This publication charts the rise in mining and quarrying during the nineteenth century and the part played by the North Eastern Railway in the carriage of that traffic, from the amalgamation in 1854 of the York, Newcastle & Berwick, York & North Midland and Leeds Northern Railways. Issued in 1905 these statistics were compiled for use by the company’s officers. Each subsequent years returns were issued by the Traffic Statistics Office so that the publication could be kept up to date.
The requirement for coal in power generation and other raw materials used in the manufacturing industry gave rise to the rapid development of the railway system as the best means of bulk transport. The abundance of coal near to the coast and rivers in the north east encouraged exports to Europe and elsewhere, plus coastwise shipment, in very large quantities. These statistics show the enormous increase in shipments causing additional facilities to be built at Tyne Dock, Dunston, Blyth and elsewhere. As well as overall output, figures are given for each category of coal & coke conveyed over the NER, totals and value shipped at each port or staith, totals destined for use in the Furness & West Cumberland districts. Comparative figures are also given on a county by county basis and the totals conveyed to London by all means. The output of other minerals such as barytes, chalk, ironstone, limestone, lead ore, salt and sandstone is given for each of the northern counties.