Darlington, a large market town in County Durham, is widely and affectionately referred to as ‘Darlo’ by the local community.
In the 1920s the town’s railways saw both a Royal Visit and later several terrible train collisions.
Darlington Through The Ages
“Darlington: A Town Through Time!“
Views of Darlington in County Durham, rewound through time.
Uploaded to YouTube by James Fox on 7 May 2019.
“County Durham Revisited 4 of 10“
Includes Darlington, Durham, Hartlepool, Middleton in Teesdale, Durham City, Leadgate, Hart Village, South Shields, Seaburn, Penshaw, Willington, Esh Winning, Billingham, Sunderland, Easington, Roker, Horden, South Shields, Dawdon, High Force, Barnard Castle, Jarrow, Gateshead, Croft Spa, Bishop Auckland, Blackhall, and Bolden.
Durham Telly: Published to YouTube on 5 Mar 2013.
Darlington In The 1920s
“The Anniversary of the Stockton to Darlington first passenger railway service, 1920’s – Film 681”
Thursday 2nd July 1925. Duke and Duchess of York disembark from a train and take a place in the stand to watch the parade to celebrate the anniversary of the Stockton to darlington first passenger railway service.
HuntleyFilmArchives: Published to YouTube on 1 May 2013.
“Days of Steam in County Durham Stations & Railways United Kingdom“
A journey back through time, to revisit the glorious days of steam in County Durham.
Durham Telly: Published to Youtube on 24 Feb 2013.
Stations and Locations featured: 1. Consett 2. Darlington 3. Chester le Street 4. Evenwood 5. LNER Poster 6. Stanhope 7. Durham 8. Stainmore 9. Hartlepool 10. Hartley Main Colliery 11. Durham 12. Durham 13. Wolsingham 14. Darlington 15. St. John’s Chapel 16. Sunderland 17. Bowes 18. Bishop Auckland 19. Sunderland 20. LNER Poster 21. Gainford 22. Durham Elvet 23. Darlington 24. Durham Elvet 25. Durham Elvet 26. Durham 27. West Hartlepool 28. West Hartlepool 29. Gateshead 30. South Shields 31. Darlington 32. Darlington 33. North Road 34. Gateshead West 35. Ebchester 36. Pontop 37. Wearhead 38. Croft Spa 39. Low Fell 40. Durham 41. Durham 42. Durham 43. Hartlepool 44. Barnard Castle 45. Aycliffe 46. LNER Poster 47. Etherley 48. Darlington 49. South Durham 50. Waterhouse’s 51.Darlington 52. Cockfield 53. Darlington 54. Darlington 55. Wingate 56. Evenwood. 57. Spennymoor 58. Elvet 59. Eastgate 60. Gainford 61. Hunwick 62. Hunwick 63. Hylton.64. Lamesley 65. Lintz Green
“Fatal Express Collision (1929)“
Vintage film of a fatal express collision. The night mail train and a light locomotive crashed on the same spot as a terrible disaster the previous June. Various shots of the front of the engine smashed in and the other engine completely destroyed.
British Pathé: Published to YouTube on 13 Apr 2014.
Darlington In The 1930s
“Walking. Sunderland to Darlington“
“From Sunderland to Darlington by foot is no vacation,” says Barry Barnes. An amusing short film, probably from the 1930s.
Published to YouTube by British Movietone on 21 Jul 2015.
“Another Record For Britain! (1931)“
A huge piece of cast iron is lifted and moved in the foundry. Shots of engineers check to see it will fit in place. More shots of huge pieces of cast iron in the yard. People are looking at the parts for the new ship.
Nice shots of a small tank engine – steam train – called ‘Unity’ pulling on of the huge castings along the track in the foundry.
Good shots of a model of the liner being tested in water tank showing how she will behave at sea.
The ship being built – the 534 – was later to be named ‘Queen Mary’.
Uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé on 13 Apr 2014. The full title reads: “Darlington. Another record for Britain! Huge stern frame – World’s largest casting – weighing hundreds of tons for new 73,000-ton Cunarder.”
Darlington In The 1940s
“Yard Of Ale Issue Title Is Points And Pints (1944)“
A pub landlord pulls 3 pints of beer and gives them to a waitress to serve. The waitress places the pints in front of a man sitting alone. The man looks a bit confused until the landlord comes out with a very long glass that looks like a gigantic test tube (a yard of ale glass). The landlord fills the yard of ale glass with the 3 pints. Various shots of the man slowly downing the yard of beer. When he finishes, the landlord offers the man another pint, but the man refuses!
Uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé on 27 Aug 2014. Part of POINTS AND PINTS issue.
Football In The 1950s
“Darlington: 4 Chelsea: 1 (1958)“
Feethams Ground, Darlington, County Durham. Underdogs win major football victory.
It starts with the Darlington team running out onto the field, with the crowd cheering. Darlington kick-off and Macfarlane of Chelsea gets the ball. Various shots of play, Chelsea on the attack. A Football fan in the crowd slams his cap down. Darlington on the attack, Moran kicks and scores Darlington’s first goal!
Chelsea taking a corner, Johnny McNichol shoots from close range and it’s 1 all!
Crowd at half-time, then time for the Chelsea kick-off. Darlington attack, Chelsea on the attack, Chelsea player rushes in and shoots, Turner tries to save it – but its a goal! A small boy in the crowd slaps the barrier.
Chelsea still on the attack. Boys cheering, girls cheering.
Darlington kick-off at extra time. Darlington scores another from Moran. Score Darlington 2 – Chelsea 1. GV Dave Carr heads a beauty making it 3-1. Ron Habbertson scores making it Darlington 4 – Chelsea 1.
Darlington players congratulate each other. Brabrook, Lewis, Henderson, Milner, Green, and Turner are mentioned during the game.
