Track Lifting at Consett

37270 heads the final train to leave the site of Consett station on 25 September 1984 with the track literally being lifted being the train. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

As an aside to the photo above, here’s what 37270 looked like in 2013, almost 30 years after the photo above was taken:

37270 from the previous photo as she was in 2013, 37409 Lord Hinton in revenue service with Direct Rail Services at York Station. Photo copyright Robert Patterson

 

Track lifting at Consett on 25 September 1984. Note the bridge at Leadgate in the background which was finally demolished in 2015. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

The same train as in the photo above from Stephen McGahon but this time from Allen Marrs from the other side of the line. In fact, the photo shows Stephen stood next to his motorbike…

Track lifting near Consett, the old Northern bus depot on the left with Carr House farm in the background, taken on the 25th Sept. 1984 Photo copyright Allen Marrs.
Consett is finally disconnected from the rest of the rail network on 25 September 1984. Photo copyright Stephan McGahon
37078 'Teeside Steelmaster' heads a track lifting train at Consett on 26 September 1984 - I believe that this was the very last train to leave Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon
37078 ‘Teesside Steelmaster’ heads a track lifting train between Consett and Leadgate on 26 September 1984. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon
Another shot of 37078 Teesside Steelmaster with a track lifting train at Villa Real, Leadgate. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon
Another shot of 37078 Teesside Steelmaster with a track lifting train at Villa Real, Leadgate just outside Consett. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon