Freight at Chester-le-Street

Photo by MG Rising

Back to today’s railway for this month’s view. Michael Rising was at Chester-le-Street recently and after the seeing the late running 1P32 (13.50 Newcastle to Manchester Airport TPE with a class 802 bi-modal unit) he photographed 66 004 heading 4E96, the 08.10 Mossend Euroterminal to South Bank Tees Dock Export Berth, which was also running late due to the delayed TPE. Chester was due to be closed under the Beeching Plan (and even features in the Flanders & Swan song “Slow Train”) but managed to escape the axe.

Did You Know?

At the outbreak of World War One, the NER employed 1,470 women and girls. By the end of hostilities this had risen to 7,885. Much more information is to be found in the book "The North Eastern Railway in the First World War" by our member Rob Langham.