Tyne & Wear

Willington waggonway found next to River Tyne

Waggonway found in Walker, Newcastle
Image caption The track was used to transport coal from Wallsend to ships on the River Tyne

A timber railway track dating back to the 18th Century has been unearthed in a Tyneside shipyard.

The section of the Willington Waggonway was found beneath the Neptune Yard in Walker, Newcastle, during an archaeological dig.

It was originally used by horse-drawn carts to transport coal from Willington colliery to the River Tyne, the city council said.

The team involved described the track as "remarkably well preserved".

Conservation and urban design manager Ian Ayris said: "The last time something like this was found was in 1997 when the Lambton Waggonway was found at Houghton-le-Spring - so it's very special."

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