First post in here...... This railway is the oldest surviving railway in the world... The Railways original purpose was the movement of coal from nearby collieries to ships on the River Tyne. The oldest part, c1647, was the Lobley Hill section, it had over 300 years of coal traffic when closed in 1964. The surviving 1725 Sunniside to Causey section is now the World's Oldest Working Railway and the Causey to East Tanfield section dates from 1839. Marley Hill engine shed, built in 1854 and in colliery use until 1970, is where the loco fleet is maintained. Run by a group of members/volunteers it still runs today. It also boasts the oldest surving railway bridge in the world...... Thanks for looking. C&C appreciated. Ken.