This section covers photographs of South Pelaw Junction itself, other locations on the line are covered in the ‘Further up the Line‘ and ‘Further down the Line‘ sections.

After Tracklifting

Track Lifting After Closure

1980 – Closure

1970 – 1979

1960 – 1969

1950 – 1959

1940 – 1949

1930 – 1939



8 thoughts on “Photographs

  1. John 'Joe ' Cuddihy

    I worked occasionally as a Relief Signalman at South Pelaw 1960s until late 70s. I was at all the boxes on the Leamside , Consett branch. Pontop xing , Sunderland area. South Shields, Harton Junction , Durham South, Tyne Yard Box and I finished my time at IECC Gateshead.
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    1. Bill connor

      My son in law is a steam buff. When looking at South pelaw photos I saw your message. Glad you are still alive and kicking
      Bill Connor
      S and T Tyne yard

  2. Chris Oates


    I recently got a dog and regularly walk with my children where I believe Pelton station once was and next to a huge old barn that I believe was once a coachworks? We are really interested in any history of this railway and site which is directly opposite our house in South Pelaw….. a point in the direction of any information would be massively appreciated


  3. Bob Willis

    Having seeing the layout at North Shields last sunday 29th July 2018 this led me to the website.

    I was the toolvan supervisor at Thornaby 1977 to 1992 and using our 45T steam crane and Doncaster’s 75 crane I had to sort that mess out on 24th September 1979. Suffice to say it only took less than 18 hrs to get both locos lifted out of the hole they had made!! The cause of the derailment was a loose tyre on 37098 due to the brake dragging and overheating the wheels on that loco.

    Is there any chance of having copies of the photos of the derailment for my collection ???

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