I know rail and trains are very important to many people on this site, I have met two men recently who breathed railways.
I may have added the derbysulzer link before but I had not noticed that a Consett Works diesel locomotive was towed by a class 37 to end its days (in a sense) at the Monkwearmouth Museum; I have added a link to their site.
Here is wonderfully detailed piece giving more information: see the link below for more.
The Consett Ironworks yellow liveried diesel locomotives survived until the closure of the works, with most being scrapped locally. One of the shunters reached preservation; it was towed by a Class 37 from Consett to the Monkwearmouth museum at Sunderland. It was supposed to not exceed 10 mph on its journey due to its low bufferbeam, despite the precautions the next day the S&T department had to put the locking box covers back on & repair some pulleys. The locomotive was later moved to Middle Engine Lane near Backworth along with the Kitson steam engine it replaced.
In searching the world of industrial complexes there have been larger steelworks than those at Consett and larger port facilities than those at Tyne Dock. Similarly in the world of railways there are longer, more spectacular, more heavily graded lines worked by heavier freight trains than the Tyne Dock – Consett route, with many featuring more impressive railway structures and facilities en-route. Likewise the locomotives and wagons that worked the iron ore trains to Consett were impressive but were not world record breakers. But it would be difficult to find a route as compact, all-encompassing and as breathtaking as the Tyne Dock – Consett line, which contained all of the elements previously mentioned and much more besides. http://www.derbysulzers.com/24102.html
And here is a book available on Amazon that may appeal
Consett to South Shields via Beamish
It is part of a Railway Routes Series
And here is a great photograph from the Beamish site of Consett Iron Works railway sidings with the works in the background, c1922. Showing East and West melting Shops, prior to their modernisation in 1924-5 when the OHSP was built.