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 In total, 13,881 people attended 30 anniversary events between May and the end of October organised as part of the Stephenson 150 festival.

An exhibition in the Main Guard arranged by Berwick Civic Society had attracted some 7000 people. A two-day exhibition in the Guildhall at the end of June, which attracted 2000 people, while another 1600 had gone along to the model railway weekend at the Swan Centre and Heatherslaw Light Railway.

The five lectures dedicated to the memory of Gus Fairbairn on the history of the railways in Berwick had been attended by almost 400 people, and four rail-themed film nights at The Maltings had attracted 350.

300 pupils taking part in a 'Bridges to Schools' project at Longridge Towers.About 150 people had taken part in three railway walks.

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1st Class Locomotive


1st Class No 3.
This class of locomotives was ordered by the Sydney Railway Company & opened the Sydney to Parramatta railway for the Government Railways on 26th Sept, 1855. The locomotives were built by Robert Stephenson & Co. No 1 of this class is preserved as a static exhibit as the Power House Museum Sydney. In service the locomotive weighted 47.205t.

Trains operating on the day (Sunday 25th Oct, 2009) were trains that ran between Sydney & Bathurst from 1876 to the present day.

The shed housing these model trains measures 100 feet by 40 feet. The layout was developed by John Brown & owned by Paul Hennessy of Brewongle, NSW.

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Hello I’m Harry Riley

‘Return to Northumberland ’

On a recent October night we had the good fortune to attend an evening performance at a disused Northumberland Station, of a ghost story about a haunted railwayman who is tormented by the prospect of imminent tragedy along the line.

It was fitting that as we set off at dusk a thick autumn mist should descend, swirling over the hills and across the Scottish Borders (the direction we were travelling from) making driving more difficult as we crossed the River Tweed into England. Fortunately we arrived at our destination on time and saw the large banner proclaiming the ‘150th. Stephenson anniversary Celebrations.’

Coming towards us as the mist waxed and waned was a tall man carrying a torch and looking for the world like a Funeral Director in his long black frock coat and top hat. Tim Kirton (the Stephenson Project Officer) introduced Chris Green (the man in the Frock Coat and Top Hat) and the performance of the ghost story began. It was inspired and all credit to the Organisers. The show made for an enjoyable and unforgettable experience in a perfect railway setting, the murky darkness being broken only by the yellow light from a few Victorian station lamps. We even heard an owl hooting in the background.

Taking our leave afterwards with heads still full of ghostly images from the drama and with the car’s main lights cutting a swathe through the foggy night we drove towards the exit and just for a fleeting moment caught sight of a man standing alone on the platform. He appeared to be an old-fashioned railway employee, wearing a bowler hat, short jacket and kerchief round his neck. He was carrying a guard’s lantern and had a confused look on his countenance, as if he was waiting for his train.

We wondered as we drove home if we had imagined it…if this was part of the stage-managed production…or if it could have been just another lost soul waiting for a train that would never come.

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New Civil Engineer 12th November 2009New Civil Engineer 12th November 2009remembered

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Folksong composed and sung by Ray Derrick




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