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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.
Timetables, Station Working & Appendices
The NERA produce a number of timetables; the earliest being the Working Timetable (WTT) of Jan 1861 at a time when the S&DR and N&C had still to be incorporated into the NER. The sparse service provided in 1861 contrasts with the 2 volumes of the winter 1898-99 WTT which demonstrates the growth in suburban traffic around Newcastle, the rise in Anglo Scottish passenger / freight traffic and the pattern of services provided to rural branches in an age prior to competition from motor bus or lorry. The 1927 Mineral Train Timetable for the Newcastle District gives an insight into the regular workings required to move the vast output of the Northumberland coalfield to staith, factory and station. The complex working of passenger trains in and out of York and Leeds City is covered in the Arrivals and Departures books for 1953 and 1939 respectively.
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The first separation between train operators and railway infrastructure took place on the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1825. It was not a success.