Plans are underway to mark the 200th anniversary of the world's oldest railway.
In 1825 the Stockton Darlington Railway became the first public line to use steam locomotives.
It is still ten years until the historic North East railway reaches its second century.
The three local authorities through which the line passes are preparing to celebrate the landmark date with special events every year until 2025.
The way our railways are run in the region could be about to change.
In future the decision about who wins the franchises to operate different routes may be made by local councils rather than the Department for Transport.
And this region is expected to lead the way with the experiment.
You can see the full report from Tim Backshall below.
Rail franchises in the region could be controlled by local councils in future.
The idea has come from the Commons' Transport Select Committee following confusion last year about who would run the West Coast main line.
But rail unions say allowing councils to choose who runs the routes would make little difference.