The Branch Line Society


A Tale of Two Ports - Monday 29th August 2016

In glorious Bank Holiday sunshine (!) this was the first tour since the refurbishment of the interesting 2½ mile branch to the Port of Sunderland and reached Corporation Quay. The two internal locos (little used in recent years) were brought out of their shed for participants to see and in March 2017 left for the Bowes Railway. At the Port of Tyne the Coal Terminal was traversed to the end of line (any further and we would have been IN the Tyne!) and progress was seen on the new biomass loading facility for Lynemouth Power Station. Tour participants were very grateful to our friend Major Ian Hughes of Green Dragon Rail for his very considerable help in achieving these two objectives, as well as for the considerable time and effort put in by Kev Adlam including meetings and site visits. Interesting track featured on the way out and return as below.


All pictures are copyright and are thanks to our Society Photographer Geoff Plumb for more see with detailed captions. is his website.

With thanks to Martyn Brailsford.

With thanks to Jim Sellens.

Crewe P5 early morning.

Reversing at Ferryhill Old Yard on the outward trip, looking south (the ECML is far right).

Sam and Chloe, the Buffet Car Crew from Crewe to Crewe.

On the Port of Sunderland branch.

The front loco at Corporation Quay Level Crossing, Sunderland Dock.

Above and below: Port of Tyne Coal (import) Terminal - complete with special coal ballast.

Port of Sunderland railway: the red lines are those traversed by our tour. The larger digits are point number.
With thanks to Martyn Brailsford.

Back to top