Railway tunnel marks 175th anniversary

Wednesday 19th April will mark the 175th anniversary of the Prince of Wales railway tunnel’s official opening.

The tunnel runs between Chestnut Close / Burnie Gardens in Shildon and Campbell Terrace – commonly known as Paddy’s Row – in Eldon Lane and is thought to be the world’s oldest working railway tunnel which passes under a settlement.

At the start of the railway lines in 1825, Bishop Auckland and the coalfields of Crook and surrounding areas could not be reached, and it was the owners of these coalfields who agitated for the tunnel to be driven through.

Several members of various factions of railway history groups will be marking the event, and are inviting anyone with an interest to go along.

The group will meet adjacent to the aqueduct at the south entrance at 11.20am, when they will then walk to the Locomotion Museum.

For more details email jraw2833@aol.com.

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