• This is a piece of the original Stockton and Darlington Railway, which opened on 27th September 1825.
  • This rail piece is made from cast iron.
  • George Stephenson not only worked on which route the railway should take, but designed Locomotion No 1, the first steam locomotive to run on the line.

Here you can see the fish belly rail on two stone sleepers. The thicker part of the rail is designed to strengthen each rail between the sleepers.

To discover more about the Stockton and Darlington Railway, there is an online resource here

History

  • Significant events from the past
  • Understand how we find out about the past

Science

  • Everyday materials and their properties

Geography

  • Basic geographical vocabulary
  • Simple maps

Imagine where you have travelled to by train over rails like this one. Write a postcard home about it.

It was the coming of the railway that spurred Henry Pease to develop the resort of Saltburn into a fashionable Victorian resort. Here are some old postcards from Saltburn.

Museum name: Hopetown, Darlington
Contact name: Sarah Gouldsbrough
Phone number: 01325 405541
Email: sarah.gouldsbrough@darlington.gov.uk

 

When you contact the museum please be clear where your school is located and check whether the museum that holds this object can deliver it to your area. In some cases, you may need to choose another object at a museum closer to your school.

This is a piece of the original Stockton and Darlington Railway, which opened on 27th September 1825.

This rail piece is made from cast iron.

The “Fish Belly” refers to a curved thicker part of the rail designed to strengthen each rail between the sleepers.

George Stephenson not only worked on which route the railway should take, but designed Locomotion No 1, the first steam locomotive to run on the line.

As your class discover more about their object, further resources to support students knowledge and understanding around the object may be helpful. Here are some suggestions.

Stockton and Darlington railway learning resource

This image of Fish Belly Rail shows the stone sleepers which would have been used for the original railway tracks.

How can this fit in with your planning?

History

  • A local history study
  • A theme in British History extending beyond 1066
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Devise historically valid questions

Science

  • Everyday materials and their uses

Geography

  • Simple maps
  • Settlement and land use
  • Trade links
  • Natural resources

Not everyone was happy with the railway being built across their land. Write down some points for and against the railway. Why not debate the points in class as if you were in a meeting in 1820!

Use theĀ Stockton and Darlington Railway learning resource to discover more about the impact the building of a new railway could have had.

Museum name: Hopetown Darlington
Contact name: Sarah Gouldsbrough
Phone number: 01325 405541
Email: sarah.gouldsbrough@darlington.gov.uk

When you contact the museum please be clear where your school is located and check whether the museum that holds this object can deliver it to your area. In some cases, you may need to choose another object at a museum closer to your school.

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