6 thoughts on “Advert for the new railway coach, The Union

  1. The half-hourly journey referred to seems to be between Yarm and Stockton, which is quite practical and would have taken less than 30 minutes. A good stage coach would average 8 mph and speeds on a railway would have been a bit faster. Fresh horses would have been put on at each end of the journey.
    There may have been fixed passing points along the track, as can be seen on some forms of funicular railway. This would have allowed most of the railway to be single track

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  2. This advertisement appeared on the front page of the Durham County Advertiser on Saturday 14th October 1826. The new coach service received no coverage in the regional newspapers. A paragraph gave some idea of the use of existing the Stockton and Darlington Railway, stating that 6 or 7 coaches started daily from each place, carrying about 150 passengers a day.

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  3. This is quite a gem. It proves that passenger services on the S&D were let to contractors in the early years of operation and that they used stagecoaches on flanged wheels. Further research is needed to establish the exact location of the booking points mentioned, though how it managed that journey every half hour is a bit of a mystery.

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    • Not really a mystery David, four coaches would do it easily with cross over points assuming the rest was single rail. The inns would provide a change of horses as did many of the inns in Stockton and Norton, the poor Coachmen would probably have long hours unlike the horses. Guess work of course based on other coaching histories and there was a long history of horse drawn trucks on rails from colliery to Staithes on the Tyne Wear and Tees so it was nothing new.

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      • Hello Frank – yes I see what you mean. I interpreted the poster as saying it did the journey from Stockton to Croft via Yarm every half hour. Even a modern day ‘Pacer’ would be hard pushed to do that.

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      • Hello David, I got it wrong too, thinking it was Stockton to Darlington, the line on through Blackwell to Croft is obvious when you think that is where the big money was.
        Looking at my Maps to see if anything was showing, it was not although sixty years after this event Stockton was surrounded by steel rails, we went from a bustling sea port to a rail metropolis. Railway Street you know well had a myriad of lines and shunts for coal trucks to the many coal merchants working out of there, it makes me wonder how the Aunts ever kept the houses so clean plus of course the window sills door steps and pavements.
        You have a far better knowledge of all this than me, there must be hundreds of miles of rail in a noose around Stockton which would show the rise of the old iron works, brickyards and potteries not to mention the ship building, In my youth a very busy place, in yours David beginning to fade away and now long gone.

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