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A History of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway

Price: £18.50

Published by
North Eastern Railway Association on 17/02/2011

ISBN : 978 1 873513 75 0

  Edited by John Addyman


The history of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway (N&B) was selected as a suitable subject for a book to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the North Eastern Railway Association. Although the N&B provides one-sixth of the East Coast Main Line's mileage it has never had a detailed account of its origins and development. Its existence is not a forgone conclusion as a hard battle had to be fought to get it built and, following declining freight and passenger traffic, it was even proposed for complete closure in 1983. Electrification in 1991 and an upsurge in rail travel now sees it with a secure and profitable future. This history covers the remarkable events leading up to the authorization of the railway, explains its choice of designs for structures and buildings, together with the development of its signalling and train services. The three main stations, Morpeth, Alnmouth and Tweedmouth together with the Kelso branch are given detailed coverage.
Hardcover, 120 pages, 160 illustrations, maps and line drawings.



Posted By Robert. Stephenson
Posted By Robert. Stephenson


Posted By Robert. Stephenson



Michael Taylor, Levi Jackson from Saltburn and Mike Gardiner.

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) North East has been helping half-term visitors to a Northumberland museum to have fun and learn about the region’s railway heritage.

Youngsters who visited the Bailiffgate Museum Gallery, in Alnwick, were able to learn about and make their own semaphore railway signal, with the help of ICE North East volunteers.

The activities were part of a major exhibition run jointly by the museum and the Robert Stephenson Trust, entitled Robert and the Railways, which runs until Friday, April 1.

Stephenson was one of the greatest engineers of the 19th Century and one of the ICE’s most famous presidents. The exhibition features a large display of local and regional railway memorabilia.

Mike Gardiner, regional education coordinator for ICE North East, said: “Most of the young people who came along didn’t know what a semaphore signal was until they sat down and learned all about them with us.

“However, they all became very enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed their time creating their own models and were delighted to take them home. Many young boys – and lots of the girls - still wants to be railway drivers, and there is something magical about the heritage this region enjoys that inspires fun and learning to come together.”

The Bailiffgate Museum is open every day between 10am and 4pm.

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stepherockFrom Shire Publications

Price £6.99

Author: Richard Gibbon OBE


The iconic shape of George and Robert Stephenson''s Rocket, as unveiled to the world in 1829, is arguably the most enduring silhouette in railway history. But why was Rocket that special, curious, shape? And why does the surviving locomotive, a star exhibit at London''s Science Museum, look so unlike the striking yellow image associated with the Rocket today?

Rocket was built to take part in The Rainhill Trials, the competition to find a locomotive design to pull trains on the world''s first passenger line, the Liverpool and Manchester. The trials caught the public''s imagination and its victor, Rocket, became a sensation. It quickly became of symbol of technological progress and was increasingly seen as a milestone in industrial, and world, history.

Incorporating several important innovations, the Stephensons'' engine set the pattern for future world steam locomotive development for the next 130 years. But would the steam locomotive have developed differently if Rocket had not won the trials? Richard Gibbon addresses all these questions while exploring in words and pictures the machine that became the metaphor for what is seen as Britain''s greatest gift to the industrial world: the steam locomotive.




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