A look at the various steam locomotives that worked the line.
LNER Q6 0-8-0 (NER T2 Class)
Designed by Vincent Raven, at total of one hundred and twenty engines were built at the NER’s Darlington Works between 1913 and 1918.
An unqualified success they lasted, almost unaltered, on freight haulage (the locomotives had no train braking capability so could not be used on passenger trains) in the North East until the demise of steam in 1967.
A Q6, number 63395, has been preserved by the North East Locomotive Preservation Group, details here.
LNER Q7 0-8-0
LNER K1 2-6-0
With a design attributed to Arthur Peppercorn, the K1s were an LNER design but all seventy of the locomotives ordered were delivered to British Railways after nationalisation. Like the Q6, they served right up to the end of steam.
A K1, number 62005, has been preserved by the North East Locomotive Preservation Group, detals here.
BR 9F 2-10-0
Designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles, a total of two hundred and fifty one 9Fs were built originally for use on heavy freight trains. ten 9F locomotices, numbers 92060-92066 and 92097-92099 were modified, with the fitment of a pair of Westinghouse Air pumps, specifically to haul the the iron ore trains from Tyne Dock to Consett.
The 9Fs began duties on the ore trains in 1956 with the final 9F hauled train, named the Tyne Docker, running to Consett on 19 November 1966 behind a specially cleaned and adorned 92063.
A number of 9Fs have been saved for preservation, the most well known of which, Evening Star, is part of the National Collection.