Image courtesy of Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum
The Stockton & Darlington Railway was the first public passenger railway. When it opened in 1825, passengers travelled in a specially designed coach called Experiment. This timetable for Experiment shows that passenger traffic on the Stockton & Darlington Railway began on 10 October 1825. Experiment was initially pulled by horses and was timetabled to travel from Stockton to Darlington in two hours, with a fare of 1 shilling.
There were no stations. In Darlington, passengers boarded near the North Road crossing. In Stockton, they boarded at different places on the quay.