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Darlington is a vibrant market town with a significant railway heritage.

It is known as the ‘gateway’ to the Tees Valley, is only around 2 and a half hours from London by train, plus it has fantastic leisure facilities and green spaces which make it perfect place to work hard and play hard.

And if Shildon is cradle to the railways, then Darlington is definitely its birthplace. The world’s first passenger rail journey was on the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825, and later became an important centre for railway manufacturing.

To commemorate the town’s contribution to the railways, David Mach’s 1997 work “Train”, a life-size brick sculpture of a steaming locomotive emerging from a tunnel, is located alongside the A66, close to the original Stockton-Darlington railway. Darlington is not just about railways. The town was home to Arthur Wharton, the world’s first Black Professional Footballer, and also the world’s first 100 yard record holder (10 seconds in 1886!) who is viewed as a local hero.

For more information on the facilities at Darlington Station visit the National Rail website.


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