Talk on railways in the First World War

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THE role of railways during the First World War and the story behind a Victorian tragedy will be up for discussion this weekend.

Clayport Library, Durham City, is holding a series of railway-themed talks and events in celebration of Local History Month.

The programme continues tomorrow, with two talks by local experts.

Tony Attle, education officer at Locomotion, Shildon, will discuss the importance of the railways during The Great War.

The talk, which starts at 10.30am, will look at how both the Allies and the German forces used the railways during the first mechanised war.

Christina’s Bridge is the subject of an afternoon talk by David Butler, who will recount the tragic death of a young girl at a level crossing in 1893.

During the presentation, David will consider the story behind the accident, the family involved and the subsequent construction of a bridge over the branch line and its eventual demolition.

This talk is due to start at 2pm.

Both talks cost £1 per person, and Durham County Council says places should be booked.

For more information, contact Clayport Library on 03000 265 524.