|R11||The 180th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway||£20.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 27/09/2005
Issue Name: The 180th Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The Stockton & Darlington Railway is credited as Britain's first passenger railway. It opened on 27th September 1825, and the legendary George Stephenson was its chief engineer. Our cover features a 7 pence Stockton and Darlington Railway stamp and a 1st class machin stamp with a Stockton on Tees postmark.
The Stockton and Darlington Railway
The Stockton & Darlington Railroad was opened on the 27th September 1825. Large crowds saw George Stephenson at the controls of the Locomotion as it pulled 36 wagons. There were twelve wagons of coal and flour, six of guests and fourteen full of workmen. The initial journey of just less than 9 miles took two hours even though they managed speeds of up to 15 mph (24 kph).
The train also included a purpose built railway passenger coach called the Experiment. The carriage seated 18 passengers. It had no springs so although the rails were much smoother than any road, it must have been a quite uncomfortable ride. This was the first time in history that a steam locomotive hauled passengers on a public railway.
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