Tees Valley Railway
|Tees Valley Railway|
The Tees Valley Railway was an 8 3⁄4-mile (14.1 km) branch railway line that ran between Barnard Castle on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway line between Bishop Auckland and Kirkby Stephen East, and Middleton-in-Teesdale via three intermediate stations Cotherstone, Romaldkirk and Mickleton.
Built as the southern section of a proposed a line from Barnard Castle to Alston that was never completed the section to Middleton-in-Teesdale was built by the Tees Valley Railway opening on 13 May 1868, with intermediate stations at Mickleton and Cotherstone. Romaldkirk opened later in the July of the same year.
The line was primarily used to transport stone from first the Middleton Quarry and later the Park End Crossthwaite Quarries. Although Middleton Quarry closed in the 1930s the other two quarries outlasted the line.
The line closed for passenger traffic on 30 November 1964 and the line closed to freight on 5 April 1965.
The site today
Much of the line now forms the Tees Valley Railway Walk, with parking provided at the former site of Mickleton station.
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