Shildon – Newport in Retrospect


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The Forerunner of Main-Line Electrification

The opening of Locomotion – the NRM at Shildon has created a revival of interest in railways in the North East.

This updated edition of the popular book covering the area surrounding the museum is most opportune and welcome.  Ken Appleby”s first book is a timely review of the early history of east coast electrification schemes.

Yes, The North Eastern Railway was active in overhead electrification as early as 1913. The Shildon-Newport line was one of Britain”s most intensively worked freight routes. Mr Appleby has known the system for sixty years and he uses his detailed knowledge to bring alive this colourful story, from the early rivalry with the Stockton and Darlington, through to the current scene. Sections give full details of the electrification system selection, the power supply and locomotives, and plans for the York-Newcastle electrification scheme. Train working and signalling arrangements are particularly readable with much inside information gleaned during a lengthy and varied railway career. The signalling diagrams are notable and a section includes the construction and operating of Tees yard.

Laminated cover, 90 pages, 74 illustrations, 13 drawings. First Published 1990. Revised Edition 2008.