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The coming of the Railway to North Shields.

Three years after the opening of the Stockton to Darlington Railway it was proposed that there should be a rail link between North Shields and Newcastle. Twice a Bill was placed before Parliament and turned down. But finally in June 1836 a modified proposal was accepted.

There was considerable opposition from local shopkeepers, keelmen and coaching establishments who feared loss of trade to both Newcastle and the railway. They saw the railway as "a poverty producing measure."

The line required an initial capital of £160,00 and was constructed by Robert Nicholson.

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Coal wagons in a row.

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