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Bedlington Iron & Engine Works was situated around Dene Park, approached from the A189 in the lower Blyth Valley, south-east Northumberland. It is hard to imagine today that this scenic, tree-lined valley played a major role in the Industrial Revolution, but this site housed the only C18th blast furnace in Northumberland and, in the early C19th was a key location in the development of the railways.
Furnace Bridge
     



 

 


 
The development and mass production of “malleable” iron rails allowed, for the first time, long distance, durable railway lines such as the Stockton to Darlington Railway. Locomotives were also manufactured at the Works and the first passenger train to leave Kings Cross was hauled by a Bedlington loco, as indeed were the first trains in Holland and Italy.
Malleable iron rail
     

 

 

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