World’s First Iron Railway Bridge headed for Shildon

From The Engineer, 24 September 1875

As part of the announcements concerning the re-opening of Locomotion, Shildon, it has been confirmed that the Gaunless Bridge is to be relocated from York. The bridge has stood forlornly outside the NRM for some time, looking increasingly neglected. The Head of Locomotion, Sarah Price, said “Gaunless Bridge is an object of tremendous historical, cultural and technological significance for the North-East of England. Bringing it to Locomotion will return it to the route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, give a focal point to the redevelopment of the museum and restore a great source of local pride and identity to the community in which the museum sits.”

See also the article in The Northern Echo.

Did You Know?

There were over 60 million passenger journeys on the NER in 1900.