Great North of England Railway

Introduction

This line is still open. This railway ran York to Darlington. The original intention was for the line to run from York to Newcastle. It became part of the North Eastern Railway.






Dates

  /  /1836Great North of England Railway
Authorised from York to Newcastle
04/07/1836Great North of England Railway
Act for line between Redhaugh Quay, Gateshead, and Croft, Darlington and on to York.
  /  /1841Great North of England Railway
Line opened from York to Darlington. The Darlington to Newcastle powers are transferred to the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway.
05/10/1841Great North of England Railway
Powers from Darlington to Gateshead relinquished to Robert Davies, James Richardson and John Hotham of York acting on behalf of the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway.
11/04/1843Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Darlington to Gateshead section of the Great North of England Railway formally handed over in Act of Parliament.
19/06/1844Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Line opened, with engines and rolling stock provided by the Great North of England Railway.
  /08/1844Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway
Notifies the Great North of England Railway that it will take over its own operation.
21/07/1845Leeds and Thirsk Railway
Company incorporated, line receives act; Leeds to Thirsk with two branches to the Leeds and Bradford Railway one at Bramley and one at Holbeck, one curve to the Great North of England Railway at Thirsk, and two short branches to Harrogate and Knaresborough.
  /  /1850Great North of England Railway Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
The Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway buys the Great North of England Railway and becomes the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

