East of Ouston Junction, the line passed through Birtley and then Washington.
One of the few occasions a single Sulzer Type 2 handled the Tyne Dock to Consett Ore trains. A single Type 2 could handle these trains, but still required bankers at Tyne Dock and South Pelaw. Taken 17/09/1966, copyright Tony Lambert
Signal post at Ouston Junction in October 1983. The railings in the background are for the bridge that took the line over the East Coast Mainline. Photo copyright Colin Alexander
The trackbed after track lifting at Rickleton, Washington. Photo copyright Colin Alexander
The bridge carrying the line over the A167 at Birtley can be seen here in December 1982, two years after the closure of the Consett Steelworks. The bridge still stands today as part of the C2C cycle route. Photo copyright Colin Alexander
Taken at Picktree, the bridge in the foreground (still) gives access to Picktree Lodge estate – that in the distance carries the A1(M). Taken in December 1982, two years after the closure of the steelworks. Photo copyright Colin Alexander
A view of the line at Picktree, looking towards Birtley, taken in December 1982. Photo copyright Colin Alexander