Was wandering through the Newcastle City Libraries Archive Collection and happened upon this circa 1975/80 aerial photograph of the Test Track at Middle Engine Lane in Wallsend and wondered if it had been on the site before. Wonderful piece of history and one that shows what little was in that area post the Silverlink etc developments - photograph courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/newcastlelibraries/4089617839/sizes/o/in/photostream/
My visit to the Metro Test Track - July 1976
At the Tyneside Summer Exhibition in July 1976, there was (in the Tyne & Wear PTE Tent) a "mock-up" of a Metro Train carriage (just the front part of) that you could look at, climb onto, and actually get in and sit down in, etc.
Remember, 1976 was a full FOUR years before the Metro opened, in August 1980.
Seeing that mock-up train at the TSE really fascinated me, I was really interested by the Metro throughout the ten or so years prior to its opening in 1980 (as I still am now) and followed every little detail of its development.
I didn't get any photos at the TSE (unfortunately) but there were some published in a PTE booklet, below.
The 'mock-up' had been at TSEs for the previous year or two, so the 'livery' is slightly different from what eventually happened, and from what I was to see later that day at the Test Track . . .
When I got on that mock-up train, I also obtained a couple of tickets to visit the Test Track, which we left the TSE to do, immediately!
Here are two photos from that July 1976 day at the Test track, one of them showing "Mrs NH" with all the stuff we had bought at the TSE that day!!
At the Test Track, we (needless to say!) had an amazing trip up and down the track, through the test tunnel, etc, on Metro 4001.
We also got the below leaflet . . .
THIS page is not from that leaflet, it is about the 'Test Track', but is from an early edition of the MEET YOUR METRO booklet, that was produced from time to time in the 1970s . .