As the North East steams ahead to the bicentenary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 2025, six local creatives have begun gathering stories from today’s passengers and why the railway matter. They will be resident on the Bishop to Salyburn train route, as they chat to passenger and collect stories from those who use the line regularly to those visiting from afar.
The artists are seeking to capture the everyday stories of why people travel, passengers’ most memorable train travel stories and how they feel about riding along the route of the oldest locomotive-hauled passenger railway.
Storylines is commissioned by North East social enterprise Citizen Songwriters CIC in partnership with the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership.
They will translate those stories into poems, plays and performances for show case in September 2023.