Coal at South Pelaw

Three new photos from Bill Watson showing two 9Fs shunting coal trains at South Pelaw Junction.

9F 92060 shunts a coal train at South Pelaw in 1966. Photo copyright Bill Watson.
9F 92060 shunts a coal train at South Pelaw in 1966. Photo copyright Bill Watson.
9F 92061 leaves South Pelaw with a coal train in 1966. Note the rest of wagons in the two sidings in the background. Photo copyright Bill Watson.

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  • Another wonderful trio of shots from Bill. The clarity and lighting of these photographs is truly marvellous, and if you fill your screen with them you could be there. The background is so sharp, the Co-op buildings, the dog track at Barley Mow and the skyline, mercifully free from the A1 (M) that would come. Days cycling past British Oxygen to the traction engine rallies at Portobello come to mind.
    1966 was a changing time. The Pelaw pit closed in 1964. For a while we kids used to cycle over the spoil heaps that almost crept up to the ECML then suddenly one day there were houses all over them. I doubt today they’d build as quick. There’d be months of agonizing about the levels of pollution in that ‘soil’. For the record 92060 was my favourite of Tyne Dock’s 9Fs and I used to love cabbing it at Beamish whenever it stopped. It seemed to be quite ‘problem free’ compared to some of the others!
    Thanks so much for posting these

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