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The Geordie-Go-Round

Saturday 7 April 2018

UPDATE: Standard Class is now only available from Newcastle.

Today we pay a visit to England’s north-east to take a look at some interesting routes to the north of the mighty River Tyne, which are not served by regular passenger trains.

We take a fast journey north along the East Coast Main Line via York, pausing at Tyne Yard near the ‘Angel of the North’ to detach our electric loco and switch to diesel traction. We then travel via King Edward Bridge, Newcastle Central to Benton Junction. Here we veer right, following the Tyne & Wear Metro line for a few miles before heading north along the Blyth & Tyne Line through Newsham and Bedlington.

At West Sleekburn Junction we take a right turn, heading through an area full of railway interest, past the site of Blyth Cambois TMD. We duly reach the North Sea and run south for a mile or so with the waves lapping just a few yards away from the train. We expect to run to the Network Rail limit at North Blyth.

We retrace our outward route to Bedlington South Junction and after a further reversal take the continuation of the Blyth & Tyne through Choppington. At Morpeth we rejoin the East Coast Main Line to head through Cramlington to reach Newcastle Central. Here we have a leg-stretching stop of an hour or so before our return journey with the electric loco.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London King's Cross08.2022.05
Potters Bar (for M25)08.3521.40