Tornado by the Trent

by pgweber

New build steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' is shown about to traverse the Newark Flat Crossing.

Two rail lines crossing each other like this are rare and in the case of Newark, would require some significant civil engineering to eliminate (a bridge & embankments).

'Tornado' was captured from the A46 bridge to the north of Newark Northgate railway station as it returned day-trippers to London Kings Cross from York on Saturday 12th April.

The River Trent is straddled by the bridge in the background.
Uploaded13/04/2014 - 10:30
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Posted 13/04/2014 - 13:22 Link
Great Image.I did not know of any crossing like this on the countries rail system.
Posted 13/04/2014 - 15:46 Link
I'd never heard of such a rail crossing. Well seen and captured.

Posted 13/04/2014 - 19:28 Link
Lovely shot of Tornado Peter. I toyed with the idea of going to York to get pictures of it there but my trip never came off.

Edited by davidtrout: 13/04/2014 - 19:29
Posted 13/04/2014 - 19:30 Link
Thanks 'cragrat', Stan and David for looking in.

I believe it is the only crossing of it's kind left on the main line network, with two double track routes (London-Doncaster & Lincoln-Nottingham) crossing each other. The first of these is a high speed route with trains passing at a maximum of 100 mph.

A flat crossing was built near Porthmadog a few years ago for the narrow gauge Welsh Highland railway to cross the Cambrian coast route (Shrewsbury to Pwllheli) but these are both single lines with much lower speeds.

A similar crossing existed at Retford, but was replaced in 1965 with an underpass for the slower Sheffield-Lincoln route. It is surprising that the Newark crossing has lasted this long but the proximity of the River Trent limits the room available for construction.

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Edited by pgweber: 13/04/2014 - 19:32

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