1844: London to Newcastle in 9 Hours!


Extract from: The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson, by Samuel Smiles, 1881.

On the 18th of June, 1844, the Newcastle and Darlington line - an important link of the great main highway to the north - was completed and publicly opened, thus connecting the Thames and the Tyne by a continuous line of railway. On that day George Stephenson and a distinguished party of railway men travelled by express train from London to Newcastle in about nine hours. It was a great event, and was worthily celebrated.  The population of Newcastle held holiday; and a banquet given in the Assembly Rooms the same evening assumed the form of an ovation to Mr. Stephenson and his son.

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