[Source: Alan Young]

Date opened: 1.2.1861

Near eastern edge of the village with the roadside entrance on the north side of Redesmouth Road. The entrance to the goods yard (and heritage centre) is on the Woodburn road.

Company on opening: North British Railway
Date closed to passengers: 15.10.1956
Date closed completely: 11.11.1963
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: The station house is well maintained as county council offices. Immediately northwest, a Bellingham Heritage Centre stands on part of the old trackbed. The remainder of the site is a car park with a council depot at the east end. The former goods shed stands on the platform and is in good condition. The 60 yard platform extension has been removed revealing the original ramp. The stone base of the signal box is now used as a store in the adjacent council depot.
County: Northumberland
OS Grid Ref: NY842833
Date of visit: December 1974, August 2001, August 2006 & 7th April 2009

Notes: The station was originally known as Bellingham, but on 21st September 1926 the LNER added the suffix North Tyne to avoid confusion with Bellingham on the Southern Railway.

Bellingham was planned to be the junction for the Wansbeck Railway. The platform on the down side was originally 100yd, later extended to 160yd. The smart station building on an embankment had three storeys at the roadside and two on the platform. In this L-plan structure, the southeast section possessed one large, gabled dormer on the platform and road elevations, with arched windows. Its northwest end gables facing the platform and road, and both elevations had paired arched windows on the top storey and a single arch on the storey below. A signal box and a wooden store completed the platform buildings.

The goods yard was opposite the platform and comprised two loops, the outer loop serving a goods dock which was also served end on by a short siding from the loop. The yard had a 3 ton crane.

The station closed to passengers on 15th October 1956 although there were further passenger excursions until the station closed to goods traffic on 11th November 1963. Latterly Bellingham only saw passenger trains on the Redesdale Show day, it had one train per year, or two if it was a fine day! ie if numbers were not high, only one of the sets ran through from Morpeth. After closure the station yard was used as a council depot and the Bellingham Heritage Centre was relocated to the yard in 2000. Today a council depot still occupies the east end of the yard but the bulk of the yard is now a car park.

Tickets from Michael Stewart


Other web site: Northumbrian Railways - includes photographs of all the stations before closure plus station track plans. Railscot - includes recent pictures of all the stations on the line.

The Bellingham Heritage Centre has a large photograph archive of the Border Counties line with numerous artifacts from the line on display.

Click here for a detailed history of Bellingham station

Click here for The North British Railway Lines in Northumberland  

To see other stations on the Border Counties line click on the station name: Hexham STILL OPEN, Wall, Humshaugh, Chollerton, Barrasford, Wark, Countess Park, Reedsmouth (2nd site), Reedsmouth (1st site), Charlton, Tarset, Thorneyburn, Falstone, Plashetts, Lewiefield Halt, Kielder Forest, Deadwater, Saughtree & Riccarton Junction

Bellingham station c.1925.
Copyright photo from John Alsop collection

Bellingham station c.1930's.

Bellingham Station looking north in September 1962 (Bellingham Show day). A 4 car excursion ex Blyth stands at the platform and in the far distance is an 8 car train ex Newbiggin.
Photo from Brian Johnson

Bellingham Station in August 1973, by this date the station was used as a council depot
hoto from the Alan Brown collection

A view of Bellingham station taken in August 2020.
hoto by Martin Young

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[Source: Alan Young]

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