E56396 + E50231 on Scotswood Bridge, October, 2nd, 1982, just before closure of this route. Here Tyne Valley trains crossed from the north to south bank of the Tyne (or vice versa) for the last/first few miles to/from Newcastle. The condition of this bridge was the reason given for sending all trains on the route along the south bank through Dunston. Although with Europe's largest shopping complex opening in the mid 1980s presumably trains would have diverted that way anyway. Despite it's 'condition' the bridge still stands, apparently conveying various utility pipelines. John Carter.
On September 12, 1981, E51301 + E56464 depart Darlington with the 11:55 to Hartlepool. Until the mid 1980s there was an hourly service between Darlington and Hartlepool which used to carry a lot of students to Stockton and Billingham tech near Billingham station. Due the shortage of trains with the shortcomings of the new Pacers, the Hartlepool service was replaced by buses. The service was never reinstated apart from a token two trains each way on a Sunday. John Carter.
E50200 + E56072 / E56378 + E50221, Darlington, August 22, 1981. Darlington based Class 101s were always smartly turned out, contrasting with their Heaton based counterparts. John Carter.
Left: E50293 + E59070 + E50139, right: E50210 + E56410; at Thornaby on July 16, 1981. Thornaby was refuelling and stabling DMUs at this time and the nearest set is doing the shunt moves necessary to get on the depot. Thornaby station buildings were demolished soon after, becoming a windswept platform with only a bus shelter for passenger accommodation. Although now much improved with a ticket office and waiting room it is a shame the original buildings hadn't been renovated. John Carter.
E51430 + E51497 with the 16:02 to Huddersfield at Clayton West on March 17, 1982. John Carter.
53964 + 54247 at Sheffield on July 4, 1991. It still carries traces of it's Chester set number, CH274, despite having left over two years earlier. John Carter.
E56003 beside 55 009 at Doncaster, September 3, 1981. John Carter.
Class 101 E56071 + E51223 operates a Darlington-Saltburn service at South Bank on May 15, 1982. John Carter.
Cravens DMBS E51282 with Met-Camm DTS E56393 at Hartlepool on May 8, 1982. John Carter.
On May 8, 1982, ex=works E50164 + E56365 leads E56387 + E51208 at Newburn, Hartlepool. John Carter.
Class 119 set L588, W51107 (leading) + W59437 + W51079, pulls away from Reigate on a Reading bound service. Saturday 24th June 1989. Iain Reid.
Class 119 set L576, W51062 (left) + W59421 + W51090, pause at the signal protecting Shalford Jct awaiting the road into Guildford on a Reading bound service. Monday 12th June 1989. Iain Reid.
Class 117 set B430, W51410 (leading) + W59520 + W51368, heads away from Taunton returning to Bristol. A very Great Western scene with the dmu in BR-WR livery, 47628 'Sir Daniel Gooch' in GW livery waiting as back up for the GW150 special headed by 5051 'Drysllwyn Castle' and 4930 'Hagley Hall' waiting at the fine array of semaphore signals. Sunday 14th July 1985 Iain Reid.
Retro-green 53359 in the company of 51427 and a Class 114 at Cambridge in May 1987. Colin Brooks.
Stourton Saloon 975664 + 975637 stabled at Cambridge in June 1987. Colin Brooks.
Stourton Saloon 975637 + 975664 stabled at Cambridge in May 1987. Colin Brooks.
A Class 114 / Met-Camm formation at Cambridge (at 11:50) on Friday May 8th, 1987. Colin Brooks.
Cravens DMBS E51293 - now in parcels use - stabled at Cambridge in May 1987. Colin Brooks.
Class 101 set CA22 (presumably 54363 + 53204) on the 09:07 Ipswich - Cambridge arrives at Stowmarket (09:25) on Friday 8th May 1987. Colin Brooks.
101 Set CA08 (presumably 54373 + 51225) with the 15:55 Hitchin - Huntingdon arriving into Hitchin (at 16:00) on Friday 8th May 1987. This was the last weekday of DMU working between Hitchin and Huntingdon. Colin Brooks.