North Eastern Railway



Dates

  /  /1854[York and North Midland Railway]
Malton and Driffield Railway
[York Newcastle and Berwick Railway]
[Leeds and Thirsk Railway]
West Hartlepool Harbour and Railways
[North Eastern Railway]
Companies merge to form the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1856Aberdeen RailwayScottish Midland Junction RailwayScottish North Eastern Railway
The Aberdeen Railway merged with Scottish Midland Junction Railway to become Scottish North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1862Team Valley Railway ([North Eastern Railway])
Act for a line between Gateshead and Bishop Auckland Branch north of Durham.
17/07/1862[Newcastle and Carlisle Railway]
[North Eastern Railway]
Newcastle and Carlisle Railway merges with the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1863[Dundee and Arbroath Railway]
[Scottish North Eastern Railway]
Dundee and Arbroath Railway absorbed by Scottish North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1863[Stockton and Darlington Railway]
[North Eastern Railway]
Stockton and Darlington Railway absorbed by the [North Eastern Railway].
  /  /1864Perth Almond Valley and Methven RailwayScottish North Eastern Railway
Perth, Almond Valley and Methven Railway absorbed by the Scottish North Eastern Railway.
19/06/1865Relly Mill to Ferryhill ([North Eastern Railway])
Act for a line between Relly Mill Junction, south of Durham, to Tursdale Junction, north of Ferryhill, passed.
  /  /1866[Scottish North Eastern Railway]
[Caledonian Railway]
Scottish North Eastern Railway absorbed by Caledonian Railway.
  /  /1867[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Line opened from Scotswood (Scotswood Bridge Junction) to Consett Original (replaced by Benfieldside further north).
  /  /1868Team Valley Line ([North Eastern Railway])
Construction begins of line between Durham and Gateshead
  /  /1868Doncaster to York ([North Eastern Railway])
Construction begins of line to connect to the [Great Northern Railway].
01/12/1868Team Valley Railway ([North Eastern Railway])
Line opened.
  /  /1871Team Valley Line ([North Eastern Railway])
Line opened
  /  /1871Doncaster to York ([North Eastern Railway])
Line opened
  /  /1872[Hull and Selby Railway]
[North Eastern Railway]
Hull and Selby Railway absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1872[North Eastern Railway]
Bowesfield Junction, Stockton, to Wellfield line authorised.
15/01/1872Relly Mill to Ferryhill ([North Eastern Railway])
Line opened.
  /  /1874Blyth and Tyne Railway
[North Eastern Railway]
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway to stop the [North British Railway] from acquiring the line and developing an independent route into Newcastle with a station.
01/05/1877[North Eastern Railway]
Bowesfield Juncton to Carlton (later Redmarshall) South Junction to Carlton West opened. Later used by electrified Shildon to Newport services. Route never opened to regular passenger services.
  /10/1878[Hawes Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Opened for passengers to meet the [Hawes Branch MR] of the [Midland Railway] over which the [North Eastern Railway] had running powers to Garsdale. Built as a single track line.
  /  /1879Sunderland Station ([North Eastern Railway])
New line from Ryhope Grange Junction to new Sunderland central station and from Fawcett Street opened. Hendon and Fawcett Street stations closed. Line extended north to cross the River Wear to connect at Monkwearmouth. New station had two island platforms with arched overall roof destroyed in World War II.
  /  /1880[Carmyllie Railway]
[Scottish North Eastern Railway]
Carmyllie Railway absorbed by Scottish North Eastern Railway.
01/03/1880[North Eastern Railway]
Carlton South Junction to Wellfield, and east to north curve at Carlton opened.
  /  /1882[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Benfieldside renamed Consett.
  /  /1885[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Consett renamed Consett and Blackhill.
  /09/1887[Cornhill Branch] ([North Eastern Railway])
Cornhill Branch (Alnwick to Coldstream) opened September 1887 by North Eastern Railway, Alnwick station re-built.
31/07/1893[North Eastern Railway]
Act passed for Hart to Dalton-le-Dale (Seaham) line to improve coastal route. Also included are improvements to the Londonderry Railway.
