Reported.Enjoyed watching that, fancy Sunderland getting a mention, not often that happens, I used to ride the wagons on that line when I was a kid, it passed my house by about 200 yards, ran across the bottom of Hylton rd where the roundabout is now, then on to the river.
The HCR was rope hauled and had no passenger trains AFAIK. What you describe as a railway station at Farringdon is actually a passing loop and the structure beside it is most likely a haulage engine.With more spare time on your hands, it's an excellent opportunity to do more local history.
So I've been looking some maps of Sunderland in the mid 19th century and was looking at the route of the Hetton Colliery Railway.
This was one of the first operational railways in history, and the first to transport coal heading up to the River Wear.
The route headed up from Houghton area, through Warden Law Hill into Doxford Park, through Farringdon and Gilley Law, Silksworth (what is now the park), Plains Farm into the Barnes and then towards the city to the river.
Its route can still be identified through the narrow pathways which still exist through these areas wedged between carved out banks.
The maps show what appears to be a former railway station existing next to what is now Farringdon School and adjacent housing.
Thanks for that. Very interestingDrag the left hand (old) map with your mouse to follow it all the way to lambton staiths. then and now