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I found your description of the line a little easier to understand in conjunction with the network map.
It's forty years since I did Latin O level, so I'm a bit rusty, but it seems from your photo that Latin scholars get an 80% discount on the fine for trespassing on the railway at Segedunum.

There were a disappointing number of visitors the day we visited as well, at the start of our walk along Hadrian's Wall. George Stephenson's birthplace, which is much smaller, had many more visitors.
Perhaps the test for all ticket machines is to see if an outsider can use it, as opposed to a native whose familiar with the system.

The cluster effect probably applies to tourist attractions too, with London you can bounce around from site to site, if one seems a bit dull there is often literally another one round the corner.

Perhaps do what the Chinese did, just rebuild the wall, much better tourist attraction then!
The problem about the Hadrians Wall is that who the wall is against are far inferior to whoever the Chinese have had to encounter. (The last one to conquer China was at least as technically, ideologically and administratively capable as the Chinese themselves)
Just look at those beaches! Hard to believe you were "oop north"!!
I thought at first from the capital M on a yellow background that the railway was sponsored by Morrisons.
Interesting to see a few places we only spot from the Amsterdam ferry pulling into North Shields!
For anyone wondering why the Metro uses the slightly odd colour choices of Green and Yellow, there were originally a Blue line (St James to North Shields) and a Red line (Pelaw to Benton), but being as they didn't run all day and were subsets of the full Yellow line, they were relabelled as short-running Yellow trains.

Also until about 10 years ago the southern branches were the other way round (Green to Shields and Yellow to Hylton), but evidently the residents of Sunderland were more in need of a service to the airport, which is why you now get the odd situation of being able to travel direct from North to South Shields the very long way round.

Old maps here
In the late 1940's/early 1950's the family lived in that area. South Shields beach was a favourite for little me to be taken for a plodge.
Summer Sunday afternoons often saw us standing by the red lighthouse watching the good ship Venus* setting off in its regular sailing to Bergen.

*A vessel with some history it seems. Retrieved from the bottom of Hamburg harbour in 1945 as it was considered repairable.
@ Cornish Cockney - the North East is blessed with excellent beaches. Far too many people think it is all coal slag heaps and chemical plants when it isn't and never has been. For a really bracing walk try the NE Coast on windy Winter's day. I walk along the pier at the river mouth is an experience if it's a bit blowy. No cobwebs left after that. :-)

Nice to see that Tynemouth station seems to fully renovated now. For many years it was a parlous state with large areas unsafe. I never saw it in its true heyday when all the bay platforms were used.

It is funny how people who've never been "up North" have such a strange perception of the place. OK I'm biased as I'm from Newcastle but it's nice to see a broadly positive set of posts about the place.
The problem is that most of the North East countryside seems to be on the blowy end of the Weather. Only in the Valleys do the trees seem to stand straight all the uplands seem to have bautifully windsculpted trees and hedgerows.

The North Sea is also really cold and does not get anywhere near as warm as the South Coast.

Their are glorious beaches as far as the eye can see often with pretty little commuter towns and villages.

But is views to be enjoyed behind a window in a Cafe or car. Wrapped up in cagoole with a thermos. Woolens for the beach in August "just in case". In all the years I've visted family I've never suffered a heatwave. No muggy days always a frshness to the breeze even a dozen miles from the coast. Then my family is scatterd on the hillier suburbs of Gateshead.
Following the Metro link I was amused to discover that Students have a simpler Metro zone map than the rest of us. Someone will no doubt say it's just to give them cheaper travel to the extremities, but that would spoil it!

Also intriguing was marking Sunderland and Newcastle City Centres. Surely a stranger would still need to find out which was the one they actually needed rather than picking one at random? (and if Park Lane is in Sunderland City Centre why isn't Sunderland station named more specifically?)
Those five yellow towers at Swan Hunter aren't part of an oil rig, rather they're concrete gravity foundations, built in Newcastle and destined for the Blyth offshore wind farm - not far north of the city. They're quite an innovative design - you float them out, fill the base with something heavy, then they just sit on the seabed, no need to do any seabed piling...

dg writes: I should've listened more carefully when the bloke on the museum desk was telling me things. Updated, thanks.
Andrew, it is just called Sunderland because it is shared with National Rail, so renaming it would have made it sound silly to National passengers where there is still only one station. Also, Park Lane is on the edge of the centre anyway, Sunderland is the most central.

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