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Bishop Auckland and Weardale Railway
(Stockton and Darlington Railway)
 

This line is open from Shildon to Bishop Auckland. It is currently out of use from Bishop Auckland to Wear Valley Junction (for the Weardale Railway). North of Wear Valley Junction much of the line has been used for new roads.

 

Clickable map of the Bishop Auckland and Weardale Railway
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Local area

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This line ran from Shildon to Crook through an area where there was much mining activity.

Chronology 

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Description of route 

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From Shildon to Crook.

Shildon Opened:XX
   
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The line started from Shildon and ran north-west, through Shildon Tunnel (owned by the Shildon Tunnel Company), to Bishop Auckland. The alignment replaced the earlier Black Boy Incline which was partly retained to serve coalmines. The current station is on the new alignment.

Bishop Auckland Opened:XX
   
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This became an enormous station built in a triangular junction with platforms on each side of the triangle. Sadly many lines have closed and it has been reduced to a single platform on the former alignment for the line to Wear Valley Junction.

Etherley Opened:XX
   
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Wear Valley Junction Opened:XX
   
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Nothing remains of the station at the junction. The station had staggered platforms, the northbound one being south of the southbound one.

Today this is the end of the route of this line, although the Wear Valley Railway continues west to Eastgate.

Beechburn Opened:XX
   
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The original station here (probably a goods station only) was to the north of the later passenger station.

Crook (Old) Opened:XX
   
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The original station at Crook was later replaced and left on a short branch when the route was extended north by the Weardale Extension Railway.


Page created on 02/10/2006
Page last edited on: 07/08/2011
Contact: Ewan Crawford