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The second line of the North Shields and Newcastle Railway will be opened to-morrow (Saturday). The trains during the Easter holidays will run oftener than they do at present; after which, for a few days, we understand the second or north line will be closed for a short time, in order that proper arrangements may be made for running regularly every half-hour from each end. The times fixed are in the morning half-past 10 o'clock from Newcastle, and 10 and 11 o'clock from Shields. In the afternoon the trains will run every half hour from each and, from half-past 1 till half past 8, and the last train from Shields at 9. The spirited proprietors of this railway deserve the thanks of the public for the way in which this important undertaking has thus far been completed and carried on. A more complete mode of railway conveyance is not to be found in the world than that between the metropolis of the North and the borough of Tynemouth, and it is one which, in a variety of ways, must contribute to the comfort and health of those who travel on it.
Extract from Port of Tyne Pilot 18 April 1840
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