Darlington is a medium-sized town and since 1997 an independent unitary authority in North East England. The city was previously an administrative part of County Durham, it now belongs merely be ceremonial occasions to Durham. Darlington in 2012 had about 105,000 inhabitants. Darlington is known for the maiden voyage of the first passenger train in the world, who was driving on 27 September 1825 of the Stockton and Darlington Railway Shildon about Darlington to Stockton-on-Tees.