Northumbria, a railway miscellany. The geographical area of Northumbria is not really defined; the medieval kingdom stretched from the Forth to the Humber and even reached Morecambe Bay. In more recent times, “Northumbria” has been used by institutions (for example Northumbria Police) to mean the county of Northumberland plus the industrial conurbation of Tyne & Wear. This gives me the flexibility to do what I want but it is generally the latter definition that’s closest to what I mean by Northumbria, i.e. Northumberland and Durham, including the Newcastle/Sunderland conurbation. Sadly, these pictures show the mere skeleton of what was once one of the busiest and complex railway areas in the world, a taste of which can be seen on many internet sites, a couple of which can be found on my links page.