Writer inspired by late father to pen book on the story of Metro [Tyne and Wear Metro]

Date: 09/06/2021

A local author has written a new book celebrating 40 years of the Tyne and Wear Metro, after being inspired by his late father who worked as an engineer on the project.
Colin Alexander, a published writer from North Tyneside, was motivated by the memory of his dad, Jack Alexander, a rolling stock engineer that played a key role in getting the Metro trains into service in August 1980.
Colin spent 15 months writing and researching the book, which delves into the history of Metro over its 40 years of operations. He draws on the testimony of many former staff who there when the network first opened.
Titled The Tyne and Wear Metro, it chronicles the development of the system from concept through to construction, opening, extension, and where it stands today, with a look ahead where it will be in the years to come.

External links

Writer inspired by late father to pen book on story of Metro | nexus.org.uk

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Amazon - The Tyne & Wear Metro

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A Cravens DMU waits under the overall roof at South Shields on 7 May 1981 with a return service to Newcastle Central. The old station closed 24 days later.
Location: South Shields [NER]
Company: Stanhope and Tyne Railroad
07/05/1981 Colin Alexander
The 1890 NER station at North Shields on 6 August 1980, just 5 days before the station was closed for refurbishment and electrification in connection with the Metro project. The new North Shields was reopened as part of the Tyne & Wear PTE Metro system on 14 November 1982. See image [[2271]]
Location: North Shields
Company: Newcastle and North Shields Railway
06/08/1980 Colin Alexander

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