Not a part of line I’ve covered until now but I’ve now added a new page for Tyne Dock and I’ve started with a couple of cracking photos from George Downling and Gordon Edgar.
The bridge for the Washington end of the layout is almost complete, just capping stones for the tops of the piers and cable support on the centre and right hand spans to do.
The photo below clearly shows the two sets of railway cottages on the north side of the line either side of the Pelton Lane bridge. The two photos below were taken from the end of the bridge, the first, looking towards the site of the grey cottages in the left of the photo above and […]
The site has now been up and running for five years and has expanded way beyond what I expected when I started. I’d like to say a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all those who have taken time to visit the site, comment on it and, especially, to those who have allowed […]
Not much to look at but I reckon there is a good chance that this could be the last piece of in-situ track between South Pelaw and Consett. It isn’t part of the main line but in the area between the still standing NCB shed at Stella Gill and the main line to Consett. It […]
From Gordon Edgar, a photo of a pair of Class 24s at Annfield East Junction. Added to the Annfield Plain page.
After the closure of the Steelworks in 1980, the Derwentside Rail Action Group fought to keep the line to Consett open and for the reintroduction of passenger trains alongside and improved bus service. I believe, although I have no direct evidence to prove it, that this train, a Class 100 DMU by then in Departmental […]
1984 saw a very unusual visitor to the branch in the form of Class 56 56080 in charge of a track lifting train. As far as I know, this was the only occasion that a member of the class ever visited the branch. My thanks to John Wilks who photographed the loco and it’s train […]
The EM Gauge layout depicting South Pelaw Junction and Stella Gill is out and about again attending it’s second exhibition, the Newcastle Show at Heaton Manor School on 10 and 11 November. If you saw it at Railex NE in July, you’ll know how good it was then but a lot more work on the […]
From Kenneth Gray and Robin Barbour, I’ve added two new photos of Q6s at Beamish in 1964.