The Old River – Portrack

The Old River - Portrack

The first major undertaking of the Tees Navigation Company was inaugurated on 18th September 1810 with the opening of the Mandale Cut, near Stockton. This 200 yard canal, which by-passed a meander loop in the channel of the river and reduced the distance to Stockton from the estuary by over 2 miles. At a celebratory dinner after the ceremony, the first public reference was made to the idea of constructing a railway or canal for the conveyance of coal from the pits in County Durham to centres in the south of the county. Eventually, this led to the establishing of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

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