South Pelaw Junction was a vital junction on the Tyne Dock to Consett railway line with connections to the East Coast main line at Ouston Junction, Tyne Dock via Washington as well as local collieries via Stella Gill.
This site chronicles the history of the Tyne Dock to Consett line, concentrating, for the most part, on the section from Ouston Junction to Consett, as well as my plans to build a P4 gauge model railway of South Pelaw Junction itself as it was in 1971.
It is a location that fascinates me as I am just old enough to remember the ore trains being double headed by Class 37s running past the playing fields of my school, Pelton Roseberry, and of the lines passing under the Pelton Lane bridge when on the bus to Chester-le-Street but, unfortunately, not old enough to have recorded what I saw at the time.
The site includes a photographic history of the location (as well as selected sites further up and down the line from the junction), concentrating on the period from 1954 onwards when the new iron ore facilities came in to use at Tyne Dock, and a number of ‘past and present‘ pictures to show the massive changes that have occurred since the line was abandoned in early 1984 and redeveloped as part of a coast to coast cycle way.
As well as South Pelaw Junction itself, other locations covered are Birtley and Washington, Ouston Junction, Stella Gill, Pelton, Beamish, Shield Row (Stanley), Annfield Plain, Greencroft, Leadgate and East Castle, Consett Station and other locations around Consett.
This site would not have been possible without the generosity of those who have supplied photographs of the locations on the line over the years. I am always on the lookout for photographs of any location on the line so, if you have any, I would love to see them and, subject to your permission, publish them (full acknowledgement of copyright will, of course, be given).
If you spot any errors on the site, please let me know. I can be contacted via email here or leave a comment on the relevant page.
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