NZ4036 : Route 1 near Wingate

taken 4 years ago, near to Station Town, County Durham, Great Britain

Route 1 near Wingate
Route 1 near Wingate
This was once a very busy industrial area. A bridge once took the Castle Eden Railway over the Hartlepool and Ferryhill Branch which served Wingate Grange Colliery. On the right is the site of the Wingate Brick and Tile Works and there were numerous claypits in the surrounding area. Now just a strip of tar amongst fields with smoke rising from a bonfire near a shed.
Stockton and Castle Eden Branch

The railway was built by the North Eastern Railway in 1880, much later than most of the Durham coalfield railways. It was something of a plaything of the Londonderry family and served their residence at Wynyard Park. The 5th Marquis was able to hail trains at will as well as having a couple of private stations.

The route linked the Sunderland and Hartlepool Railway at Wellfield with Stockton through sparsely populated land and passenger services stopped in 1931 and the line was lifted in 1968. It is now used as the Castle Eden Walkway / Wynyard Woodland Park, as well as the National Cycle Network.

The railway never went to Castle Eden.

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Date Taken
Tuesday, 9 August, 2016   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 16 August, 2016
Geographical Context
Paths  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Railways  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
National Cycle Network (from Tags)
Railway (from Tags)
Castle Eden Branch  North Eastern Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4097 3696 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:43.5581N 1:21.9235W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 4101 3701
View Direction
Southwest (about 225 degrees)
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Brickworks (Site Of) 

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