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Written by Brian Carter - 08 Feb 2005
last update by Karl Sherman - 16 Oct 2005
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Location notes
Situated on the Darlington - Middlesbrough - Saltburn line, east of central Middlesbrough on Teesside.
Railway type and traffic
Passenger: Northern Rail DMUs every half an hour.
Freight: includes steel traffic to and from Lackenby and Redcar steelworks; coal to and from Redcar mineral terminal; potash and rock salt between Middlesbrough Goods and Boulby; Freightliners to and from Wilton; limestone to and from Redcar and Lackenby; trips to Tees Dock.
Environment
An industrial area close to central Middlesbrough; the Riverside football ground (Middlesbrough) is quite close by.
Road directions
From the west (or north and south via the A19), take the A66 through central Middlesbrough. At the second roundabout take the second exit (it is the second on the left - the A66 continuing on is the third exit), and this road - the B1513 - goes over the railway and joins with the Dockside Road.

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Middlesborough, Cargo Fleet map co-ordinates
Parking
Some people park on the bridge itself, on the verge / pavement (which is just wide enough for a car), but the road actually has double yellow lines. An alternative is to park in the side road on the south side of the railway, near the roundabout.
Public transport
There are some local buses, but none cross the railway line. The local bus operators are Stagecoach (Cleveland Transit) and Arriva (Teesside).

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Amenities
Central Middlesbrough is close by. There is an Asda supermarket and some local shops to the east at South Bank - go back onto the A66 heading east, turn left at the next roundabout and then first right.
Accommodation
There should be plenty in Central Middlesbrough.
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Middlesborough, Cargo Fleet

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Middlesborough, Cargo Fleet general view map
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Middlesborough, Cargo Fleet



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Photographic notes
The line runs roughly east-west, and shots are possible both ways. The suns moves off the nose of eastbound trains and onto the nose of westbound trains just before midday. By about 5 or 6pm the sun has moved too far round. There are no real problems with shadows until the sun starts getting low.
It is possible to take videos, but there may be problems with traffic noise - while the road is not especially busy, there are lots of lorries.


General views - All photographs © Brian Carter unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

Taken in the middle of the afternoon, showing the Freightliner train from Wilton to Leeds.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

Taken at about midday, showing a train of pipes bound for Tees Dock. In the background is the closed Cargo Fleet station. The signal box is called Whitehouse.

Fig 3 - Looking east - Photo by Karl Sherman


Fig 3 - Looking east - <i>Photo by Karl Sherman</i>

This more recent version of fig 1 shows the scene with the building work finished.

Fig 4 - Looking west - Photo by Karl Sherman


Fig 4 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Karl Sherman</i>

A more head on westbound view

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