North East Coastliners

"A Voice for Durham Coast Rail Users"

The new winter timetable starts this Sunday 15th December. There appears to be little change to Northern services along the Durham coast. TPE however introduce a completely new timetable with trains extended from Middlesbrough to Redcar Central. There are generally good connections at Thornaby for trains from Manchester into northbound coastline services but a wait of around 35 minutes going in the opposite direction.


Grand Central trains similarly show only changes by the odd minute with the exception of the first weekday departure from KX which now departs 21 minutes later Monday to Friday but 18 minutes earlier on Saturdays. No sign of the additional services yet.


However be aware of major changes to the Grand Central timetable most weekends during January and February because of East Coast mainline engineering work. In particular there are no GC trains at all over the weekends of 25-26 January or 29 February-1 March due to further blockades of Kings Cross station for track and signal remodelling.


Timetables can be accessed as follows


Northern No 2 (Durham Coast)

Grand Central (All services)

GC January Engineering alterations

TPE (Liverpool/Manchester to North East/Edinburgh



The final Open Meeting of 2019 will take place on

Thursday 5 December 2019 at 7.15pm,

in the Reading Room of The Athenaeum Club,

Church Street, Hartlepool.


Our Guest Speaker will be

Mr Sean English, Chief Operating Officer,

Grand Central Railway Company Ltd.

Sean has visited us on several occasions over the years and we know from experience that he will provide us with an in-depth update on matters Grand Central combined with a number of pertinent observations about the overall railway scene.  Please come along and enjoy an interesting presentation which will, no doubt, embrace ample opportunity for comments and questions.  Also – you never know – as Christmas approaches, there may be some mince pies to add a seasonal tone to proceedings.

Grand Central has finally received permission to operate an additional service from Sunderland to Kings Cross and return every day of the week. This is expected to start in the New Year when refurbishment of the current Adalante train fleet is completed.

Monday to Saturday the new service will leave Sunderland around 10.00 and return from London at around 14.30. This should give a train north from York at about 16.30 – very handy for a day out in the minster city.

On Sundays the extra train will leave Sunderland around 10.30 and Kings Cross about 15.30.