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.