© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
In July 1978, I took a holiday in the north east of England,
starting at York, then spending a few days in
Northumberland. Although it was not a railway trip as such, I
took the opportunity for a few "photo stops"....
The selection starts at Pilmoor, between York and Thirsk, a spot
which was my favourite train-watching haunt when I lived within
cycling distance. The HSTs had very recently been introduced to
the east coast route, and the first train through was none other
than 254 001, first of the batch. Soon after, a southbound train
passed through, in the hands of a slightly faded 55 015 "Tulyar",
soon to be displaced. Pilmoor was an interesting spot - the
former junction for the Boroughbridge line lay just to the north
of my overbridge, while to the south, just beyond the box, an
overbridge was built to connect the Boroughbridge line with the
Malton line, which branched off at the triangular Sun Beck
Junction. The bridge was never used. Older readers will
remember the sighting signals - a set of four signals on the
trackbed of the ill-fated link.
We drove north to spend the best part of a week at Bamburgh,
the village less well known than the castle which is a major
landmark on the Northumbrian coast, looking out to the Farne
Islands, and north to Lindisfarne. The six photographs which
follow were taken in the evenings, when the sun was dipping
rapidly. The first three were taken near Lucker, once the well-
known site of a set of water troughs. A couple of evenings later I
spent an hour or so just a little further north near Belford, and
lastly, there are a few shots taken near the Scottish Border, in
the course of a trip to St Abbs and Eyemouth.
The line is, of course, now electrified throughout. The Peaks,
Deltics and class 40s have long since departed - even the HSTs
play second string to the class 91-powered push-pull sets.