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Darlington bridges restored as historic archive images released

Historic crests restored on railway bridge in Darlington.

Two historic railway bridges on Yarm Road in Darlington have been restored by Network Rail as part of a £60,000 investment.

The bridges, which were built in 1932, have been repainted in their original green colour. Historic crests on the structure have also been restored, making them much more visible and eye-catching, which helps to celebrate the town’s railway heritage.

The upgrade to the structures, which began in July, has also seen minor repair work to the bridges. This will reduce the likelihood of disruption for passengers and make sure that trains can continue to run over the bridges reliably for years to come. The repairs also included cleaning and updating drainage, making it more pleasant for pedestrians walking under the structures.

Network Rail restores railway bridges on Yarm Road, Darlington.

Network Rail has worked closely with Darlington Borough Council on the project, which will also see work to freshen up the Grade II listed railway bridge on North Road. Here, the bridge will be repainted and some small defects will be mended.

To help mark the town’s rich railway history, Network Rail has released new images from its own archives of the construction of the bridges on Yarm Road over 80 years ago. The photos show workers installing track and equipment onto the bridges.

Image of contsruction of railway bridges in Darlington.

Paul Rutter, route director for Network Rail’s East Coast Route, said: “It’s so important that we continue to preserve and protect railway heritage and I’m really happy with the results of this work.

“Not only have we improved the look of the bridges for residents and visitors, we’ve also made sure train services can continue to use them reliably in the coming years, which helps to maintain robust railway connections in and out of Darlington.”

Peter Gibson, Member of Parliament for Darlington, said: “It is fantastic that this work has been carried out. Network Rail has done an outstanding job in carrying out the remedial work on the bridges which now look brand new. I am incredibly grateful to both Network Rail and Darlington Borough Council, and I look forward to seeing the work completed on North Road bridge.

“I was pleased to join the Network Rail team during the renovation and chat with them about the progression of the work on the bridge whilst it was undertaken. It is also wonderful to see Locomotion No. 1 brought back to life in the refreshed Coats of Arms on the bridges.”

Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Cllr Heather Scott, said: “We’re delighted to have assisted in this project. The project marks a good beginning ahead of work to upgrade Darlington railway station next year, as well as the 2025 railway celebration. This close working partnership with Network Rail is crucial moving forward.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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