Originally posted 2017-01-04 13:31:31. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Today it’s a busy Metro station – back then, steam trains were still thundering by.
We’re looking at Pelaw in Gateshead 50 years ago – at a time when the long, golden era of steam was coming to an end.
You have to be of a certain age to remember steam. For many of us, the majestic old engines are something we’ve only seen on TV or read about in books.
But up until the 1960s, steam was the main day-to-day mode of transportation for people – and goods.
Britain – and the North East in particular – was a tangled network of railway lines in an age when coal and heavy industry were still going strong. Today, the bulk of that industry has vanished.
Passenger rail travel was also transformed during the 1960s, and beyond.
The infamous Beeching report was published in March, 1963.
Its implementation, over the next 10 years, saw about a third of the country’s 7,000 railway stations closed, 5,000 miles of track ripped up, and around 70,000 jobs lost.
In the midst of this, steam engines were phased out by August 1968, and replaced largely by diesel.
Our superb images come from the camera of Whitley Bay-based photographer, Trevor Ermel.