Saturday, May 14, 2016

Pride of the Tyne

This is the 07.09 from Glasgow arriving at Carlisle, having run down the Glasgow South Western line via Kilmarnock and Dumfries. It was my transport on to Newcastle that day, to spend time exploring pastures new whilst the car was having its first service in Carlisle.

It was my plan to explore the Metro system, and this I duly did, and enjoyed the experience!

My all zones day ticket took me to South Shields, and included the ferry crossing. A trip on 'Pride of the Tyne' was too good an experience to miss!

I rather liked the fact that the South Shields ferry landing has a name!

It was officially opened in July 1999. It was named Maisie’s Landing after Councillor Maisie Stewart, who at the time was Lord Mayor of South Shields. The name was chosen through a competition in the South Shields Gazette.

Tied alongside is the newer ferry 'Spirit of the Tyne', see here.

'Pride of the Tyne' approching the landing side on. The vessel was one of the last to be built at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend in 1993. She has been recently refurbished, see here.

After only a few minutes we were approaching North Shields. An uphill stroll to the Metro Station, and I had time to go the long way round to Newcastle Central Station to catch the train back to Carlisle. And home to Skip. A 'different' day out!

Photos © Skip Cottage

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