Darlington Street Railroad Company

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Darlington Street Railroad
Locale Darlington
Open 1 January 1862
Close 1 January 1865
Status Closed
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Propulsion system(s) Horse

Darlington Street Railroad operated a tramway service in Darlington between 1862 and 1865.[1]


The Darlington Street Railroad Company started operation on 1 January 1862.[2] It was the brainchild of George Francis Train, who had previously attempted to introduce horse tramway services in Birkenhead and London

It encountered a number of major issues including forgery of the tokens needed to use the trams; cows and farmers obstructing the line, and a case which reached Durham Summer Assizes in July 1864 where Charles Miller claimed £50 compensation for the loss of his greyhound.


The last day of operation was 1 January 1865. The rails were removed in February, the company was officially declared bankrupt in November, and wound up in December.[3]


  1. ^ The Golden Age of Tramways. Published by Taylor and Francis.
  2. ^ Darlington & Stockton Times, 4 January 1862
  3. ^ The London Gazette, 26 December 1865