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Beyond Shildon Tunnel

In the first of a new series of talks by the Friends of the National Railway Museum North East branch, Derek Newby delves into the history of Shildon Tunnel.

Built for the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company and opened in 1842, the Shildon Tunnel was a major engineering achievement, and is the world’s oldest working railway tunnel under an urban settlement.

The tunnel linked lines from New Shildon to Crook via Bishop Auckland and the Dene Valley, to access the local coal reserves. The history and impact of the Shildon Tunnel and beyond are explored in this presentation.

About the speaker

Derek Newby is a member of the Friends of the NRM (NE branch) and has a keen interest in local history, heritage and the environment.

Find out more about the Friends on their website.

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Part of the Science Museum Group