Tyne Yard Signal Box – Gateshead

Tyne Yard, on the outskirts of Newcastle was once one of the largest railway yards in the country. A decline in the railway freight system meant the yard was drastically downsized. This signal box controlled the yard and much of the nearby mainline. Electrification and re-signalling of the mainline in the 1980s finally meant that this huge signal box was no longer required.

The last 20 years of closure have had their effect. The roof on the control room at the top has disappear and everything is covered in naturey moss and plants.

  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
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  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
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  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
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  • Thumbnail of Tyneside Signal Box
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12 Responses to Tyne Yard Signal Box – Gateshead

  1. michael says:

    This is not Tyneside Signal Box but Tyne Yard. My dad worked here in the eighties. Very sad to see it in such a state.

  2. michael says:

    This was stuck on the panel to remind the signalmen that the new Tyneside IECC controlled train movements from that point onwards. The phased closure meant that Tyne Yard still controlled Durham station, image 12, bottom of the diagram till Tyneside assumed control.
    Image 1 & 2 are of the signal box
    Image 3 is the Hump shunt operators panel
    image 4 shows the hatch between the hump shunt and signal box
    image 5,6,7 & 8 are in the hump shunt
    image 9 clock
    image 10 Hump shunt panel
    image 11 reminder to signalmen stuck on panel
    image 12 shows Durham station and track to Ferryhill SB area control
    image 13 phone concentrator
    image 14 is too small to make out
    image 15 phone concentrator
    image 16 is the signal panel, left hand side controlled trains to Blaydon & up to KEB from Low Fell to KEB main line, the centre controlled the sec sorts, Birtley & Ouston Jn’s & far right Durham.
    image 17 stairs
    image 18 view of Yard

  3. steve says:

    Who was your Dad, Michael? I also worked Tyne box around 1986/87. It was a double manned box, but because I was relief, I ended up working with a number of Siglnalmen there.
    Steve

  4. michael says:

    Jack P*****d. Dont want to put his full name in but you should get it, think he was at Newcastle by then. I live four doors from Billy Mc**y but he may have retired by ’87.
    Michael

    • steve says:

      thanks Michael
      I do recall the chap and I think we did work together once or twice. I sort of followed him to Newcastle a year or so later.
      Seeing Tyne box like that is very sad – I shared those panels with some great blokes so it’s very personal seeing a bit of your life smashed up or covered in moss!
      Many thanks for taking the trouble to respond. Weren’t you at Pelaw many years ago?
      Steve

      • steve says:

        …. and I did a few shifts there with Bill too!

      • Michael says:

        Indeed I was. A callow youth but after thirty years on railway callow no more. Both Mcgoogle and I are still in the IECC with only the door marked ‘retirement’ as the way out!

      • steve says:

        How things go around – In my youth, I recall some of the more ‘senior’ signalmen having similar sentiments.

      • Steve Robinson says:

        Michael
        Get young John McGlaughlin to get in touch with me if he’s still there. I’d like to catch up with him.
        Steve

  5. John Mclaughlin says:

    Is that the Steve Robinson who still has my signal-box diagrams that I LOANED him a long time ago? 🙂

    • steve says:

      hello John
      long time since we last met. I think it must have been about thirty years ago! You taught me the ‘block’ when I was an innocent young messenger lad at Sunderland. How are you doing? The last time we met you lived off Chester Road (Lemington Street I think)? My Dad now lives in Hylton Lane and I get down to Sunderland three or four times a year to visit him and my sisters.
      Are you at Gateshead IECC? Please let me know how you’re getting on – you were a big influence on me when I started with BR back in79.
      Kind Regards
      Steve

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