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'constable On The Freight Track'. Felling (Gateshead). - a Memory of Windy Nook.

During the bitter winter of 1965, when the railway age of steam was fast diminishing, I worked as a British Transport Commission Police Officer (seconded from the Newcastle Central Railway Station, 'railway Police' base), at the now long gone 'multi-million pound', Tyneside Central Railway Freight Depot. The depot was then situated alongside the Felling By-pass, adjacent to the old 'Park Lane', Railway Goods depot and in the vicinity of Chandlers estate? (high rise flats). The huge 'TCFD' warehouse was freezing cold and windy but a hive of activity with two 'goods conveyor belts' running through it. I clearly remember the hardworking railwaymen constantly unloading wagons and placing goods on the 'belts'; they were clad in all sorts of winter clothing in an effort to remain warm. Despite the cold most of us retained a great sense of humour and got on with our respective jobs. The 'TCFD' survived in various forms, until the late 1980's when it finally closed. Hard but happy '196Os' 'railway days' at Felling. Can any retired Railway Staff and/or British Transport Police Officers remember the 'orginal TCFD' in the 1960's to 1970's? My article entitled .......*Constable on the Freight Track* with some photographs (Relating to 196Os memories both hairy and humorous) namely the Tyneside Central Railway Freight Depot),, (Felling) GATESHEAD was successfully published in Issue 194 of the HERITAGE RAILWAY MAGAZINE (September 25th to October 22nd) 2014.


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 Comments & Feedback

Sun Apr 26th 2020, at 1:48 pm
wow I have contacted the niece of Matt DUDGEON. A professional, no non, sense firm but fair Newcastle upon Tyne Central *Railway Station Police Officer. Before Matts Railway Police Career, he served in the Coldstream Guards.
Sun Jun 23rd 2019, at 10:38 am
Anyone remember Railway Police Cadets, (A Michael Admundsen, and Derek SMITH) during 196Os, (Newcastle upon Tyne Central Railway Station) working at the BTC Police Central Divisional Office, situated down the *Cut* opposite the long gone Railway Canteen?. A superintendent APPLEBY in charge. (His Railway Police Driver Tommy MARTIN).
Sat Jan 21st 2017, at 6:01 pm
See also **Stories of a Railway Bobby (In 196Os)- (Newcastle upon Tyne and (Felling) Gateshead published (with historical Photographs) in Newcastle upon Tyne JOURNAL newspaper dated Monday 12th December, 2016.
Mon Feb 15th 2016, at 5:17 pm
2015 New Book Published. The History of the Railway Police.
Sun Nov 29th 2015, at 8:30 pm
Anyone any memories of the long gone Tyneside Central Railway Freight Depot, Felling, GATESHEAD.
Sun Nov 29th 2015, at 8:19 pm
Please also see on the internet the British Transport Police History Group.
Wed Oct 7th 2015, at 10:08 am
FELLING (GATESHEAD) local History GROUP. Please NOTE above.

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