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The Bloody History of Hunwick

Between 1846 and 1912 no less than 21 men and boys lost there lives in the pits of Hunwick, the youngest, Joseph Johnson was employed as a stone picker at West Hunwick Colliery, when on 30 Jan 1856 he was crushed between two waggons.

Published on 20th of June 2019

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John Andrew - The Saltburn Smuggler

It was while I was looking into my Maternal Grandmother's branch of the family, I came across John Andrew (My Great Great Grandfather) born in Skelton about 1819, He was listed in the 1871 Census as living at The Rectory, Skelton, and listed as keeper of Hunting Hounds.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Hunwick Village

Hunwick Village lies about two and a quarter miles north-west of Bishop Auckland, on the B6286 between Bishop Auckland and Willington in County Durham and is still a very rural and quiet village. It is built on a hill slope and looks toward the east over the Wear Valley and has a Population of 1,248 (2011 Census).

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Hunwick Train crash 1869

A train had arrived at Branspeth colliery from Tyne dock and deposited empty wagons in the sidings ready for loading. The locomotive then proceeded to shunt full coal wagons to form a train to go back to tyne dock. This involved the wagons being pulled out onto the main running line and back into the sidings, unfortunately the fireman who was unfamiliar with this operation inadvertently allowed the full wagons to continue on the main line and not turn them into the sidings.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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L.N.E.R Returns

From 24 June 2018 the East Coast Main Line railway franchise previously run by Virgin Trains and Stagecoach was brought back into public ownership and will be run by a wholly government owned company branded as London North Eastern Railway (L.N.E.R).

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Diesel traction on British Railways is 60 years old.

Over the weekend 21-22 April 2018 The Weardale Railway held it's 'Class 31 Gala' celebrating 60 years of diesel traction. The Class 31's originally known as Brush Type 2's, first entered service on BR Eastern Region in 1957 as one of the pilot diesel locomotives designed to replace steam traction.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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