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Dams and Railways of Upper Teesdale and Weardale

Derek Newby discusses the waterways that followed the arrival of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

Shildon initially began to develop as a result of the arrival of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, but it was quickly realised that the area had little or no water supply. Hence Waskerley dam in Weardale was commenced, followed by the Dams of Teesdale to provide water for Darlington and Teesside. In 1933, Burnhope dam was begun to supplement Waskerley. 

In this presentation, Derek Newby explores the development of the dams and their connections with the railways. The presentation will explore the feat of engineering and how this connected to the NER to eventually bring raw materials through Shildon. 


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.

Header image taken from a 1962 BR poster.

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