Darlington In The 1960s
“A Railwayman’s Film Darlington 1960 “
Uploaded to YouTube by Anthony Alexandrovic on 24 Jul 2015.
“British Railways 1960’s Darlington Station“
A slideshow of motive power taken at Darlington in the 1960’s.
Uploaded to YouTube by Agdenyer on 10 Apr 2013.
“Ride over STAINMORE SUMMIT DMU front view – Dec. 1961“
The Journey Darlington – Barnard Castle – STAINMORE SUMMIT – Kirkby Stephen East – Penrith seen from the front of a (first generation) Diesel Multiple Unit train.
Filmed in December 1961, only weeks before England’s highest passenger railway was closed.
Uploaded to YouTube by Alan Snowdon on 19 Mar 2017.
Colour film during that era was unsuitable for the seasonal dull weather, so Black and White film had to be used. Once into the Eden Valley patchy fog was encountered.Alan Snowdon on Youtube
“Darlington- MIDDLETON-in-T from DMU front seats in 1963“
The Journey Darlington – Barnard Castle – MIDDLETON-in-TEESDALE and Return, seen from the front of a (first generation) Diesel Multiple Unit train. At Barnard Castle we see wagons loaded with the track removed from the line over Stainmore Summit, closed in 1962.
Alan Snowdon: Published on 23 Mar 2017.
“British Railways Steam 1960’s Pelaw Middlesbrough Darlington“
Taken from 8mm cine at Pelaw Middlesbrough and Darlington.
agdenyer: Published on 19 May 2012.
“Darlington to Bishop Auckland via Shildon 1967“
Uploaded to YouTube by MadMel841 on 25 Jul 2013.
“Darlington carnival 1967“
Transferred from cine film taken by Nick Pearon’s father, Ron Pearson. Darlington carnival 1967. No sound. Plenty of colour.
Uploaded to YouTube by Nick Pearson on 1 Feb 2015.
Darlington In The 1970s
Buses in Darlington in the 1970s.
Uploaded to YouTube by mickhymans on 11 Feb 2013.
“Darlington Railway station.”
1970s footage of Darlington railway station. People disembark the train. A boy points at Stephenson’s steam train, ‘Locomotion’.
Archive film from HuntleyFilmArchives, uploaded to YouTube on 5 Sep 2014.
After that, the film moves on to a number of other locations:
- At York Railway Museum, ‘The Agenoria’ is pushed manually and then transported by railway
- Bridge over the Firth of Forth, train crossing
- Tyne Bridge, side view and from front of train
- Kemble railway station
- Marylebone Station, St Pancras Hotel
- ‘Bertha’ oldest steam ship, at Exeter Maritime Museum, working
- SS Great Britain in Avonmouth. Children and woman walking around SS Great Britain
- Steam train at Dartmouth. Dartmouth harbour close view yachts, boats. Fireman on steam train
“Darlington top bank railway station 70’s pre-tops“
Darlington top bank railway station 70 pre-tops. Class 40, 47, 25, 46, 55, 101 All pre-top numbered.
Uploaded to YouTube by Dave W on 17 Apr 2013.
“1975 Darlington Lions’ Carnival Day“
23rd August 1975: Part of the Stockton & Darlington railway 150th anniversary celebrations.
Nick Pearson: Published on 25 Jun 2013.
Darlington In The 1990s
“Antiques Roadshow UK Series 13 Episode 2 Darlington, County Durham“
An episode from the hit TV show, originally broadcast on 6th January 1991.
Uploaded to YouTube by UK VHS Archive on 16 Nov 2018.
“Haughton Community School, Darlington“
Haughton school first opened in 1959 and had a capacity of over 1000 students. It was replaced in 2006 by a £27 million multi-school campus called the Education Village (EV), which had an overall capacity of 1350 students. It was opened by the prime minister, Tony Blair. The EV replaced 3 schools in total: Haughton secondary, Springfield Primary and Beaumont hill Special school. The Campus was built on the same grounds that Haughton was on. Haughton was finally demolished after the 3 schools moved in together on the campus.
Uploaded to YouTube by Aviation Madness on 28 Jun 2019.
It was a world first to house 3 separate schools on one campus and attracted over 2000 visitors by the end of 2007. The EV gained academic status in 2012. 2 more schools joined the academy trust (EVAT) and are located on separate sites in Darlington.
Today EV uses the former site of the previous community school as a sporting ground. The only signs of anything ever being here is that the ground is very flat compared to the rest of the land and there are 2 houses facing sideways which indicates the old main entrance.
“DARLINGTON BUSES NOV 1994“
Uploaded to YouTube by DaveSpencer32 on 12 Dec 2013.
The Town In The 21st Century
“Kings Head Hotel Fire“
Short video of the fire at the Kings Head Hotel in Darlington on 15th August 2008. Video supplied by the Civil Contingency Unit (works in partnership with Darlington Borough Council).
Uploaded to YouTube by Darlington Borough Council on 11 Feb 2010.
“Darlington Town Centre Road Trip“
A trip by road through the town centre on Sunday, 3rd May 2009, showing points of interest and landmarks along the way. Filmed by Peter Crooks.
Uploaded to YouTube by Lovely Planet on 5 May 2009.
“DARLINGTON AREA RAILWAYS 1993-2013“
“MOSTLY DIESEL LOCOS AND TRAINS AROUND DARLINGTON CO DURHAM UK ,WITH SOME ELECTRICS AND A BIT OF STEAM”RMPOWLS on Youtube
Uploaded to YouTube by RMPOWLS on 6 Dec 2015
More County Durham pages
- Stanley, County Durham: Old Photos & Films
- Raby Castle, County Durham
- Chester-le-Street Old Photos & Film
With thanks to Youngfoto from Pixabay for the main image on this page.