NZ3549 : Hetton - Warden Law Trail, near Houghton-le-Spring

taken 9 years ago, near to Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, Great Britain

Hetton - Warden Law Trail, near Houghton-le-Spring
Hetton - Warden Law Trail, near Houghton-le-Spring
As its name suggests, the Hetton - Warden Law Trail links Hetton-le-Hole with Warden Law. Here, it follows the route of the Hetton Colliery Railway which opened in the early 1820s.

The railway was built to carry coal from the mines at Hetton-le-Hole to the port at Sunderland where it could be loaded onto ships. It was the first railway in the world to be designed for locomotives rather than horses, opening about three years before the Stockton & Darlington Railway. However, unlike the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the Hetton Colliery Railway did not carry passengers.

The mine at Hetton-le-Hole closed in 1950. The railway carried on running for another nine years, as it also served several other mines nearby, but it closed in 1959 and was dismantled.

More information about the Hetton Colliery Railway and the mines it served can be found on the Durham Records Online website: LinkExternal link (Archive LinkExternal link )
Hetton Colliery Railway :: NZ3855

The trackbed of a historic railway line, built in 1822 (Engineer: George Stephenson) and the first designed for steam locomotives from the start. It predates Stockton and Darlington. Now mostly a path, it is notable for its hilly course with numerous inclines. The last bit of the track was lifted in 1960.

There is no sign of the railway's historic significance on the ground.

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Saturday, 30 March, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 2 April, 2013
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3536 4941 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:50.2961N 1:27.0588W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3539 4944
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