2nd April 1989

Institute of Mining Engineers
North East Railtour

DMU used 3x 2-car sets

Route :

DMU Route
as listed Newcastle - Morpeth - Butterwell Jn - Butterwell opencast (1) - Ashington
as listed Ashington - Lynemouth Colliery (bunker line)
as listed Lynemouth Colliery - Ashington - Earsdon Jn - Benton Jn - Newcastle
as listed Newcastle - High Level Bridge - Boldon West Jn - Green Lane Jn - Tyne Coal Terminal
as listed Tyne Coal Terminal - Green Lane Jn
as listed Green Lane Jn - Westoe Run-Round GF
as listed Westoe Run-Round GF - Westoe Colliery (loading pad)
as listed Westoe Colliery - Westoe Run-Round GF
as listed Westoe Run-Round GF - Green Lane Jn - Boldon East Jn - Monkwearmouth
as listed Monkwearmouth - Wearmouth Colliery (2)
as listed Wearmouth Colliery - Monkwearmouth - Sunderland - Ryhope Grange Jn - Hawthorn Preparation Plant
as listed Hawthorn Preparation Plant - Ryhope Grange Jn
as listed Ryhope Grange Jn - Dawdon SB - Dawdon Rapid Loading Bunker
as listed Dawdon Rapid Loading Bunker - Dawdon
as listed Dawdon - Easington
as listed Easington - Easington Colliery (end of line)
as listed Easington Colliery - Easington
as listed Easington - Dawdon SB - Seaham Colliery
as listed Seaham Colliery - Dawdon SB
as listed Dawdon SB - Sunderland - High Level Bridge - Newcastle

Notes :
(1) To view loading facilities from the train.
(2) On branch, past furthest colliery points.
(3) Train held for 46mins at Stannington awaiting the lifting of an engineering possession.
(4) Reported as the first IME railtour.


From Bob Mitchell's ticket collection.

Sources : Paul Griffin (on the train throughout), Kevin Driscoll & Ian Umpleby

Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Kevin Driscoll & Ian Umpleby)

M.C Location Booked Actual
0.00 Newcastle 09.00d 09.01
16.50 Morpeth ? 10.10 ~ 10.11
22.11 Butterwell Opencast 09.25 ~ 09.30 10/26
25.74 Ashington 09.46 ~ 09.50 10.40 ~ 10.42
29.07 Lynemouth Colliery 10.?? ~ 10.45 11.03 ~ 11.06
50.72 Newcastle 11.58 ~ 12.05 12.12 ~ 12.21
51.32 High Level Bridge Jn ??/?? ?
51.77 Park Lane Jn ??/?? 12/24
54.49 Pelaw Jn 12/13 12/28
57.49 Boldon Colliery West Jn 12/18 12/32
58.21 Green Lane Jn 12/21 12/34
58.26 Tyne Coal Terminal 12.24 ~ 12.34 12.46 ~ 12.49
58.31 Green Lane Jn 12.37 ~ 12.41 12.57 ~ 13.00
62.11 Westoe Run-Round GF ??.?? ~ ??.?? ?
62.21 Westoe Colliery Loading Pad 12.51 ~ 13.01 13.13 ~13.17
62.31 Westoe Run-Round GF ??.?? ~ ??.?? ?
65.37 Boldon Colliery East Jn 13/14 13/28
69.71 Monkwearmouth 13.20 ~ 13.24 13.48 ~ 13.51
70.36 Wearmouth Colliery 13.30 ~ 13.40 13.56 ~ 13.59
71.47 Sunderland 13/50 14/08
73.44 Ryhope Grange Jn 13/55 14/12
80.11 Hawthorn Preparation Plant 14.10 ~ 14.20 14.41 ~ 14.44
86.58 Ryhope Grange Jn 14.35 ~ 14.39 15.07 ~ 15.10
91.16 Dawdon Bunker 14.50 ~ 15.00 15.23 ~ 15.26
92.13 Dawdon 15.03 ~ 15.07 15.32 ~ 15.35
94.06 Easington 15.12 ~ 15.16 15.41 ~ 15.44
94.46 Easington Colliery 15.22 ~ 15.32 15.49 ~ 15.53
95.06 Easington 15.38 ~ 15.42 15.58 ~ 16.00
98.73 Dawdon 15/47 16/07
99.68 Seaham Colliery Loading Pad 15.57 ~ 16.07 16.13 ~ 16.16
100.63 Dawdon 16.17 ~ 16.21 16.24 ~ 16.30
106.31 Sunderland 16/31 16.38 ~ 16.39
114.67 Pelaw Jn 16/41 16/53
118.39 Park Lane Jn ??/?? 16/56
119.04 High Level Bridge Jn 16/46 16/58
119.44 Newcastle 16.50a 17.00


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