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Aycliffe Lane
Aycliffe and Heighington

Station code: HEI National Rail
Where: North East England, England
Opened on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.


This is a two platform station on a double track line. The platforms are staggered with the northbound platform south of a level crossing and southbound to its north. A signal box is on the west side, north of the crossing and an old inn is south of the crossin gon the east side. Heighington village is a mile and a half to the west.

The Stockton and Darlington Railway opened to goods and minerals traffic in September 1825. Passenger services began between Stockton and Darlington on 10/10/1825. These were extended from Darlington to Shildon in April 1826. The inn and goods/parcel depot building at Heighington, on the east side of the railway south of the level crossing, opened in 1827.

'Locomotion', built by Robert Stephenson & Co of Newcastle, was placed on the rails here on 16/09/1826.

The name of the station has varied over time with variations such as Aycliffe Lane, Aycliff and Heighington, and Heighington.

Possibly the oldest station in use today.


Station Level crossing Staggered platforms

News items

18/10/2023The world's first railway station identified [Rail Engineer]
28/09/2023The world's first over-packed train: First ever passenger journey is recalled as railway station where George Stephenson's Locomotion No 1 engine was put on the rails in 1825 is given upg [Daily Mail]


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