Tyne Dock- Then and Now

These two photos depict differing imports at Tyne Dock. On the left we see the bunkers built in the early 1950s to handle imported iron ore destined for Consett. In the late 1960s two Type 2 diesel locos are in charge of a rake of the special bogie hopper wagons built for this traffic. Tyne Dock was built to export coal, but the original dock has now been filled in, and ships are handled at a tidal quay on the river. On the right we see the 130,000 cubic metre silo for imported wood pellets which are loaded to new covered hopper wagons and transported to LPL’s power station at Lynemouth. The grey building to the right is the bottom of the Drax bunker. The former Tyne Dock Bottom signal cabin was located about where the rails enter the Drax bunker building. Trains leaving the dock climb past the site of Tyne Dock loco shed, and just beyond Green Lane bridge Drax trains take the new north to east curve, joining the Gateshead to Sunderland line at Boldon East Jct, just east of the site of Pontop Crossing. LPL trains take the west curve from Boldon North to Boldon West Jct and proceed to Gateshead, crossing the King Edward Bridge and on to Lynemouth via Benton and the Blyth & Tyne route through Bedlington.

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