Showing posts with label Railways. Show all posts
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Friday, April 19, 2019

Queen Elizabeth the 2nd Metro Bridge


Queen Elizabeth the 2nd Metro Bridge.

This bridge was specifically built to carry the Metro light rail system which serves Tyne and Wear. It was designed by WA Fairhurst and Partners and constructed by Cementation Construction Co & Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company.
The bridge was opened by Queen Elizabeth 11 on the 6th of November 1978.
The bridge is 1,157 (352.7m) ft in length and 82ft (25m) above the river Tyne.
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King Edward the 7th Bridge over the Tyne


King Edward the 7th Railway Bridge over the Tyne.

The bridge was opened by King Edward the V11 and Queen Alexandra in 1906. The bridge was designed by engineer Charles A Harrison of the North Eastern Railways and was built by Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company.
The bridge has been described as "Britain's last great railway bridge". It is a grade 2 listed building and has 4 lines. The bridge is 1,150 ft (350 meters) in length, is 112ft (34m) above the high water mark  and cost £500,000. 
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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Tynemouth Metro Station


Tynemouth Metro Station.

Tynemouth Railway Station was opened in 1882 as part of North Eastern Railways.
The station became part of the Tyne and Wear Metro system in 1980.
The station had fallen into disrepair but was renovated in 2012 and the refurbished station was officially opened by Anne, the Princes Royal on 02/07/2012.
There is a weekly market held every Saturday and Sunday as well as a monthly farmers market. The station is a grade 2 listed building.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Azuma Train at the Discovery Museum - Great Exhibition of the North


Azuma Train at the Discovery Museum - Great Exhibition of the North.

One of the most modern trains currently being manufactured is the Azuma. The train is being built at Hitachi at  Newton Aycliffe in Co Durham for use by the London North East Railways on the East Coast Mainline.
The train is on display at the Discovery Museum where the slightly older and iconic Stephenson's Rocket can be seen.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North


Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North.

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North Stephenson's Rocket has been brought home to Newcastle's Discovery Museum.
Rocket was built to compete in the Rainhill trials to find a railway engine to provide a service between Manchester and Liverpool which was the world's first inter-city passenger service, although passengers had been carried between the smaller towns of Stockton and Darlington in the North East of England previous to that.
Rocket was built in 1829 at the Forth Street Locomotive works in Newcastle Upon Tyne,  the first of it's type anywhere in the world, established by George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways", His son Robert Stephenson was responsible for the design of Rocket. 
In the background the famous vessel the Turbinia is visible, another engineering achievement of the North East. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

George Stephenson's birthplace Wylam Northumberland


George Stephenson's birthplace, Wylam, Northumberland.

The great Tyneside engineer George Stephenson was born in a modest miners cottage not far from the river Tyne.
The cottage was built among many others to house mining families who worked in nearby coal mines. The current footpath follows the course of the old wagon way from which the young Stephenson would have seen the coal wagons go by.
It was from these humble beginnings that Stephenson, "The Father of the Railways"  rose to become one of the greatest engineers in history.
Further photos & information of George and Robert Stephenson's impact on the North East can be seen here.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

George Stephenson Monument Newcastle


George Stephenson Monument, Newcastle.

The monument stands near Newcastle's Central Station and was designed by local sculpture John Graham Lough & unvieled in 1862 .
This memorial shows George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways" with an engineering plan in his hand.
The four characters shown near the base of the statue represent an engineer, a blacksmith, a miner with a safety lamp (another Stephenson design) and a plate layer with the type of rail also invented by Stephenson.
Further photos of the history of George and Robert Stephenson.
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Stephenson Railway Museum North Shields


Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields. 

The Stephenson Railway Museum was created in honour of George Stephenson, a son of Tyneside and the "Father of the Railways".
To see further photos of the history of George and Robert Stephenson please click here.
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