185 Years – The North Eastern Railway Network in 1854

This map and the text below is taken from the Friends of the NRM publication “Two Palaces of Business”

At that date what was to become the NER had a route length of 720 miles, representing a capital investment of some twenty million pounds. By the end of 1921 its route mileage had increased to 1,750 (including a small share of joint line) and the issued capital was £82 million.

Note how the main line followd a roundabout route to the East of Durham and passed through Knottingley en rouite fron York to Doncaster.