NZ2463 : Rooftop car park, Self Storage Warehouse, Forth Street

near to Dunston, Gateshead, Great Britain

Rooftop car park, Self Storage Warehouse, Forth Street
Rooftop car park, Self Storage Warehouse, Forth Street
An East Coast mainline passenger train is entering Central Station (left) on the overhead electrified embankment after crossing King Edward VII Bridge. The red brick building behind it on the right is Kings House on Forth Banks, its clock facing the oncoming trains. The green arch of the Tyne Bridge is behind that on the right. Directly below the rooftop car park more cars are parked on an unused line of the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway on its now unused approach to Central Station. Only a single orphan line of track is maintained on this route extending along Railway Street north of the Arena - rarely used now as sidings or to provide rail access to works in the old Forth Banks Goods Yard.
Forth Banks Goods Station
Construction started on Forth Banks Goods Station in 1866. It was designed by architect, Thomas Prosser, and was commissioned by the North Eastern Railway (NER). The Goods Station opened on the 3rd March 1871. There are photos of the interior here LinkExternal link LinkExternal link

In 1904, a new goods station was built for the NER, facing on to Forth Banks, on the end of Prosser's existing station. The probable architect was William Bell. It was extended eastwards by the building of a small, three storey, ferro-concrete shed in 1905. It was designed by William Bell and built by L G Mouchel's Hennebique Company. There is a 1989 photo here: LinkExternal link
It is a Grade II Listed Building LinkExternal link

Prosser's goods shed was cut in two by the building of the approach viaduct to the King Edward Bridge in 1904 but was one of the largest goods stations in the world. There is an aerial photo of the location from 1929 here LinkExternal link

All that now survives of Prosser's goods shed is the undercroft, the south face of which is a sandstone wall pierced by arch headed openings which runs alongside Pottery Lane. The rest was demolished in 1972.

Some literature maintains that the Newcastle-Carlisle Railway once had a passenger station on this site, or even that the Forth Banks Goods Warehouse itself was once a railway station. There appears to be little evidence for this, and the confusion may have arisen from the its (second) temporary terminus (1847-1851) just west of Central Station being called Forth NZ2463 : Former site of Newcastle Forth Railway Station

Alan Young provides a plausible and likely scenario here LinkExternal link

The first terminus of the railway after the first Scotswood Railway Bridge was built (1839), taking it from Blaydon to the north of the Tyne, is usually referred to as 'Shot Tower’ or ‘Railway Street’, located just north of the current Arena car park. It was used from 1839 to 1847 LinkExternal link

The railway eventually terminated at Central Station shortly after it was completed in 1851.

SINE: LinkExternal link
English Heritage Pastscape: LinkExternal link
English Heritage Archives: LinkExternal link
Tyne & Wear Sitelines: LinkExternal link
A Brief History of the North Eastern Railway: LinkExternal link LinkExternal link
Disused Stations - Newcastle LinkExternal link

Newcastle City Council - Character Statement LinkExternal link

Planning permission has recently (2011) been granted for the incorporation of the buildings on Forth Banks (Bell's Goods Warehouse and Kings House), along with part of the site of the Goods Station at the rear, into a £37 million new Police Station for Northumbria Police.
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Much of this is detailed in the following blog LinkExternal link
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