Stockton and Darlington Railway


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 to Stockton Quay. The gauge of this line was accepted as standard gauge and is used in Britain and throughout the world.


  /  /1821Stockton and Darlington Railway
Company incorporated
  /  /1825Charles Tennant
Visits the Stockton and Darlington Railway with his family.
  /  /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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.

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
The passenger side of the refurbished ticket office at Darlington's North Road museum on 4 April 2008. ...
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
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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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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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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.