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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Passenger services were withdrawn in 1952.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.
by Richard Webb

Created: Mon, 15 Aug 2016, Updated: Mon, 15 Aug 2016

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NZ3745 : Hawthorn/Ryehope Way by Richard Webb
NZ3950 : Millennium Milepost by Richard Webb
NZ3849 : Seaton Bank by Richard Webb
NZ4050 : Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed by Richard Webb
NZ3848 : Hawthorn/Ryehope Way by Richard Webb
NZ3745 : Station Hotel by Richard Webb
NZ3949 : Site of Seaton Station by Richard Webb
NZ3949 : Seaton Plantation by Richard Webb
NZ3847 : Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed by Richard Webb
NZ3846 : Hawthorn/Ryehope Way by Richard Webb
NZ3950 : Hawthorn/Ryhope Way by Richard Webb
NZ4050 : Cutting, Durham and Sunderland Railway by Richard Webb
NZ3746 : Hawthorn/Ryehope Way by Richard Webb
NZ4052 : Durham and Sunderland Railway trackbed by Richard Webb

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