Tees Valley Line

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For the old railway line between Barnard Castle and Middleton-in-Teesdale, see Tees Valley Railway.
Tees Valley Line
Overview
System National Rail
Locale County Durham
North Yorkshire
North East England
Operation
Owner National Rail
Technical
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Tees Valley Line
Year
closed
Weardale Railway
Durham to Bishop
Auckland Line
1968
Bishop Auckland
South Durham and
Lancashire Union Railway
1962
Clarence Railway to Ferryhill 1963
Brusselton Lane
& Freight lines
pre-
1955
Shildon
Newton Aycliffe
Heighington
A1(M) motorway
Darlington & Tebay Branch
to Barnard Castle
1964
North Road
East Coast Main Line
to Newcastle
to Eaglescliffe
Darlington
East Coast Main Line to York
Dinsdale
Teesside Airport Durham Tees Valley Airport
Allens West
Northallerton to Eaglescliffe Line
to Northallerton
Eaglescliffe
Durham Coast Line to Hartlepool
River Tees
Thornaby
Tees Marshalling Yard
Newport 1915
Middlesbrough
Esk Valley Line to Whitby
Cargo Fleet 1990
Cleveland Railway
(later Normanby Branch)
1966
Eston Branch Railway closed
South Bank
Freight lines to
Lackenby, Teesport and Wilton
Grangetown 1991
Tata Steel Europe
Redcar Works
British Steel Redcar
Redcar Central
Redcar East
Longbeck
Marske
Saltburn West Junction
Freight line to Boulby Mine
Saltburn

The Tees Valley Line is a name for the railway route between Bishop Auckland and Saltburn via Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar. Also operated on the line are services from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Middlesbrough, Redcar and Saltburn via Darlington (using the ECML between Newcastle and Darlington). The Line between Darlington and Bishop Auckland has been re-branded The Bishop Line and is supported by the Bishop Line Community Rail Partnership.

Beyond Bishop Auckland, the railway line continues as the newly re-opened Heritage Weardale Railway. A regular freight service operates on weekdays moving coal from Wolsingham to power stations further south.

Service[edit]

All trains along the route are currently operated by Northern Rail, with the exception of First TransPennine Express services starting at Middlesbrough and calling at Thornaby. The majority of the Northern Rail services are worked by Class 142 Pacer units, with occasional services provided by Class 156 SuperSprinter units.

Between Darlington and Middlesbrough/Saltburn there is a service running almost every half-hour during the daytime, becoming roughly hourly in the evenings. The service to Bishop Auckland is more sparse, running hourly at peak times and two hourly off peak. A once weekly service in each direction stops at Tees-side Airport station to service Durham Tees Valley Airport.

The towns and villages served by the line are listed below.

History[edit]

The section of line between Bishop Auckland and the East Coast Main Line, as well as the section between Dinsdale Station near Middleton St George and Eaglescliffe station, follow the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

The line from Middlesbrough to Saltburn, as well as the freight line to Boulby mine, were part of the Whitby Redcar and Middlesbrough Union Railway (WRMU). This extended to Whitby, until it was closed on 5 May 1958.

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