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The Stockton and Darlington Railway

The 26 miles of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (S&DR) went from Witton Park in County Durham, through Shildon, Darlington and Stockton. The Railway operated along this route from 1825, and was the birthplace of the modern railway system, bringing together several technical innovations to deliver an effective and profitable passenger and freight network. Eventually extended to Middlesbrough and Saltburn, the line afforded people some of the first travel and leisure opportunities and changed the shape of the world’s communications, travel and economy.

Original route of the S&DR in 1825:

Some of the historic railway remains in use today however, despite its fame as the birthplace of the modern railway system, sadly parts of the S&DR have been lost, and much of what remains today is suffering from neglect and dereliction.

Restoring the track as a heritage destination will give a much needed boost to the local area and economy.

For more detailed information about the S&DR, what remains and its importance, then please refer to our Historic Environmental Audit which was written in 2016.