A Met-Camm unit makes a smoky departure from Newcastle in the summer of 1968. David Faircloth.
A 4-car set heads away from the camera north out of Newcastle in 1972. Three vehicle are of Class 108, the car second from front is a Class 101 TBS, indicated by its aluminium window frames and different roof vents. Up until the mid-1970s, South Gosforth (GF) depot, Newcastle had a sizable allocation of Class 108 DMUs among others, as well as the more ubiquitous Class 101s. The Class 108s were transferred away around the mid-1970s, replaced by Class 105s cascaded from the suburban services out of London King's Cross, once those routes had been electrified. Graeme Phillips Collection.
51511 at Newcastle Peter Heppenstall.
DMS(L) E50645 is seen at Newcastle, in what was then platform 2, waiting to depart with a North Tyneside circular service to the coast and back. These services were withdrawn a few years later, to be replaced by the Tyneside Metro system. Platforms 1-3 were taken out of use and turned into a car park, so the first platform was 4, where a recently arrived Class 101 DMU is seen unloading in this view. Although Class 101 units tended to be the mainstay of north-east local services for over 30 years, Class 108s also worked in the area, mainly seen on North Tyneside services, up until the mid-1970s, being transferred away before refurbishment. They were replaced by an influx of Class 105s which had been displaced by EMUs from Great Northern services out of London King's Cross, following electrification of those suburban routes. Graeme Phillips Collection.
DMS(L) E50632 is most prominent, with its first class yellow stripe having been crudely painted over in rail blue. Newcastle, 06/10/1976 Graeme Phillips Collection.
On 13/10/1976, a 3-car class 101 is seen approaching South Gosforth station with 1135 Newcastle-Newcastle circular around the North Tyneside loop. This is travelling in an anti-clockwise direction, and is about to enter the final southbound section heading into Newcastle. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Three 2-car sets 'behind the wall' at Newcastle Central. Undated. Ian Francis.
Looking north through Manors station, Newcastle, a newly repainted 2-car unit calls, 19/04/1977 Graeme Phillips Collection.
A two car Class 101 unit comes off the High Level Bridge into Newcastle station, June 1977. This rather faded slide may be of more interest for the buildings visible, many of which have since been demolished. Graeme Phillips Collection.
A four-car hybrid formation (101 / 108 / 101 / 108) is seen at Newcastle heading towards Manors on a service to either North Tyneside or Morpeth / beyond, June 1977. Graeme Phillips Collection.
23/07/1977: Class 108 E50601 E56192 are seen heading out of Newcastle. Does anyone know the history of this unit operating in the north-east? Was it a demonstrator for the refurbishment programme? There are plenty of photos showing unrefurbished Class 108s in the area in blue livery up to around 1977, but this is the only example I've seen in Refurbished livery, as if they were transferred away at refurbishment. Unrefurbished Class 104s and 105s seemed to appear at around the same time as replacements - was the north-east treat like the poor relation and sent tatty units while Yorkshire got the refurbished ones? Graeme Phillips Collection.
A line-up of Class 101s in Newcastle station in 1979. There is a Class 104 behind the set on the right, and the set on the left is in refurbished livery. Rex Holt.
M54345 is at the head of this 101 formation at Newcastle Junction, just north-east of Stoke-on-Trent. Unknown date. Ian Francis.
DMBS E51441 leads a four-car Class 101 DMU formation round the back of Newcastle station on 14/04/1980. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Illustrating a mix of liveries at Newcastle on 7/6/80, nearest the camera is DMBS E50165, still unrefurbished and retaining overall BR blue livery, paired with DTS(L) E56061 in DMU refurbished livery of white with blue band. By this date, refurbished livery had been abandoned for further refurbishments, which were being out-shopped in blue + grey instead. The latter car would have previously been a DTC(L) but the first class compartment has evidently been declassified as there is no yellow band at cantrail level. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Sitting beside the station pilot 03067 at Newcastle Central is 56065, 24/11/80. Chris Lings.
DTS(L) E56470 car awaits departure from west end bay platform 11 of Newcastle with a local service for Hexham, 1/4/81. Graeme Phillips Collection.
Class 105 / 101 vehicle E51301 E56400 approach Newcastle from the ECML (north) on 18/04/1981. The rear Class 101 is distinguished from the front Class 105 by the grey band of its blue & grey livery - which was only carried by a handful of Class 105s - as well as the bright aluminium window frames and different roof vent layout. Graeme Phillips Collection.
The 10:00 Newcastle - South Shields awaits departure from Newcastle Central station on the 25th May 1981 with E56406 at the front. Hamish Stevenson.
Metro-Cammell Class 101 twin unit E56387 + E51229 at Newcastle on July 3rd 1981 in between arriving as the 17.48 from Middlesbrough and departing as the 19.35 to Sunderland. The trailer's blue paint work seems to have suffered in the carriage wash while its partner is in refurbished condition. Gerard Fletcher.