Ouston Junction (23/01/2018)

From Bill Watson come a couple of super photos of the rationalisation of Ouston Junction in June 1983.

45134 passes Ouston Junction on 5th June 1983. Work is progressing on the rationalisation of the junction and the line to South Pelaw. Photo Copyright Bill Watson

A steam crane at Ouston Junction on 5th June 1983 during the rationalisation of the junction and the line to South Pelaw. Photo Copyright Bill Watson

4 thoughts on “Ouston Junction (23/01/2018)

  1. Richard Hibbs

    Morning all Ouston Junction fans!
    In terms of rationalisation I never quite understood why there were 2 separate paths across from ECML to slow lines – one of them surely had to go! (I suppose unless there were 2 trains crossing simultaneously in opposite directions, but I never saw anything like that ever.). BTW I can’t make head nor tail of the 1939 map – the elevated lines seem to be pointing south east! Great B&W pics though – thank you.

      1. Richard Hibbs

        I see. Or at least I think I see. Beamish Jnc seems to be on the wrong side of ECML which was confusing me. I guess Beamish itself is still to the West and the eponymous Junction must have disappeared long before 1970s along with whatever that elevated spur off to the North west was? Thx for clarification.

  2. Bill Watson

    Regarding the doubling of the paths to the slow lines. When I was a young lad in the mid/late 1950s we would train-spot perched in a stunted tree by Thynes Cottage on Longshanks Lane, Birtley by the River Team – about in the centre of Tyne Yard – but then open countryside. You would not have believed the amount of traffic that passed. Often one or two of us would have to jump down from the tree and run under the bridge to get all the numbers as four lines were occupied on a regular basis. Given the amount of traffic the signal box at Ouston Junction would have been a very busy place and would no doubt have traffic using both turnouts regularly.
    However when we were older and taking photos the box had gone, but the abutments for the overbridge that
    carried the line to the Ouston Pit and beyond were still there. The biggest sin was cutting down the magnificent row of Black Poplars – well away from the running lines – when electrified!

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