PASSENGER TRAINS

Whilst the passenger service on the line ceased in May 1955, latterly the line saw a surprising number of Railtours as well as a visit from the Royal Train when Prince Charles visited Consett in December 1982 following the closure of the Steelworks.

LAST PASSENGER TRAIN – 17 March 1984

As I’m getting ever more information on the last passenger train, I have separated it off on to a page of it’s own here.

THE ROYAL TRAIN – 3 December 1982

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The Royal Train between Annfield Plain and Stanley. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Hauled by the specially prepared Class 31 locomotives, 31415 and 31403, the Royal Train took Prince Charles to Consett on 3 December 1982.

By this time of course, Consett Station was no more so the Prince had to disembark in to the mud using a set of wooden steps. The Prince left Consett by other means resulting in an empty return working for the train.

In the cab that day were Tyne Yard men Driver George Milley and second man Alan Dodds.

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The Royal train approaching Annfield Plain. Photo copyright Neil Young

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The Royal train approaching Annfield Plain. Photo copyright Neil Young

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A small crowd of locals look down on the Royal Train as Prince Charles disembarks the train at Consett. Photo copyright Neil Young

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The Royal Train leaving Consett heading towards Leadgate. Photo copyright Neil Young

R.C.T.S. NORTH EASTERN NO.5 RAILTOUR – 27 September 1980

Consisting of a 3 car (Class 101) and 2 car DMU, ran from Leeds to Consett and back.

THE ‘GREAT FAREWELLS’ TOUR – 20 September 1980

37143 on The Great Fairwells railtour at Consett (20 September 1980)

The Great Fairwells Tour stands at Consett. Photo Copyright Alan Lewis

The ‘Great Farewells’ tour, named for the closure of both Consett and New Holland Pier ran from Kings Cross to Consett on 20 September 1980.

The train consisted of 9 Mk1 coaches pulled by a number of different locomotives with Class 37, 37143, in charge on the section from Doncaster to Consett with Class 08, 08373, used at Consett to move the coaches whilst 37143 ran round the train.

For further information on the tour, click here.

37143 at Consett. Photo copyright John Atkinson

37143 at Consett. Photo copyright John Atkinson

The full consist of the train to and from Consett was as follows:

  • 37143 – Class 37 locomotive
  • 16008 – Composite 1st and 2nd Class Corridor (CK)
  • 25182 – 2nd Class Corridor (SK)
  • 25806 – 2nd Class Corridor (SK)
  • 25444 – 2nd Class Corridor (SK)
  • 1682 – 2nd Class and unclassified Restaurant and Kitchen
  • 25053 – 2nd Class Corridor (SK)
  • 26090 – 2nd Class Corridor (SK)
  • 4472 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 14101 – 1st Class Brake Corridor (BK)

Below are copies of the documentation received by the passengers on the Great Fairwells tour:

Copyright Stephen McGahon

Copyright Stephen McGahon

Copyright Stephen McGahon

Copyright Stephen McGahon

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Copyright Stephen McGahon

TYNE-TEES LTD – 22 March 1980

Tyne Tees Railtour

The Tyne-Tees Ltd Railtour passing Penshaw Station. Photo Copyright Alan Lewis

The Tyne-Tees Ltd railtour ran from Cardiff to Consett Steelworks and back on 22 March 1980.  Pulled by 37114 from York to Consett with a train consisting of 10 Mk1 coaches this railtour also traversed the Leamside line (another line now consigned to the history books) and got to South Pelaw Junction via Washington.

At Consett, the coaches were pulled by 08271 while 37114 ran round it’s train.  On leaving Consett, the train headed back to South Pelaw Junction where it took the line to Ouston Junction and headed to Newcastle where the loco was changed to 40118 for the return journey to York.

For further information on the tour, click here.

