Waggonways


"In the early 1600s a Nottinghamshire businessman called Huntingdon Beaumont came to Northumberland and laid rails from collieries near Blyth to a shipping point on the coast. His waggonway used horses hauling wooden waggons on wooden wheels on wooden rails, however this was not a financial success. It did though provide the spark of progression from primitive wooden rails over short distances, to a railway network which would change Britain and the world forever. From the mid 1600 onwards waggonways and the Tyneside coal industry became linked so closely that they were known throughout the rest of Britain as 'Tyneside Roads'. A network of lines linked collieries on both sides of the Tyne to the river. It is no coincidence that the North East was the area where waggonways took greatest hold, because canal building was impossible due to deep valleys and steep hills. What set the rail systems of Tyneside apart from all others was its use of the flanged wheel - a key element of the modern railway as we know it." (Source: Tanfield Railway)

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Waggonways in North East England
- "Maps of Northumberland, County Durham and Cleveland, UK, showing each waggonway (or wagonway), tramway, mineral railway, railroad, colliery, coal pit, lead mine, fluorspar mine, ironstone mine and quarry…."

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Waggonways
- " explore this site to find out more about the waggonways of North Tyneside…"; projects, walks and cycle ways, galleries and links.

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Waggonway

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ECM7/49 Seaton Burn Waggonway

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Steam Elephant - Pockerley Waggonway

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Wylam Waggonway
- Detailed article including pictures and historical maps.

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Tyne and Wear HER(1665): Grand Lease Wagonway
- "The well-known Tanfield Way (HER REF. 1023) was partly built upon the Whickham Grand Lease Way from Dunston Haugh to Lobley Hill. The Whickham Grand Lease Way, as the world ...

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