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Stories along a world changing line

Storylines is an artist-in-residence programme on board Northern train services between Bishop Auckland and Middlesbrough. The route follows the original Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world’s first locomotive-powered public railway which changed the way the world trades, travels and communicates.

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In 2025, the North East will celebrate 200 years since the world’s first steam hauled passenger journey on a public railway: the Stockton & Darlington Railway.


To celebrate, over the next 3 years Citizen Songwriters will be commissioning poets, songwriters and theatre makers to capture the stories of everyday passenger travel, stories of old and stories of new.

Storylines is a partnership project between the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership and Citizen Songwriters, and funded by Northern and Cross Country.

All the stories collected will be archived in an online collection as well as on The Story Train on the Weardale Railway. Some of these will inspire songs, poems, visual arts, plays and more!

You can share your own story using the hashtag #Storylines #SDR2025

@TheStoryTrain2025 (Instagram) or /TheStoryTrain & /BishopLineCRP (Facebook)

Photo credit: Rob Irish

Meet The Artists


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