With the church spires towering above the town, 37114 heads away from Stanley towards Annfield Plain en route to Consett. Photo copyright Bob Lumley

With the church spires towering above the town, 37114 heads away from Stanley towards Annfield Plain en route to Consett. Photo copyright Bob Lumley

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37114 rounds Brooms Curve at Leadgate with the Tyne-Tees Ltd on 22 March 1980. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Tyne-Tees Ltd. climbing towards Annfield Plain 22-3-80 37114

37114 climbing towards Annfield Plain with the Tyne-Tees Ltd on 22 March 1980. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

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37114 at Consett North with the Tees-Tyne Ltd on 22 March 1980. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

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37114 runs round it’s train at Consett. Photo copyright John Williamson

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37114 runs round it’s train at Consett. Note the brand new Railfreight branded SPA and BDA wagons to the right. Photo copyright John Williamson

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A view of the steelworks from the Tyne-Tees Ltd. Photo copyright John Williamson

COUNTY DURHAM CRUSADER – 12 & 19 May 1979

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The Country Durham Crusader struggles up the hill past the site of Beamish Station. Photo Copyright Alan Lewis

Originally scheduled for 24 March 1979 but cancelled due to bad weather and re-run on 12 May 1979, this particular railtour proved so popular it was run again the following weekend.

Run from Kings Cross with the journey to Consett via Ouston Junction and South Pelaw Junction and the return via South Pelaw Junction and Washington, the train on 12 May was pulled by 37062 and on 19 May by 37085 with a consist of 11 Mk1 coaches.

For more information on the 12 May tour, click here and here for the 19 May tour.

The full consist of the train on 12 May was as follows:

  • 37062 – Class 37 Locomotive
  • 5069 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4461 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4529 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4666 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4990 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 1546 – 2nd Class and unclassified Restaurant and Kitchen
  • 35418 – 2nd Class Brake Corridor (BK)
  • 13256 – 1st Class Corridor (CK)
  • 4631 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4632 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
  • 4759 – 2nd Class Open (SO)
The Country Durham Crusader takes the line to Washington at South Pleaw Junction on the return journey from Consett on 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

The County Durham Crusader takes the line to Washington at South Pleaw Junction on the return journey from Consett on 12 May 1979. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

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37085 at Consett with the County Durham Crusader railtour on 19 May 1979. Photo copyright Charlie Osta

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37085 at Consett with the County Durham Crusader railtour on 19 May 1979. Photo copyright Charlie Osta

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37085 at Consett with the County Durham Crusader railtour on 19 May 1979. Photo copyright Charlie Osta

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08081 at Consett with the consist of the Country Durham Crusader railtour on 19 May 1979. Photo copyright Charlie Osta

The County Durham Crusader passes Oxhill on 19 May 1979 heading towards Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

The County Durham Crusader passes Oxhill on 19 May 1979 heading towards Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

The County Durham Crusader passes between East Castle and Greencroft on 19 May 1979 on the return journey from Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

The County Durham Crusader passes between East Castle and Greencroft on 19 May 1979 on the return journey from Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

STOCKTON & DARLINGTON 150 ANNIVERSARY – 19 July to 27 September 1975

Rail 150 Tour 6-9-75

A four car Class 101 DMU and another three car unit on a Railtour at South Pelaw Junction on 6 September 1975. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

As part of the Stockton & Darlington 150th Anniversary a number of passenger specials, in the form of diesel multiple units, ran between Darlington  Bank Top Station and Consett.

Costing £1.50 for adults and 75p for children, the specials followed the routes of the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway, the Durham Junction Railway and the Brandling Junction Railway as well as the route of the Stanhope and Tyne and part of the Stockton & Darlington Railway.

South Pelaw 6-9-75 Rail 150 Tour

The same train as above heads up the hill towards Consett past the site of Stella Gill sidings. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Consett 13-9-75 Rail 150 Tour

Another Rail 150 tour passes Consett station on 13 September 1975. Photo Copyright Stephen McGahon.

At Ouston Junction on 6th September 1975, a DMU crosses the ECML on the Washington line. The line in the foreground is from the ECML to South Pelaw. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

A copy of the BR publicity leaflet sent to the passengers is shown below.

BR Publicity leaflet for the Rail 150 Tour. Courtesy Stephen McGahon

BR Publicity leaflet for the Rail 150 Tour. Courtesy Stephen McGahon

BR Publicity leaflet for the Rail 150 Tour. Courtesy Stephen McGahon

BR Publicity leaflet for the Rail 150 Tour. Courtesy Stephen McGahon

TICKETS PLEASE…

Images of tickets from both the RCTS Tour of 9 September 1972 and the County Durham Crusader of 12 May 1979.

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