [1st]. Stations opened at Middlesbrough, Cleveland Port, Redcar [1st].
16/07/1846Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Second Leeds and Thirsk Act gives powers to open a line from Northallerton to Billingham on the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway, Eaglescliffe on the Stockton and Darlington Railway and Stockton on the Clarence Railway.
30/07/1855Dearness Valley Railway
Act passed for line between Durham and Waterhouses. Line connected at western end with colliery line to East Hedleyhope and tortuous line to Crook via the Stanley Inclines of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
  /  /1859Stanhope and Tyne Railway
Nanny Mayor's Incline closed, replaced by the Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway) (and reversal at Burnhill Junction).
  /  /1859Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Opened from Burnhill Junction to Whitehill Junction. Burnhill Junction [Station] opened.
  /  /1859Stanhope and Tyne Railway
Waskerley closed (coinciding with the closure of Nanny Mayor's Incline) and the opening of the Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway).
  /  /1861Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Opened from Warrenby Junction (Middlesbrough and Redcar Railway) to Saltburn. Stations opened at Redcar, Marske and Saltburn (a temporary platform - replaced the following year).
  /  /1862Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Permanent Saltburn station building opened. Architect William Peachey.
30/06/1862Eden Valley RailwayStockton and Darlington Railway
Eden Valley Railway bought by the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
30/06/1862South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway
Absorbed by Stockton and Darlington Railway.
  /  /1863Stockton and Darlington RailwayNorth Eastern Railway
Stockton and Darlington Railway absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1867Weardale Extension Railway (Derwent Iron Company)
Sunnyside Incline replaced by Sunnyside Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway). Tow Law [1st] closed. Closed from foot of Sunnyside Incline to Sunnyside Depot.
  /  /1867Sunnyside Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Deviation opened along with Tow Law [2nd].
  /  /1877Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Middlesbrough station entirely rebuilt on same site.
  /  /1893Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Burnhill Junction [Station] renamed Burnhill.
  /  /1908Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Diversion of the main line south around Tees Marshalling Yard.
  /  /1929Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Saltburn East opened.
  /  /1939Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Burnhill closed to passengers.
  /  /1950Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Redcar renamed Redcar Central.
  /  /1956Sunnyside Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Tow Law [2nd] closed to passengers.
  /  /1965Weardale Extension Railway (Derwent Iron Company) Sunnyside Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Closed from Blackfield Siding via Tow Law [1st] to by Crook [1st].
  /  /1969Nanny Mayor's Incline Deviation (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Closed from Burnhill Junction to Whitehill Junction. Later used to access Burn Hill MOD and Burnhill.
  /  /1978Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Portion of line abandoned when a deviation is opened to the south of the original alignment close to the former Warrenby Junction.
  /  /1978Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Line cut back at Saltburn and the trainshed demolished.
  /  /1985Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Longbeck opened.
  /  /1990Saltburn Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
The main station building at Redcar Central falls out of railway use.
23/09/2002Middlesbrough Branch (Stockton and Darlington Railway)
Thornaby station renovated and staffed.
  /  /2004Stockton and Darlington Railway
NRM Shildon opened.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Stockton to Darlington to Witton Park Colliery





Brush Type 4 D1795 has just passed Bowesfield signal box, standing at the eastern apex of the triangle of lines to the west of Tees Yard and south of ...
Bill Jamieson 02/10/1970
A rake of what at first glance appears to be 16t mineral wagons passes Bowesfield box to the west of Thornaby in October 1970 behind class 37 No.  ...
Bill Jamieson 02/10/1970
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This is a two platform station. Services are extremely sparse and public transport links to the airport no longer exist. ...

