The station lies on the route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the first public railway. The main line of the S&D was opened on 27 September 1825 from Phoenix Colliery at Etherley to Stockton, and this station was opened the same day, being originally named Aycliffe Lane.

Heighington railway station / Image source

It was subsequently renamed three times, first to Aycliffe and Heighington, later, on 1 July 1871, it became Aycliffe, although this name lasted for just over three years, because on 1 September 1874 it gained the present name of Heighington.

On the opposite side of the railway line are the original station buildings. The original design called for a public house which would act as a waiting room.

Another historical claim to fame for Heighington is that the first engine on the line, Locomotion No. 1, was assembled and put on the rails in 1825.

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