Northeast England during the steam era. Here is a trailing view in pregrouping days just before World War I at South Pelaw Junction on the Consett branch. A North Eastern Railway T2 Class 0-8-0 is at the foot of Pelton bank on the 1896 deviation. A NER P Class 0-6-0 stands behind in the loops at Stella Gill with a train of coal bound for the coal staithes at Tyne Dock.
The gradients on the deviation via Beamish were as high as 1 in 37, meaning that loaded mineral trains either split in half at South Pelaw or took a banking locomotive as far as South Medomsley. The coal train is made up of NER wooden bodied coal hoppers of 10.5, 11, 12, 15 and 20 ton capacities. The brake van is a NER 10 Ton Diagram V1/3 "York Van" with its original lookout and has added side duckets.