LOW YARD

Low Yard in the 1960s…

Consett South Signal Box on 16 July 1962. Photo copyright George Devine

Consett South Signal Box on 16 July 1962. Photo copyright George Devine

Low Yard in the 1970s…

08708 shunts the Low Yard on 22 November 1976. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37079 leaves Low yard on 15 June 1983 with a load of scrap from the demolition of the Steelworks. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon.

37079 at the Low Yard on 17 June 1979 with the ruins of Fell Coke Works in the foreground. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon.

37094 with the 9P32 at Consett Low Yard on 19 September 1978. Photo copyright John Atkinson

37094 with the 9P32 at Consett Low Yard on 19 September 1978. Note one of the works Sentinal Shunters just to the left of the nose of the Class 37.  Photo copyright John Atkinson

37074 passes Consett North signal box on 19 September 1978. Photo copyright John Atkinson.

37074 passes Consett North signal box on 19 September 1978. Photo copyright John Atkinson.

Below is the only photo I’ve ever seen of a Class 47 on the line while it was open…

47311 with the 9P31 at Consett Low Yard on 21 February 1979. Photo copyright John Atkinson

47311 with the 9P31 at Consett Low Yard on 21 February 1979.  As the photographer says, the snow didn’t stay white for very long in Consett… Photo copyright John Atkinson

Interior of Consett North Signal Box 1 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Interior of Consett North Signal Box 1 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Consett North Signal Box 1 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Consett North Signal Box 1 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

A Class 08 shunter sits outside Consett Engine Shed at the Low Yard. Photo copyright Grahame Hunter

Photo copyright Grahame Hunter.

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright Grahame Hunter

Consett East Signal Box. Photo copyright Grahame Hunter

Low Yard in the 1980s…

Consett 1980

A view of the Low Yard in late 1980 just after the closure of the Steelworks.  Consett North Signal Box is just visible on the right.  Photo copyright Jon Hale

37084 stands at Consett Low Yard with a trainload of scrap from the closed steel works during 1981

37084 stands at Consett Low Yard with a trainload of scrap from the closed steel works during 1981. Photo copyright Keith Brown

37062 at the Low Yard with a train of scrap on 26 April 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37094 at Consett Low Yard (10 May 1982) Stephen McGahon

37094 assembling a scrap train at Consett Low Yard on 10 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephan McGahon

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Showing that track gets recycled a 3 bolt LMS chair in Consett Low Yard on 11 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37008 leaves the Low yard with a train of scrap on 21 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

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25198 at Consett Low Yard with a train of scrap wagons on 26 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright John Aiston

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright John Aiston

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright John Aiston

Consett Low Yard.  The building in the centre is the Engine Shed. Photo copyright John Aiston

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright John Aiston

Consett Low Yard. Photo copyright John Aiston

37058 at the head of a steel works scrap train, seen in Consett Low Yard, mid way down the train chargehand Stan Sharp checks the wagons, as the driver takes a leak on 27 October 1982. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37058 at the head of a steel works scrap train, seen in Consett Low Yard, mid way down the train chargehand Stan Sharp checks the wagons, as the driver takes a leak on 27 October 1982. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37079 in almost ex-works condition enters Consett Low Yard from the High Yard, with a train of empties for recovery of track materials and steel works scrap in August 1983. The remains of Consett Shed is seen to the left of the rear of the train. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37079 in almost ex-works condition enters Consett Low Yard from the High Yard, with a train of empties for recovery of track materials and steel works scrap in August 1983. The remains of Consett Shed is seen to the left of the rear of the train. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

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By way of a comparison to the above shot, this photograph shows Consett Low Yard on 27 September 1984 from the same vantage point. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37198 in Consett Low Yard with a Scrap train consisting of parts of the steel works. Wagons above the loco are being loaded by a road crane, with a felled lighting pylon beyond, with wagons seen through the arch of the distant bridge. September 1983. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37198 in Consett Low Yard with a Scrap train consisting of parts of the steel works. Wagons above the loco are being loaded by a road crane, with a felled lighting pylon beyond, with wagons seen through the arch of the distant bridge. September 1983. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37198 shunts a scrap train in Consett Low Yard seen through the former Durham Branch span of the line linking with the High Yard in September 1983. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

37198 shunts a scrap train in Consett Low Yard seen through the former Durham Branch span of the line linking with the High Yard in September 1983. Photo copyright Craig Oliphant

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