NZ3146 : Railway bridge, Leamside

taken 7 years ago, near to West Rainton, County Durham, Great Britain

Railway bridge, Leamside
Railway bridge, Leamside
The railway line through Leamside formed part of the original railway route from London to Edinburgh. Long distance trains were diverted onto current route through Durham, which is more direct, when that line opened in 1872.

Local passenger trains continued to run on the line through Leamside until the 1963, although Leamside Station was closed in 1953. The line was also busy with freight. It was also a useful diversion route for express trains at times when the main line via Durham was closed for engineering work.

The railway line fell into disuse and was "mothballed" by BR in 1991. It is still owned by Network Rail. But following the removal of rails at former level crossings and by theft near Penshaw in 2003, the line has been closed permanently. NR started removing all track in 2013.
When the line was first built, there was a level crossing here. The bridge was built later, to enable the road to avoid the level crossing. The level crossing was then removed.
(Further information on this railway and on Leamside station, including photographs before and after closure, can be forund at LinkExternal link )
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NZ3146, 30 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 August, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 2 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Place (from Tags)
Leamside 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3138 4660 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:48.7969N 1:30.7949W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 3136 4658
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Railway (Disused)  Railway Tracks (Disused)  Disused Railway  Road Bridge Over Railway  Road Bridge 

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