The discovery of a wooden railway more than 200 years old on the banks of the Tyne has been hailed as a find of international importance. The 25-metre stretch of waggonway from the end of the 18th Century is the earliest surviving example of the standard gauge railway.

Now used for over half of the world’s railway systems, it originated in the network of waggonways which served the collieries of south east Northumberland and Tyneside.

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