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Heritage - Railways

The North East coast was transformed by the development of the railways. Towns such as Saltburn-by-the-Sea owe their very existence to this new, revolutionary method of transport.

The extension of the Stockton and Darlington Railway from Middlesbrough to Redcar had already made access to the bracing sea air of Redcar available; when in 1861 a further extension to Saltburn-by-the-Sea was opened. The 'sea-side' became highly fashionable and hugely popular. Now the public had a choice of destinations, the rapidly developing Redcar, or the newly constructed Saltburn-by-the-Sea. All kinds of leisure facilities, guesthouses and hotels appeared to accommodate the visitors that the railway brought.

The present railway provides a direct line to Darlington, more information on the history of the North East Railways can be obtained at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum.

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