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Trainspotting at Little Benton Sidings, Newcastle.

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I just cant remember any nickname up here for the Class 40's. Not usual, as we had a nickname for most things. "Another bloody J27" was a common cry at Little Benton, though they were more usual on hopper wagons than cattle trucks. These empties are headed north to dispersed from Morpeth to the smaller stations with marts in Northumberland. 

The A8 is being turned into the relief sidings to allow the passage of a late-running express. Unless it is on empty stock, it's passengers will miss the connection at Central. I remember taking a stopper from Chathill to Newcastle and being held up to allow a Down express to race past- I think in 1965.

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This is why the A8 was put into the sidings. The V2 is on a relief Edinburgh-Newcastle, which stopped only at Dunbar and Berwick.

 

Some of the passengers in the Pullman will be claiming a refund, as the train has a MK1 FO substituting for a 1st Class Parlour. The loco is Heaton's Bronzino, which is simply a re-numbered Bachmann with double-chimney fitted. The loco was apparently a "pet" at 52B and was often used when Heaton crew had "The Northumbrian"

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The A8 is finally released from the relief sidings, and will stop briefly at Manors East before terminating at Central. A8's were regular at Newcastle, though more usually from the south.

 

The Ivatt , which was shedded at Heaton, looks as though it is on a stopper heading to Berwick or beyond, but the splitting distant gives it away- it is actually a diverted portion of a Bergen Boat Train. The line through Percy Main is obviously closed, so the train is diverted up the ECML where it will take the route to Backworth and reverse , then head for the Tyne Commission Quay via Blue Bell.. Usually a V1/3 would be motive power, but I have a photo of an Ivatt on a similar train at the Quay station, so here is my version. The Ivatt is simply a re-numbered Bachmann,

 

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There were a handful of Standard 5's  on Tyneside though they don't seem to have been very popular, not particularly surprising in an area with a surfeit of A2's, V2;2 and B1's. Heaton has rostered one of theirs' on a parcels, which has been held at Little Benton South. Quite why is a mystery, as the Down line was clear enough to allow the N10 through on a humble LOCO coal. The N10 is a North Eastern kit, the 5MT re-numbered Bachmann.IMG_20191110_131104.jpg.e20997ace32a8d23510a00e4320a5dc2.jpg

 

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After that came a spotters dream. I always wanted to see 60700, but I haven't even found photographs of it as far north as Newcastle in BR days. It seems to have been used predominantly south of its' Doncaster base. No doubt the spotters thought it was another A4, and probably fell off the fence when W1 sailed past. I "built" it when I was less geographically fussy about my locos, and it is a Hornby A4 modified with Graeme King resin parts, and I keep it and run it occasionally out of sentimentality- and because it's my railway.IMG_20191110_162954.jpg.0760994616a02a7f3ad4d4e69c8df099.jpg

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After the excitement of the W1, it's back to reality with the G5 on the Businessmen's Special to Newbiggin. This went from Central rather than Manors, and went on the more direct line on the ECML rather than the loop via Benton , joining the North Tyneside loop at Benton Quarry Junction then the Blyth and Tyne mainline at Backworth. The G5 is an ancient NUCast kit, and I keep meaning to do more to it. One of these  days....

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I hope folk viewing this thread don't find it too boring. The layout is really a large-ish diorama to allow me to run my locos- loco building and adapting is my main pre-occupation these days- and so getting different views to make life more interesting is almost impossible. But that was what spotting was like in an essentially semi-rural location in the late 50''s/early 60's.

 

Anyway here is Heaton's 60511 heading to Edinburgh , probably on a relief, The leading coach, to the howls of the purists, is a MK1 SO which came with one of the Hachette magazine series, for about £3 if I remember, I bought several, and have modified a few using Comet or similar sides, and replaced the wheels. I meant to upgrade the underframe, but other than on a converted RO, I never got round to it. A "layout" coach in the extreme ! The A2/3 was a GBL A2 modified using Graeme King resin parts, on a modified Bachmann chassis.

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This is my short rake of LMS stock- not very prototypical. They are ex-Airfix coaches with Comet or similar etched brass overlays. There are a few photos of LMS stock running between Newcastle and Edinburgh, and vice versa, but all have ex-LNER locos on the front, and none of the captions explain what the train is. I suspect they wrer usually reliefs with the stock all that was available on a busy Summer Saturday or whatever,

 

This is a bit different, as the train is clearly an excursion. I have a picture of 46162 at Newcastle on a train from the Midlands (or was it Manchester... I need to check). In this case the train is a returning Saturday excursion to Whitley Bay. Though nothing like as busy with holiday traffic as , say Scarborough,  Whitley Bay did see a fair amount of excursion and holiday special traffic and this is what is happening here.

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AIUI, the majority of excursions to Whitley Bay were from Glasgow, specifically during the Glasgow Fair fortnight.

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1 hour ago, D9020 Nimbus said:

AIUI, the majority of excursions to Whitley Bay were from Glasgow, specifically during the Glasgow Fair fortnight.

That's true, and I have to say it was a great time to spend at Whitley Bay and the Spanish City for young teens - and not for the trains, either!!!

 

Booklaws Vol 18 has a photo of 45549 from Upperby on a return excursion to Workington in May 1957. The train stock is all LMS . My 46162 was at Upperby at some point so I have some sort ox excuse - not that I need one..

 

Actually, my photo of 46162 at Newcastle was dated 1962, with a caption stating is was a Saltley loco on a Saturday relief from Birmingham. So it would have gone no further north than servicing at Heaton for the return journey- still a couple of miles from my location.

 

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