Darlington group to develop railway tourism

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A GROUP has been set up to establish Darlington as the ultimate destination for railway tourism by 2025 – the 200th anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

The task of preserving and promoting the town’s railway heritage has been handed to The Rail Heritage Inquiry Group, which will draw up a masterplan for the project and identify funding sources.

Ideas include organising coach trips to visit the town’s railway heritage, creating a direct rail link to the Head of Steam Museum and putting more signs up around the town and on the A1 highlighting Darlington’s importance in the history of the railways.
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/ne...lington_top_destination_for_railway_tourists/
 
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Maybe they could restore the former Great North Of England Railway engine shed at Parkgate Junction? I went past it the other day and it is derelict with trees growing round it.
 

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The turntable still seems to be intact, just to the south of the mainline station, though it looks as if its been oxidising nicely for many years. It doesn't appear to be connected to any running track either, though maybe the track has just become so overgrown that its not readily visible.
 
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