Tyne Yard

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Tyne Yard
Tyne Yard 12 March 2009 pic 5.jpg
Some of the Tyne Yard sidings viewed from Smithy Lane road bridge
Tyne Yard is located in Tyne and Wear
Tyne Yard
Tyne Yard
Tyne Yard shown within Tyne and Wear
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Coordinates 54°54′47″N 1°36′00″W / 54.913°N 1.600°W / 54.913; -1.600Coordinates: 54°54′47″N 1°36′00″W / 54.913°N 1.600°W / 54.913; -1.600
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Tyne Yard (TY) is a railway yard in Gateshead, England, on the East Coast Main Line, operated by DB Cargo UK The yard is the major freight yard of the region, with the majority of rail freight movements in Tyne and Wear from around the UK passing through the yard.

The yard is about 5 miles (8 km) south of Newcastle upon Tyne, between Team Valley and the village of Birtley. It is visible from trains passing on the adjacent East Coast Main Line, with the yard located on the western side of the line. As of 2015, it is a major hub for the Network Rail High Output renewals programme. At least one High Output train is based here at any time. As of Oct 2016, there is a High Output Ballast Cleaner (HOBC) and Track Replacement System (TRS) serviced and maintained in the down primaries.

The Yard has 9 staging sidings, 7 of which are under overhead lines, Engineering sidings, Carriage sidings, 3 departure roads, the primaries which house the Network Rail centre and virtual quarry / spoil heap. The old signal box was demolished in 2015, the radio mast some time before this.

The yard also acts as a servicing point for railtours visiting the region, and the Smithy Lane road bridge over the northern end of the Yard is a popular location for railway photography.

The Angel of the North is visible from the yard and main line on the high ground to the East.

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