Station Name: GATESHEAD WEST

[Source: Alan Young and Jonathan Clark]


Gateshead West Station Gallery 2
1848 - 1930s



Gateshead West station looking south-west from the footbridge in March 1972. A passenger who has alighted from the train at Gateshead East heads along the up platform of the closed West station, past the site of the wooden office building, to the ‘Way Out’ advertised by a BR(NE) sign, where there is a ramp down to Hudson Street. This curious arrangement of entering and leaving an open station via its closed neighbour was repeated nearby at Manors North and East a few years later. The wooden office building (although out of shot), is in situ, and possibly in use.
Photo by Alan Young


Gateshead West station looking north-east in May 1974. Only the platforms are part of the former station, the buildings to the right and left being part of the railway shed and workshops complex. On the extreme left the former hotel, constructed as part of the Greenesfield passenger terminus, and subsequently part of the railway workshops, can be seen.
Photo by Courtney Haydon


Gateshead West station c1975, looking north-east along the up platform of the closed station. Although no trains call here, this platform continues to provide a means of access from Hudson Street to Gateshead East station. Vandal-proof lighting has recently been installed, replacing smaller concrete standards of mid 1960s vintage.
Photo from John Mann collection

In August 1980 Class 40 40161 hauls a freight train of rail track panels past the down
platform of Gateshead West station
.
Photo by Alan Lewis from his Impernity gallery


Class 40 No.40046 towing 37093, 37161 & 03069 through the closed Gateshead West station in January 1982.The convoy ran from Gateshead MPD via The King Edward Bridge, Newcastle Central station and The High Level Bridge back to the MPD.
Photo by Dave Jolly from his Flickr photostream

Class 45 No.45121 is seen coming off High Level Bridge and passing though closed Gateshead West station in February 1987 with 1M76, the 14.19 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street.
Photo by Dave Jolly from his Flickr photostream


In July 1988 this view, looking south-west shows a DMU, possibly on its way to Hexham, passing the up platform of Gateshead West station. Although closed to passengers in 1965 the station’s two platforms remain intact in 2014.


Gateshead West station looking north in April 2003 across the lines that avoided both Gateshead stations. The soot-blackened structures on the left were part of the Gateshead railway engineering works, the more distant being the former railway hotel which was part of the passenger station facilities at Greenesfield, which closed in 1850.
Photo by Alan Young


A cab view of Gateshead West station looking north in 2009. The route through the disused and overgrown platforms has been singled, but it is now electrified to provide an alternative East Coast main line route between King Edward Bridge South Junction and Newcastle Central station. The refurbished buildings of the former railway workshops on the Greenesfield site are seen on the left.
Photo by Michael Kaye

Looking south-west along the former up platform of Gateshead West station in June 2011. The site of the former Greenesfield station and Gateshead railway works complex are to the right. Note the provision of electric overhead wiring for the remaining single track as part of the East Coast
main line electrification.
Photo by Nick Catford


Looking north-east along the former up platform of Gateshead East station in June 2011. The track is curving left towards the High Level Bridge.
Photo by Nick Catford


Gateshead West station looking north-east from the former up platform in June 2011
Photo by Nick Catford


A recent aerial view of the site of Gateshead East and West stations. The platforms of Gateshead West are extant on the curve at the top of the image, but there is little evidence that there was ever a Gateshead East station on the curve to the right. At the top of the photograph the regenerated former Greenesfield railway works site can be seen. The High Level Bridge is just out of sight to the
right of the picture,

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[Source: Alan Young and Jonathan Clark]



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