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October 2020

Walking the Line: Allen’s West Station to the River Tees, Stockton

October 26, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Allen’s West Station, Allen's West Station
Stockton-on-Tees,TS16 0FEUnited Kingdom
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Free

Walking the Line: Allen’s West Station to the River Tees, Stockton 10.00 am to 2.30 pm Walk follows (or as near to as possible) the original route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. On route we will visit Eaglescliffe Station to point out where the S&DR route was originally; Preston Park to see the track bed of the S&DR, A66 Surtees Bridge, site of the suspension bridge over River Tees. St. John’s Crossing, site of an original S&DR weigh house.…

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Lockdown Lectures: What Survives of the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway?

October 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

The S&DR opened on the 27th September 1825 and its mainline ran for 26 miles between Witton Park in SW Durham, Darlington and Stockton. This talk with slides by Caroline Hardie of the Friends of the S&DR lasts just under 40 minutes, so get your packed lunch box and flask at the ready or grab something from the buffet and take a gentle trip from Witton Park Colliery to Stockton to see what's left of the 1825 Stockton & Darlington…

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Stockton & Darlington Railway 150th Anniversary Celebrations

October 27, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

The Queen Mother’s Visit to the Timothy Hackworth Museum for the 150th anniversary celebrations in 1975.   Watch the film to see the crowds and the Queen Mother in Shildon celebrating the anniversary.

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Lockdown Lectures: The Stockton & Darlington Railway’s Gaunless Bridge

October 28, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

An announcement on the 28th July 2020 by Locomotion, the railway museum in Shildon, that the ironwork for George Stephenson’s Gaunless Bridge is due to move from York to Locomotion in Shildon, was very welcome news. This short talk of just under 9 minutes is about that innovative and pioneering railway structure – the Gaunless Bridge near West Auckland.

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Was the meeting between Pease, Stephenson and Wood in 1821, a barefoot lie?

October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

This is a short discussion with slides of just over 10 minutes, between Caroline Hardie and Niall Hammond both Trustees of the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The story goes…..on Thursday 19th April 1821, an important, life changing meeting took place at Edward Pease's House in Darlington. George Stephenson (with an accent so strong he could barely be understood) and Nicholas Wood unexpectedly arrived at Pease's house to talk railways and initially they were turned away. Before knocking…

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Lockdown Lectures: Stockton & Darlington Railway: Myth Buster No2. What’s in a Name?

October 30, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

The name of the Stockton & Darlington Railway seems to give a lot of people trouble and they frequently get it wrong. For some it's the Stockton to Darlington Railway, others the Darlington & Stockton Railway or the Darlington to Stockton Railway. In this short myth buster, Caroline Hardie of the Friends of the S&DR looks at why it’s called the Stockton & Darlington Railway and why so many people get it wrong.

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Darlington Railway Quarter: the future

October 31, 2020 @ 8:00 am - November 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Free

Watch this online presentation on the future of the Railway Heritage Quarter, located at the site of the Head of Steam museum in Darlington. Once completed this will become a unique and authentic visitor attraction that reveals the story of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and the local communities who saw an opportunity and seized it. In doing so they transformed the rail industry in the process. The Railway Heritage Quarter will form a key attraction along the 26 miles of…

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November 2020

A walk on Cockfield Fell: The High Line and the Low Line

November 1, 2020
Free

Join Trish Pemberton, Chair of Friends of the Darlington & Stockton Railway as she walks the line. Find out about the coming of the railways to Cockfield Fell.  Visit the Haggerleases branch line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway and the Skew Bridge.  Find out about thousands of years of history on this scheduled ancient monument.

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Worldwide Connections

November 1, 2020
Free

The Stockton & Darlington Railway, when it opened in 1825, ushered in the modern railway world and changed the face of the planet.  The celebrations in 2025 will be international in scope.  Find out what the Friends of the S&DR have been doing to try to make this happen by looking at the chair’s blog of her two-week trip to the States funded by the Heritage Alliance and British Council.  Find out more about the work of the Friends, including…

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The Hackworth Archive and Other Treasures

November 1, 2020
Free

Join Alison Kay, Archives Manager for the National Railway Museum to learn about her experience over the last decade managing the museum archives.   She will describe the huge and varied NRM Collection, highlight key archives and explain how to access them. Location: Online recorded from a live event on 18 September, please email info@locomotion.org.uk for a link to download the talk.

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