The Railway Centenary 1825-1925 Stockton-on-Tees by Anon., The Stockton-on-Tees Railway Centenary Committee, 1925 [ebook]


Hard cover book, coloured boards 8.5”x 5.5, pp. 107, 30 illustrations, including half tone B&W photographs, engravings, woodcuts, old maps and plans.


The title of this book is a little misleading, as only three pages are concerned with the celebrations as such, and describe what is planned rather than reporting after the event. The first 20 pages are a very readable summary of the history of the town, and its development as a “Transport Hub” prior to the advent of the railway. The next 50 pages, deal with the development of railways from their primitive beginning, the evolution of the steam locomotive up to “Locomotion”, and the planning a construction of the Stockton & Darlington line.

The book then reverts to a description of the development of Stockton as a municipality, its industrial development, and social progress.

One gets the impression that Stockton was worried about being left out. Royalty was driven round the town by car, and unveiled a plaque on the incorrectly described “World’s First Ticket Office”, and a former Stockton & Darlington carriage was placed on display at the station.



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