Railway line story on track with donation

An NCB train, loaded with coal from Backworth, takes its load south to the Tyne for shipping, Photo by Roger Cornfoot
An NCB train, loaded with coal from Backworth, takes its load south to the Tyne for shipping, Photo by Roger Cornfoot
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A NORTH Tyneside charity is one of the first groups in the UK to benefit from a brand new Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

The North Tyneside Steam Railway Association will recieve a cash boost of £8,600 from the ‘All Our Stories’ scheme to help it fund a new project.

The project, named ‘Our Railway in Years Gone By’, focuses on the industrial railway corridor from what was Backworth Colliery down to the coal staithes on the river Tyne.

Led by association chairman Malcolm Dunlavery, the project aims to interpret the industrial railway corridor and how it enabled Tyneside to develop.

Interviews with local people who worked on the railway and associated industries will be shown through traditional displays and electronic media.

Members of the public will also be able to explore the project at the heritage train service in the Stephenson Railway Museum.

Mr Dunlavery said: “We’re delighted to have received this grant and are eager to commence planning how we can best gather together historic documents and oral stories from local people whose lives were ‘shaped’ by the railways.

“This knowledge will be shared with visitors and local communities alike.”

All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, was launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story, which aims to get everyone involved in their heritage.

Our Railways in Years Gone By is just one of hundreds of successful projects around the UK to receive Heritage Lottery funding and support.

lvor Crowther, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund north east, said “Clearly the success of All Our Stories has reinforced the fact that we are indeed a nation of storytellers and that we want to explore and dig deeper into our past and discover more about what really matters to us.

“This is exactly what the grant will do for the Our Railway in Years Gone By team as they embark on a real journey of discovery.”