Stockton & Darlington Railway wagon, 1875.
© National Railway Museum / Science & Society Picture Library -- All rights reserved
Railway wagon in front of Soho Cottage, Shildon, County Durham. This wagon was photographed to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Stockton & Darlington Railway which was the first public railway to use steam locomotives to haul passengers and goods. Its lines in the North East of England covered less than 30 miles and were mainly used to transport heavy minerals, particularly coal. Soho Cottage was the home of Timothy Hackworth, railway engineer, from 1833-1850.