Arthur Vernon Loco entering the newly acquired Middlesbrough Goods Yard

Network Rail deal signals final piece of £12.5m expansion for Teesside-based AV Dawson

'Taking ownership of the Middlesbrough Goods Yard strategically underpins the investments we have made over recent years,' said Gary Dawson.

The proposed HS2 rail link

Mark Thompson: It's time that the UK made a better job of joining up its economic hubs

Mark Thompson, managing director of Newcastle-based Ryder Architecture, says a sea change in attitude is needed on transport plans

The track completion marking a significant milestone for Britain's newest train factory in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham

Hitachi Rail Europe's Newton Aycliffe train factory connected to national rail network

Completed factory will serve as a Hitachi Rail Europe facility for train manufacturing and assembly

From left, Janet Johnson, Cllr Mel Speding, Lee Bayliss from DB Schenker Rail UK, Mark Tarry from Network Rail, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Matthew Hunt

Port of Sunderland welcomes Transport Secretary to rail line trial

Network Rail has reconnected around half a mile of lines at Port of Sunderland, boosting its cargo handling potential

Inside the newly refurbished Newcastle Central Station

Mike Parker: At last Newcastle has a gateway of which it can be so proud

Former Nexus boss Mike Parker hails the work on Newcastle's Central Station, which has given new life to this historic masterpiece

Prime Minister David Cameron

David Cameron defends massive funding gap between London and North East

The Prime Minister said the Government was committed to building up the North East, but said London needed investment

Baroness Kramer visits Hexham Railway Station to announce formal designation of the Tyne Valley Line as a community rail service

Campaign mounting to have Tyne Valley railway line electrified

A campaign is mounting in Northumberland to have the Tyne Valley railway line electrified

The new Rail Academy in Gateshead, students from left Laim Barrass, Brandon Foster, Antony Walker, Andrew Bell

Full steam ahead at Newcastle College's Rail Academy for next generation of engineers

The state-of-the-art £5m training facility is the first of its kind in the North East and opened its doors to more than 70 students in September

Aerial view of Port of Sunderland exclusive

Port of Sunderland work starts on rail lines that have been unused for 20 years

Network Rail have helped the Port of Sunderland to bring nearly half a mile of line back into operation

Stephen Slater of RMT, Natalia Blagburn of Rivers, who have supported REALsafe, and Andrew Richardson and Zoe Farrington of REALsafe technologies

North East business stars on national stage

North East entrepreneurs Zoe Farrington and David Carr go head-to-head at a national event

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Will a £15bn transport plan benefit the North East?

We gauge reaction to the proposal by five North cities including Newcastle which they hope will revolutionise our transport system

Siemens started work on the new Thameslink parts on Thursday

Four big train related deals crucial to the North East's future

With the announcement of Siemens beginning to roll we look at four more train deals in the region

The Duke of Northumberland

£1.88m appeal launched to lay full Aln Valley Railway track

The Aln Valley Railway has launched an appeal to raise £1.88m to allow it to complete the line

A First Capital Connect Service at King's Cross Station, London

Newcastle transport firm Go-Ahead wins multi-million pound rail franchise

Newcastle-registered transport group Go-Ahead and French firm Keolis have secured a multi-million pound rail franchise

From left, Joe Smailes, Ian Bingham, Chris Carr, Dene Illingworth, Stephen Herridge, Neil Gill, Darryl White and Dave Cross at the presentation of the Railway Heritage Award

Heritage award for restoration work on Newcastle's Ouseburn bridge

Work by Network Rail and Carillion Rail on the Ouseburn bridge, in Newcastle, has won a National Railway Heritage Award

James Croasdale construction manager with Miller Construction at Central Station

Newcastle Central Station's new look is unveiled

The new-look Newcastle Central Station is beginning to take shape as work has now been completed on its historic entrance

An artist's impression of the HS2 high speed rail scheme

High speed rail boss slams lack of investment in North East rail

People in the South "would riot" if their rail services were as bad as those in the North, says HS2 chair Sir David Higgins

An artist's impression of the HS2 high speed rail scheme

Taskforce calls for HS2 minister

The Government should appoint a special HS2 minister, says a report from the growth taskforce for the £50bn high-speed rail project

A train on the East Coast Main Line

Newcastle College academy brings future of rail to the North East

The region’s first railway academy has been given the green light for land between Heworth and Pelaw

An East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

Rush to privatise East Coast means no new train for region

MPs accuse Department for Transport of blundering in franchise deals leading to failures on outdated and crowded Northern trains

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