Stretch of historic Tyneside railway to be saved [Journal]





Date: 04/09/2013

Part of a newly-discovered historic Tyneside wooden railway hailed as being of international importance is to be saved. A 25m (82ft) stretch of the 1790s’ waggonway was unearthed weeks ago by archaeologists Alan Williams and Richard Carlton at the former Neptune shipyard in Walker, Newcastle, which is due for redevelopment by Shepherd Offshore. The superbly-preserved track, which carried coal from collieries to the Tyne for shipment, is the earliest and only surviving example of the standard gauge railway which spread across the world.


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Stretch of historic Tyneside railway to be saved

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A section of an 18th Century wooden railway unearthed on Tyneside is to be stored at the Stephenson Railway Museum in North Tyneside