Sunderland Male Voice Choir
(Formerly known as Shiney Row Male Voice Choir)
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The Right Worshipful Mayor of the City of Sunderland,
Patron of Sunderland Male Voice Choir
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Hetton Colliery Railway 200

Hetton Colliery Railway 200

The Hetton Colliery Railway 200 is a registered charity, charity number 1185060, which is organising a series of events to commemorate the 'Bicentenary of The Hetton Colliery Railway'.

After the Hetton Coal Company, led by Arthur Mowbray, started to sink the first ever colliery, they decided that a railway was needed to transport the coal to Sunderland and shipment to London.

George Stephenson was appointed to design the new railway using steam and gravity power. It opened on the 18th November 2022.

The Hetton Railway used two of Stephenson's steam locomotives to haul the coal for the first 1.5 miles. Then two stationary steam engines hauled the waggons to the line summit at Warden Law (600 ft above sea level). Four gravity-worked inclines took the waggons down to North Moor, near Silksworth. The waggons were then hauled by steam locomotives to the Staithes on the River Wear.

Elemore Colliery, south of Hetton, was added to the line in 1827 and in 1833, Eppleton Colliery, east of Hetton. Silksworth Colliery was added in 1939.

The whole line remained operational until the 9th September 1959 when the National Coal Board decided to sink a large mine to draw coal from Elemore, Eppleton and Murton Collieries. Part of the line from Silksworth to Sunderland survived until the 30th June 1972.
Saturday 27 Apr 24 7:00 pm
Venue: Masonic Hall Birtley Lane Birtley Chester Le Street, Birtley, Wrekenton DH3 2PJ

Saturday 11 May 24 7:00 pm
Joint Concert
SMVC + Blue Light Choir
Venue: St Mary & St Peter's, Springwell Road Springwell Sunderland, SR3 4DY

Saturday 6 Jul 24 7:00 pm
Annual Concert
Venue: St John's Methodist Church, Ashbrooke Rd, Sunderland SR2 7HQ, UK

Saturday 26 Oct 24 7:00 pm
Joint Concert (provisional)
SMVC+Dalesmen Singers
Venue: ? Whitby

Sunday 15 Dec 24 5:30 pm
City of Sunderland
Mayors Carol Concert
Venue: Sunderland Minster, 309 High St W, Sunderland SR1 3ET, UK

Saturday 21 Dec 24
? Joint Christmas Concert
SMVC + Music Makers
Venue: ?

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