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GREAT NORTH OF ENGLAND RAILWAY

ALTERNATIVE NAME:  EAST COAST MAIN LINE
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The Great North of England Railway was a North Eastern Railways venture to connect York with Newcastle. It was realised that the fairly level Plain of York would be completed quickly, so an Act for the section North of Croft, near Darlington, was obtained in 1836, and a second Act for the southern section sought in 1837. The Croft Branch of the Stockton and Darlington Railway was purchased to incorporate it into the new route, the line opening in 1841. The GNE ran into financial difficulties and had to cede its powers to the Newcastle and Darlington Railway to complete the route (see Linear 1478).

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