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The Railway Revolution: In discussion with Les Turnbull

tue14jan6:30 PMtue8:00 PMThe Railway Revolution: In discussion with Les TurnbullGraft & Glory

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It is often thought that railways began with George Stephenson. This talk will demonstrate that this was not the case for the transfer of traffic from the road to the railway began in the seventeenth century.

Using recent research from the archives of the Duke of Northumberland, Les Turnbull will demonstrate the impact of the first railway revolution when coal began to be moved by rail. He will look in detail at the new technology – the waggon and the way – showing how the early railways worked and illustrating many of the remains in the region including the Tanfield line.

Les is an acknowledge expert on the subject of early railways and has written several books on the subject. His latest entitled ‘The Railway Revolution’ was launched in October 2019 and will be available to buy at this event.

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(Tuesday) 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


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