DB Cargo 66051 heads south at Holgate Jct whilst working the Wilton to Knowsley ^binliner^ service on 14 September 2017. ...
John McIntyre 14/09/2017
Pioneer Voyager 220001, on a Newcastle to Guildford Cross Country service, leaves York passing Holgate Junction. The large running in ...
Mark Bartlett 18/07/2015
A cattle wagon in the dock near Holgate Junction, seen from a passing train in 1974. This seems very late in the history of livestock by rail.
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Bill Roberton //1974
Nearing the end of a three hour journey that started at Blackpool North, a Northern service slows for York. 158757 is just about to pass under the ...
Mark Bartlett 18/07/2015
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Peak 45025 on the station avoiding line at York with a down freight in the summer of 1980. ...
John Furnevel 23/07/1980
Skelton Junction York, Leeds service passing. ...
Ewan Crawford //
An EE Type 4 coming off the York station avoiding line on the approach to Skelton Junction with a northbound ballast train in July 1980 . ...
John Furnevel 21/07/1980
View south from Skelton Junction as 47407 leaves York with a Newcastle train in 1980. ...
John Furnevel 23/07/1980
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Freightliner 66588 on the northbound slow line at Overton Lane overbridge near Beningbrough on 12 February with a rake of empty coal wagons. ...
David Pesterfield 12/02/2015
A smokebox door mocked up and purporting to be from Raven Q6 0-8-0 63412 adorns the wall of the entrance foyer of The Sidings Hotel and ...
David Pesterfield 29/06/2014
66711 on First GBRF Drax Power Station to Tyne Dock empty northbound working passes Shipton north of York at 10.35 on 25 Mar ^10 just after loaded ...
David Pesterfield 25/03/2010
66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox on southbound First GBRF loaded Tyne Dock to Drax Power Station working passes Shipton north of York at 10.33 just ...
David Pesterfield 25/03/2010
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A view across the work site for the bridge replacement on Warehill Lane, south east of Tollerton on 29 December. The large Ainscough crane used to ...
David Pesterfield 29/12/2015
A view looking east at the extremely shabby rail overbridge over the east coast main line on Station Road at Tollerton north of York. It is expected ...
David Pesterfield 07/02/2016
A large Ainscough scissor crane by Warehill Lane road overbridge work site between Tollerton and the A19 road. A new bridge has been installed, ...
David Pesterfield 29/12/2015
Station House at Tollerton, North Yorkshire, photographed in March 2010. View is east with Tollerton village behind the camera and with the road on ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2010
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The old goods yard and shed at Alne, one time terminus of the former Easingwold Railway, between York and Thirsk on the east coast main line. The yard ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2010
The former goods shed and yard at Alne, seen looking north east from the roadside on 25 March 2010. Alne station closed to passengers in 1958 and was ...
John Furnevel 25/03/2010
The extent of the rebuild of the former crossing keepers cottage at Alne in this updated view shows how the original structure (centre section) has ...
David Pesterfield 27/07/2013
View over the former Easingwold Branch level crossing on Station Road at Alne Station in November 2009. View is towards the ECML with the raised ...
David Pesterfield 22/11/2009
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One of the two former Scotrail liveried, dedicated Fife Circle locos, DRS 68007 runs down the ECML up slow line approaching the Raskelf station site ...
David Pesterfield 30/05/2021
A pair of LNER Hitachi Azuma 5-coach units, 801206 & 801203, head south on the up fast line approaching the former Raskelf station site, to rear of ...
David Pesterfield 19/04/2021
Colas operated 70801 heads north on the down slow line with a lengthy rake of empty bogie cement tanks, having just passed below Hagg Lane bridge, by ...
David Pesterfield 04/05/2021
A TransPennine Express Hitachi 5-coach Bi-Mode Class 802 unit runs north along the down fast line, on diesel power, just after passing the former ...
David Pesterfield 18/04/2021
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GBRf 66738 Huddersfield Town runs south on the ECML towards Raskelf Bridge on a Tyne Coal Terminal to Drax Power Station working on 15 May 2018. It is ...
David Pesterfield 15/05/2018
A chance view of two then Virgin East Coast workings crossing near Raskelf Bridge sited just south of Bishophouse Junction for the Malton & Pickering ...
David Pesterfield 28/05/2018
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Views at Sun Beck Gatehouse which was located on the down side east of Sun Beck level crossing some 250 metres east of Sun Beck Junction, on the line ...
David Pesterfield 28/05/2018
Views at Sun Beck Gatehouse, which was located on the down side east of Sun Beck level crossing some 250 metres east of Sunbeck Junction, on the line ...
David Pesterfield 28/05/2018
Pilmoor Junction station sat astride the original twin track, and later four track, East Coast Main Line and also had a platform on the branch line ...
David Pesterfield 02/05/2021
Just south of Pilmoor Station the local road between Sessay and Brafferton first crosses the main line on Jobbing Cross Bridge and then the route of ...
David Pesterfield 02/05/2021
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Grab shot over the car, looking north easterly, of an unidentified Hitachi built 5-coach Bi-Mode EMU running on electric power on the up fast line ...
David Pesterfield 24/03/2021
A pairing of a DRS Class 88 electro diesel and a Class 68 diesel head a diverted John Russell intermodal working north along the East Coast Main line ...
David Pesterfield 28/04/2021
View looking east to the narrow steeply ramped road bridge crossing the East Coast Main Line at the south end of the former Sessay Station site. ...
David Pesterfield 12/04/2019
Colas Rail operated, Turkish built, General Electric Class 70 70801 heads north towards Thirsk on 24 March 2021 with the empty bogie cement tanks on ...
David Pesterfield 24/03/2021
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Arriving at the platform is the slightly late 15.31 TPE ex York to Middlesbrough. Yes, it WAS blowy and raining! (Storm Brian strikes). ...
Bruce McCartney 21/10/2017
Colas Class 70 70814 is seen heading south with a loaded GBRf biomass working from Tyne Dock to Drax Power Station during a loan period for assessing ...
David Pesterfield 30/03/2018
GBRf (ex Eurospec) 66745 heading south at Thirsk just before 15.00 on 27 December 2018 with the 11.27 North Blyth to Drax Power Station loaded coal ...
David Pesterfield 27/12/2018
An East Coast Main Line HST approaches Thirsk station on the fast lines in February 1982. ...
Mark Bartlett 08/02/1982
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A CrossCountry Voyager passing Otterington on the down ECML approaching Northallerton on 3 October 2008. The station closed to passenger traffic in ...
John Furnevel 03/10/2008
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A slightly premature view of Colas Rail 70801 as it accelerates from Longlands Junction, after waiting for the two line section north to clear, with ...
David Pesterfield 16/10/2020
TPE 185128, heading south towards York, about to leave Northallerton Station on 2nd June 2019.
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Peter Todd 02/06/2019
The late running 15.50 ex Middlesbrough TransPennine Express service to Manchester Airport rushes past Low Gates signalbox on 14 January as it ...
David Pesterfield 14/01/2012
Grand Central Trains 11.23 Kings Cross - Sunderland HST service photographed on the approach to Low Gates level crossing on 9 July 2012, shortly after ...
John Furnevel 09/07/2012
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91108 propels an ECML service south at speed passing Castle Hills Junction. This image was taken from a train on the adjacent reversing line. The ...
Mark Bartlett 21/03/2015
The main line connection for the Wensleydale Railway is a reversing siding at Castle Hills Junction alongside the ECML just north of Northallerton ...
Mark Bartlett 21/03/2015
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Views taken close to the Tees Viaduct, located south of Croft-on-Tees, where the East Coast main line traverses the historic boundary between ...
David Pesterfield 19/11/2017
View taken close to the Tees Viaduct, located south of Croft-on-Tees, where the East Coast main line traverses the historic boundary between Yorkshire ...
David Pesterfield 19/11/2017
View taken close to the Tees Viaduct, located south of Croft-on-Tees, where the East Coast main line traverses the historic boundary between Yorkshire ...
David Pesterfield 19/11/2017
Looking north to the poorly maintained and narrow width ECML over-bridge across the A167 Northallerton Road, a short distance to the south of Croft on ...
David Pesterfield 19/11/2017
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