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Did you know that the world’s oldest surviving railway bridge in the world is Causey Arch near Stanley? The stone structure was completed in 1726, and carried two tracks – though these were wooden versions made for horse-drawn coal trucks destined to load into boats at the River Tyne – up to 900 trucks using it daily at its peak. Legend has it that the bridge’s builder, Ralph Wood, was so worried the lengthy span was doomed to collapse he threw himself to his death from it.

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