NZ3847 : Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed

taken 8 years ago, near to Murton, County Durham, England

Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed
Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed
Approaching Murton Junction after the haul up from Ryhope.
Durham and Sunderland Railway

The railway was opened in 1836 and was for twenty years cable hauled by fixed engines. At the time of construction it was believed that the gradients would be too much for locomotives and the engineers chose to build the line with steep gradients. When taken over the North Eastern Railway in the 1850s technology had long since moved on and the route was locomotive operated until final closure in 1991 when Murton Colliery closed.

Passenger services were withdrawn in 1952.

The steepness of the line up to Murton was one of the sharpest gradients on the railway network and used for locomotive trials.

Hawthorn/Ryhope Way :: NZ3950

A path using the trackbed of the Durham and Sunderland Railway. It is part of the National Cycle Network (Route 1) and has mostly a whindust surface.

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Geographical Context: Paths Railways National Cycle Network: Route1 Railway: North Eastern Railway Durham and Sunderland
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Durham and Sunderland Railway [4] · Trackbed [2] ·
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NZ3847, 24 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Richard Webb   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Monday, 15 August, 2016
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3843 4781 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:49.4200N 1:24.2037W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3848 4790
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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