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Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by nickrail » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:44 pm

Hi
Does anyone have any photographs or maps showing the rail layout of the Newcastle Quayside branch railway? I'm looking at both ends ie Trafalgar Yard and the exchange sidings at the bottom. Any info welcomed.

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by third-rail » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:09 pm

nickrail wrote:Hi
Does anyone have any photographs or maps showing the rail layout of the Newcastle Quayside branch railway? I'm looking at both ends ie Trafalgar Yard and the exchange sidings at the bottom. Any info welcomed.

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have you seen malcolms pictures in the photo section re newport shildon,bottom yard appears to have three main sidings the point work in the fore ground lead out of the yard onto the extensive quayside network,the tracks went from under the tyne bridge past the ouse burn down to and past spillers warfe.in this area the tracks can still be seen on google

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by 52D » Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:31 am

A fairly recent edition of Railway Bylines had a feature on the branch with maps i will check for you later. The same article also showed the route of Victoria Tunnel under the city.
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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by nickrail » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:23 am

Thanks guys for both those bits of info. Had a look at Malcolm's posted pics and they certainly help with the lower quayside end. Most of the photos of the top end seem to be taken from a similar vantage point to this one, ie. west of Argyle St bridge. I've yet to see one that shows the lines east of here, between Argyle St and where New Bridge St crosses the lines. I have seen a photo somewhere of the tunnel entrance on the quayside. I'm now looking for diagrams or a map to show the rail layout at top and bottom ends. It's for a possible model project...when I have time.

If anyone knows which issue the line was featured in Bylines, I'd be grateful.

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by 52D » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:31 am

Bylines Vol 11 issue 10 title Newcastle Quayside
Ive just realised that the alignments of the Quayside branch and Victoria tunnels cross at the lower end were there any subsidence problems with this happening.
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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by nickrail » Thu Apr 30, 2009 9:57 am

Hi
Don't know about any subsidence issues. If the line descended in a curve it must have been pretty steep. I made amistake in my last post as the photo in Malcolms collection of trafalgar Yd is just below New Bridge St bridge - not Argyle St. I'm curious as to how the line descended at that point. Not surew there's much left now. I live in northeast so may take a walk and see if I can trace anything. Let you know if I find any subsidence...I'll yell as I fall through!

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by 52D » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:09 am

If you cant find Bylines edition send me a pm
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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by Malcolm » Thu Apr 30, 2009 10:09 am

Hi there, Nick,

I have maps of the yards and lines, and copies of the articles in questions.
PM me.

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by Alex Duckworth » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:50 pm

This is my first post to the forum, although I have been a member since 2010. I am partway through building a 2mmFS model of the ES1 and would like to make a diorama, or perhaps a small layout to run it on. I have the Hoole book and the two issues of Bylines featuring the Quayside branch but I would be very interested in any further info or photos that would assist with the model.


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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by PinzaC55 » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:34 pm

If you are local to Newcastle and you can visit the Local Studies section of the central library they have 25 inch OS maps from the 1940's which give you detailed plans of the track layout. If you search Flickr for Argyle Street I have the full signal diagram for the box.

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by Caledonian » Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:36 pm

Because it was relatively shallow, the route of the tunnel is shown clearly on the Ordnance Survey maps of the day and therefore as Pinza says worth checking out in the library.

I'm out of the office right now without access to my own maps, but essentially it descended, or rather sank into the ground at the east end of Trafalgar Yard into what was known as the Red Barns tunnel, the actual entrance to which was therefore below mean ground level. It then described a semi-circle under the bank, part of which was in an open cutting, now infilled but easily identified as its just grassed over rather than built upon.
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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by Rlangham » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:41 pm

Which issues of bylines feature the branch? Also, does anything survive of the branch that's visible in the area today? (aside from Number 1 at Shildon!). I only visited Newcastle for the first time since a child just a few weeks ago but didn't get the chance to visit the Quayside
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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by limitofshunt » Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:59 pm

Just the tunnel portal still remains, though the tunnel is filled in. I'm not sure there are any remnants left at the Quayside end thanks to the complete redevelopment of the area in the last 20 years.

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by lippy » Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:50 pm

Rlangham wrote:Which issues of bylines feature the branch? Also, does anything survive of the branch that's visible in the area today? (aside from Number 1 at Shildon!). I only visited Newcastle for the first time since a child just a few weeks ago but didn't get the chance to visit the Quayside
I have a copy of Bylines at the Blyth and Tyne club along with an EM gauge layout of Trafalgar Yard I acquired last year.

If your near North Shields you are welcome to come and see the layout but is not up and running as it needs work on the electrics.

PM me if your interested

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Re: Newcastle Quayside Branch

Post by seacoaler » Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:26 am

Took many photos of Quayside branch in 1992 (and all the surrounding area )when much still in situ and I was also involved in filling up the end of the tunnel .

See flickr thread -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/seacoaler/ ... 896656199/

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