Rail from Newcastle Central towards Utilita Arena

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Swanny200

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Thought I would post it here as on google maps, about half a mile of that still looks useable, but the majority of it onwards from there is disused. As you come out of Newcastle central Southbound, there is a spur to the right which on the maps goes on a viaduct towards the Utilita Arena, I know that there is a Network Rail depot there, so is it used as a turnback or for access to said NR depot or is it completely unused and what was it previously?
 
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Historically it was the main line to Carlisle, which crossed the Tyne at Scotswood. Can't say about current usage.
 

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It's known as Forth Banks Siding now, and it's used to stable stock.

Northern has three weekday paths in there at the moment, from what I can see, and HSTs, Voyagers and engineering stock can sometimes be seen down there, too.

The track does still extend some way beyond the end of the live line. It finally peters out somewhere behind Arnold Clark's SEAT dealership on Scotswood Road.
 

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After Scotswood Bridge closed, the line still conveyed coal trains to Stella North power station until that closed. There was also cement traffic to somewhere along Scotswood way.
 

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Thanks for clearing that up, from the maps there doesn't look like there are any buffers or stop boards so is there like an unofficial place to stop and assuming by the state of the track, nothing goes down to the NR sidings at Paradise House anymore?
 

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Thanks for clearing that up, from the maps there doesn't look like there are any buffers or stop boards so is there like an unofficial place to stop and assuming by the state of the track, nothing goes down to the NR sidings at Paradise House anymore?
Here’s the page from the SA, I imagine that stop board at 40 ch is the normal limit for stuff like Voyagers laying over.

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