Railway Archive Issue 14

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Railway Archive Issue 14

96 pages. 275x215mm. .

SSN 1477-5336 14


Contents: The Railway in the Landscape, p. 2; Stroudley's Gladstones by Peter Treloar, p. 5; London & North Eastern Railway (North Eastern Area) Goods Motor Service, p. 17; The Travails of Early Rail Travel by Jim Greaves, p. 39; Bridge Improvements on the Midland in the 1880s Part 2: Overline and Underline Bridges by Neil Parkhouse & John Miles, p. 47; The Railway Photographs of E. Pouteau Part 14: The London & North Western Railway Part 2 and the Maryport & Carlisle Railway by John Alsop, p. 65; Wish You Were Here? Railway Postcards of Durham by John Alsop, p. 83

Railway Archive Issue 14 - Sample Images

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From 'Railway Postcards of Durham': To the west of Bishop Auckland lies the Wear Valley and the railway gradually progressed along it mainly to access the mineral wealth, in particular the limestone. The final section from Stanhope to the terminus here at Wearhead opened on 21st October 1895. The station building was in a style that had been used by the North Eastern since the late 1870s, with a separate house for the station master. All the buildings look very new here, suggesting the view may have been taken shortly after opening in 1895 and then used a few years later for this postcard, published around 1905. The locomotive facilities, which included a small shed for the branch engine, a 45ft turntable (which may have been provided later) and the 6ft diameter parachute-style water tank, were all quite separate. The shed lay just off to the right of the picture, served by a siding running behind the photographer, whilst the turntable was at the end of a short siding running back off the end of the loop. Reference to the L&NER (NE Region) Goods Motor Facilities listing published elsewhere in this issue indicates that, in the 1930s, the station also acted as the railhead for goods traffic to and from the outlying villages of Black Dene West and Burnhope. Wearhead station closed to passengers on 29th June 1953 (the engine shed was shut the same day) but goods traffic continued until 1960. The bridge in the right background carries a road over the River Wear. John Alsop Collection

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