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Northern Pacer 142094, working from Saltburn to Bishop Auckland, runs through Teesside Airport (without stopping of course) on 24th June. In 2017 the ...
Mark Bartlett 24/06/2017
The epitome of Parliamentary services, this is Teesside Airport station, which only has one train calling in each direction per week. Opened in ...
Mark Bartlett 24/06/2017
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It may be a railway museum, but from this angle, it has a management training centre look about it. ...
Ken Strachan 03/08/2017
The station forecourt at North Road, Darlington, seen here looking south east in April 2008, shortly after completion of refurbishment and conversion ...
John Furnevel 04/04/2008
Northern 142065 calls at North Road, Darlington, with the 1000 Saltburn - Bishop Auckland on 24 April 2009. The station building, seen in the ...
John Furnevel 24/04/2009
The passenger side of the refurbished ticket office at Darlington^s North Road museum on 4 April 2008. ...
John Furnevel 04/04/2008
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Looking west from Darlington North Road station towards Hopetown Lane on 4 October 2008. The green open space was once part of Darlington Works ...
John Furnevel 04/10/2008
View northwest along Hopetown Lane, Darlington, on 4 October 2008, showing the south end of the Stockton & Darlington Railway^s Hopetown Carriage ...
John Furnevel 04/10/2008
Southwest of Darlington^s North Road station, across what was once the scrapyard of Darlington Works and is now an empty field, stands the old ...
John Furnevel 04/10/2008
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This junction North of North Road station was the first access (geographically) to the Stainmore line on leaving Darlington. Our exploration, from a ...
Ken Strachan 05/08/2017
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A further shot of J21 0-6-0 no 65099 with D2053 in the works reception sidings at Darlington shed in late 1961 see image 41693. The lengthy ...
K A Gray //1961
J27 0-6-0 65796 looking resplendent in the yard at Darlington Works in early 1963. ...
K A Gray //1963
A gleaming B16 4-6-0 no 61434 in the sidings alongside Darlington Works, thought to have been photographed in January 1962. The locomotive would soon ...
K A Gray /01/1962
Gresley V3 2-6-2T no 67635 awaits its fate at Darlington in October 1963. Withdrawn from Thornton Junction on 30 September, the locomotive was cut up ...
K A Gray 26/10/1963
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Looking south over the level crossing at Heighington towards Darlington on 18 March 2015. A new REB has appeared on the right next to the signalbox ...
John McIntyre 18/03/2015
Looking north over the level crossing at Heighington on 18 March 2015. This station is on the route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and opened ...
John McIntyre 18/03/2015
Scene at Heighington on 19 June 2013. A train has just departed for Bishop Auckland, with another about to leave for Darlington. Meanwhile a small ...
Brian Taylor 19/06/2013
Looking to Shildon. It was here that the Locomotion No 1 was assembled. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/02/2004
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A Bishop Auckland to Saltburn train calls at Newton Aycliffe on 18 March 2015. ...
John McIntyre 18/03/2015
Hitachi Rail Europe celebrates the first Intercity Express (IEP) train to be built in the UK at its manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County ...
Hitachi Rail Europe 09/12/2016
Leaving Newton Aycliffe for Heighington on 18 March 2015. What is not so obvious nowadays is the trackbed of the line that once ran towards Stockton, ...
John McIntyre 18/03/2015
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Looking east from Spout Lane towards Darlington. The National Railway Museum^s ^Locomotion^ museum is now located on the former sidings on the right. ...
Bill Roberton //1994
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Stanier Pacific no 6201 Princess Elizabeth passing over Masons Arms level crossing, Shildon, in September 1975 as part of the celebrations ...
John Thorn //1975
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A plaque referring to the restoration of a retaining wall on a section of embankment, alongside South Terrace, supporting the Brusselton Incline on ...
David Pesterfield 20/12/2019
View looking almost north of the now rebuilt farm accommodation bridge on the now restored Brusselton Incline, on the former Stockton & Darlington ...
David Pesterfield 20/12/2019
View looking south easterly over Brusselton Lane to the east side embankment on the restored section of the Brusselton Incline, on the former Stockton ...
David Pesterfield 20/12/2019
View looking in an easterly direction across a partially rebuilt farm accommodation bridge and Brusselton Lane, along the restored section of the ...
David Pesterfield 20/12/2019
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The view east from the site of West Auckland station. On the right is the formation of the original Stockton and Darlington line to Shildon, via the ...
Mark Bartlett 08/04/2018
The station site at West Auckland, looking south west on the line towards Barnard Castle in April 2018. Apparently there were two platforms here, but ...
Mark Bartlett 08/04/2018
The North Eastern Railway Association May walk ^rolls^ into West Auckland MPD on May 3rd 2014, part way through a Shildon, Brusselton, West Auckland, ...
Brian Taylor 03/05/2014
67636 at West Auckland on 13 October 1962, some 4 months after the station had lost its passenger service. The V3 had worked into nearby West ...
K A Gray 13/10/1962
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Yarm Branch








Croft Branch

Darlington to Croft Goods.







Worsdell NER class J72 0-6-0T 68743 and sister loco 68747 stabled on 51A Darlington Shed on 27 May 1962. The Gresley V3 2-6-2T seen beyond the J72s is ...
David Pesterfield 27/05/1962
A pair of Thompson L1 2-6-4 tanks, both built in the Darlington works of Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn, languish in the sidings alongside Darlington ...
K A Gray //1963
A pair of Thompson L1 2-6-4 tanks, nos 67780 and 67787, both built by Robert Stephenson and Hawthorn, Darlington and both eventually withdrawn by BR ...
K A Gray //1963
J25 0-6-0 65691, standing below the footbridge linking Darlington steam shed with the DMU depot on the west side of the main line. Thought to have ...
K A Gray //1961
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