In the process of building the Stockton and Darlington Railway,
the world's first publicly subscribed passenger railway, as well as
then the longest in the world, several rivers needed to be crossed
by the railway line. One of these, over the Gaunless River near
Aukland in modern-day County Durham, was designed by George
Stephenson as the first railway bridge to be made of iron. It was
built over the following two years, and opened on 25 September
1825. It remained in use until 1901, and has since become part of
the collection of the National Railway Museum at York.
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Editors. "First Iron Railroad Bridge". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=408, accessed 27 July 2017.]