For both the 100th in 1925, and 150th in 1975 S&D anniversaries a flood of souvenirs and publications were issued, sadly, a lot of which were a question of jumping on a band-wagon for a cheap profit. I had first-hand experience of Rail 150, as I was Acting Head of Eastern Region Public Relations section at York, and heavily involved; you would not believe some of the rubbish which flowed across my desk.
One of the more attractive little items from 1925, was this facsimile time table, re-issued by the original publishers. Like any time table, it is a snapshot in time. Passengers travelling north to Newcastle will have to detrain at Gateshead, and travel into the city by coach. The High Level Bridge giving rail access is not due to open until the following month. Similarly, those travelling to London will arrive at Euston, as the Great Northern Railway temporary terminus, outside King’s Cross, is not due to open until 1850. On the other hand there are some novel journey opportunities like Newcastle to Maryport, thanks to an agreement between the Newcastle & Carlisle and the Maryport & Carlisle Railways.
This is a little gem of railway history.
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