Did You Know?

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


The NERA Archive consists of photographs, books, timetables, maps, plans, diagrams and other official railway documents. We currently hold more than 10,000 photographs and 6,500 documents.

As a trial, we have scanned some short original documents and these are available for downloading free of charge – please see the shop page. 

Many of our photographs have now been scanned and uploaded to our Image Archive. This is under development and as a trial, initial access has been given to Association members. A process to allow ordering of limited numbers of high-resolution scans will be added to the help screen and to the website in due course. Please click on the button on the right to see detailed instructions on how to access the image archive.

We are also jointly responsible with the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum for maintaining more than 6,000 photographs taken by our late member John Mallon together with his collection of around 4,000 documents assembled during his work on the railway.

You are welcome to examine any items from the NERA collection (by prior appointment with our Archivist) at the Ken Hoole Study Centre in the museum. In view of the Covid-19 restrictions this service may not be available, so please check first. In order to help with your research, we have prepared two “Finding Aid” tables which are available free of charge on our shop page – where you will also find some useful fact sheets about the NER and HBR.

For those unable to visit Darlington we can often provide digital scans or photocopies of much of our material, subject to size or copyright restrictions. We may ask for a donation to cover our costs, if any.

Please contact the Archivist if you think we may be able to assist you.

We regret that we are unable to undertake family history research. 

Our collection has been built up entirely due to the generosity of members and others in donating material, and the Archivist would be delighted to hear from anyone who has relevant documents or photographs that they would like to make available to us. Please click on the Collections Policy button which will give you an idea of what may be of interest.

Did You Know?

On Saturday 13 September 1913 Kenton station, on the Ponteland branch, was burned to the ground by militant suffragettes. As well as the timber buildings, some £1,000 worth of stored luggage was destroyed.