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BBC North-East reports:

A world-class visitor attraction is planned for a town not renowned as an international tourist destination.

Darlington Council wants to capitalise on the town’s railway heritage ahead of the Stockton and Darlington Railway’s bicentennial celebrations in 2025. A Railway Heritage Quarter could lead to Darlington being “recognised as the world’s most historic railway town”, a report to the council’s cabinet said.

The report said that plans for the heritage quarter at the Head of Steam Railway museum “would turn the site into a world-class attraction”. The authority has already secured £20m from the Tees Valley Combined Authority for the site. It is hoped it will attract local, national and international visitors and create local employment and business opportunities.

NERA is pleased to have been invited by Darlington Borough Council to send trustee representatives to the first meeting of the consultative group for the Railway Heritage Quarter in February. Our Archive is housed in one of the quarter’s historic S&DR buildings.

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Did You Know?

In 1870 the NER transported 15 million tons of coal; in 1907 this had risen to 40.6 million tons.