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Rail history to be preserved as housing association sets record

February 11, 2016

A housing association is to undertake the largest development in its history while preserving a significant part of Britain’s railway heritage.

Darlington-based Railway Housing Association is set to start work on a development of 73 affordable new homes at a site close to Darlington College of Technology.

While this will be the biggest undertaking in the association’s history, it is taking care to safeguard the heritage it took its name from, after talks with the friends of the 1825 Darlington & Stockton Railway.

Although the site includes the re-use of a former engine shed built in 1844, no homes will be built on the actual line where the tracks once stood.

The old shed has listed building status and will be converted into seven mews-style houses.

Director of customer services for the housing association Andrea Abbott said: “We were keen not to lose the heritage of such an important site.”

The Darlington and Stockton railway was the first passenger rail service in the world to use steam locomotives.

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