Hidden Treasures

A souvenir publication to celebrate the bicentenary of the winning of Hetton Lyons Colliery and the opening of George Stephenson’s First Railway
Hidden Treasures
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Series: The Early Railways Collection
Author/Editor: Les Turnbull
Publication Date: NEIMME 2021


‘Hidden Treasures’ is the fourth book in NEIMME’s early railways series and is published to mark the bicentenary of the winning of Hetton Colliery and its famous railway. The sinking of the colliery beneath the magnesian limestone plateau of East Durham marked the beginning of deep mining in the county and the skills acquired led to the development of deep mines elsewhere by engineers from Durham, notably the Ruhr coalfield in Germany. The railway is also of international significance since it was the first line to be designed by George Stephenson who would later become one of the most celebrated engineers of the Victorian railway revolution. This is the first book to deal comprehensively with both mine and the railway.

About the Author

Les Turnbull graduated in history at Durham University and worked as a schoolmaster, university lecturer and senior education adviser. Upon retirement he became a volunteer at NEIMME where now serves as a member of Council. Les has written several books on the history of mining and his particular interest, the early railways of the Great Northern Coalfield. He is frequently called upon to lecture both within the region and beyond.

Purchasing Information

ISBN: 978-0-9931151-6-5
Book Information: Softback, 88 A4 pages in full colour, 89 illustrations.

List price: £ 15.00
NEIMME Members price: £ 15.00
Other societies price: £ 15.00

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