Railway bridge, Leamside

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    "The railway line through Leamside formed part of the original railway route from London to Edinburgh. Long distance trains were diverted onto current route through Durham, which is more direct, when that line opened in 1872. Local passenger trains continued to run on the line through Leamside until the 1963, although Leamside Station was closed in 1953. The line was also busy with freight. It was also a useful diversion route for express trains at times when the main line via Durham was closed for engineering work. The railway line fell into disuse and was "mothballed" by BR in 1991. It is still owned by Network Rail. But following the removal of rails at former level crossings and by theft near Penshaw in 2003, the line has been closed permanently. NR started removing all track in 2013. When the line was first built, there was a level crossing here. The bridge was built later, to enable the road to avoid the level crossing. The level crossing was then removed. (Further information on this railway and on Leamside station, including photographs before and after closure." Photo by Malc McDonald, 2011, and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Licence.
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    Geograph.org.uk
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    Geograph (Geograph)
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    What does this mean? Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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    Link: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2582619
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 7 years, 9 months ago
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