"The Stockton-Darlington Railway wasn't the first time steam locomotives had
been used to pull people, but it was the first time they had been used to pull
passengers over any distance worth talking about. In 1825 that day came when a
line running all the way from the coal pits in the hills around County Durham
to the River Tees at Stockton was opened officially. This was an experiment, a
practice, a great endeavour by local businessmen and engineers, such as the
famous George Stephenson, who astounded crowds of onlookers with the
introduction of 'Locomotion 1' halfway along the line, which began pulling
people towards Darlington and then the docks at Stockton.
This was a day that would not only transform human transportation forever, but
accelerate the industrial revolution to a blistering pace.
In this video I want to look at what remains of that line - not the bit still
in use between the two towns, but the bit out in the coalfields. And I want to
see how those early trailblazers tackled the rolling hills, with horses and
stationary steam engines to create a true amalgamation of old-world and
Via Joseph Teller.
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