  /  /1896[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Consett and Blackhill renamed Blackhill (on opening of Consett on the former [Stanhope and Tyne Railroad]).
  /  /1900Londonderry Railway
[North Eastern Railway]
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1900Cawood Wiston Railway
[North Eastern Railway]
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
  /  /1901[North Eastern Railway]
Carlton curve installed to Leeds Northern route between Eaglescliffe and Stockton. Plan to open route to Wellfield as secondary mainline.
  /  /1902[North Eastern Railway]
Carlton curve for Leeds Northern route between Eaglescliffe and Stockton lifted. Route only used briefly for express goods traffic due to pressure from Stockton and West Hartepool oth of which were bypassed.
  /  /1903[North Eastern Railway]
[North Blyth Branch] (Blyth and Tyne Railway)
The North Eastern Railway introduces 40 ton wagons to run between the Ashington colliery and North Blyth staithes served by the [North Blyth Branch].
01/04/1905[North Eastern Railway]
Seaham to Hart line opened.
  /  /1906[North Eastern Railway]
King Edward VII Bridge over the Tyne opened. This new bridge saved East Coast Main Line trains from having to reverse at Newcastle.
16/06/1912[London and North Eastern Railway]
Imperial Airways
Race between Imperial Airways biplane The City of Glasgow and the Flying Scotsman won by the airplane.
  /  /1915[North Eastern Railway]
Bowesfield Juncton to Carlton (later Redmarshall) South Junction to Carlton West electrified for Shildon to Newport services.
  /  /1922Hull and Barnsley Railway
[North Eastern Railway]
Line absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
  /09/1930[Cornhill Branch] ([North Eastern Railway])
Closed to passengers.
02/11/1931[North Eastern Railway]
Carlton to Wellfield closed to passengers.
  /  /1934Railway Air Services
[London Midland and Scottish Railway]
[London and North Eastern Railway]
[Great Western Railway]
[Southern Railway]
Imperial Airways
Railway Air Services formed by the LMS, LNER, GWR, SR and Imperial Airways. Airport opened at Renfrew
  /  /1942[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
High Westwood closed.
01/01/1948[British Railways]
[Forth Bridge Railway]
[London Midland and Scottish Railway]
[London and North Eastern Railway]
Britains railways are nationalised.
  /  /1953[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Shotley Bridge, Ebchester, Lintz Green, Swalwell closed to passengers.
  /  /1954[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Rowlands Gill closed
  /04/1954[Bedale Branch] ([York Newcastle and Berwick Railway])
[Bedale and Leyburn Railway]
[Hawes Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Closed to passengers.
  /  /1955[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Blackhill closed.
  /  /1963[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Blackhill to Blaydon South Junction closed.
  /  /1964[Hawes Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Redmire to Hawes closed.
15/06/1964[Kelso Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Kelso to Tweedsmouth closed to passengers. Alternative date 4/7/1955.
  /  /1965Sunderland Station ([North Eastern Railway])
Station re-built and reduced to one island platform.
29/03/1965[Kelso Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Kelso to Tweedsmouth closed to freight
  /  /1982[Lanchester Railway Extension] ([North Eastern Railway])
Consett (Old) to Blackhill closed to freight.
  /  /1992[Bedale Branch] ([York Newcastle and Berwick Railway])
[Bedale and Leyburn Railway]
[Hawes Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Northallerton to Redmire closed to Limestone traffic from Redmire. Line mothballed.
  /  /1996[Bedale Branch] ([York Newcastle and Berwick Railway])
[Bedale and Leyburn Railway]
[Hawes Branch NER] ([North Eastern Railway])
Line re-opened to Redmire for military traffic to Catterick Camp.
17/10/2000Great North Eastern Railway
GNER London to Leeds train de-rails and crashes at Hatfield, killing 4 people, when the railway track breaks due to gauge corner cracking. The fault in the track was known, but had not been corrected.
28/02/2001Great North Eastern Railway
GNER York to London train crashes into a Landrover and trailer carrying a car (which had fallen from the M62), then de-rails and hits a Freightliner train at Great Heck near Selby