Northallerton - Teeside

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Are there any major reasons for the relatively low speed down this route?

There are a number of AHB crossings but that shouldn't reduce the limit to between 50 + 70.
No major curves.

Had a trundle down this route to Hartlepool and back today.
 
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I know the bits you mean, and there isn't anything obvious that I can think of. Quite frustrating really as GC could be a lot faster on the Northallerton - Sunderland section if the line speed was increased.
 

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A number of years back, mid 90s or so, there was a derailment that dragged across the viaduct at Yarm.
But the 1990 Sect Appendix still gives the same speeds as now. So that would not appear to be the case.
Jointed track would impose a limit of 90.
Personally I think that its down to being considered a freight only route for many years before Transpennine started running from Middlesborough.
 
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