NZ2463 : Former site of Newcastle Forth Railway Station

taken 9 years ago, near to Gateshead, Great Britain

Former site of Newcastle Forth Railway Station
Former site of Newcastle Forth Railway Station
Situated just west of Central Station, off Neville Street, this was for a time the line and former platforms of the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway, a terminus for its Scotswood route on the north side of the Tyne. The old line running on a viaduct is now used for car parking NZ2463 : Cross Country train approaches Newcastle Central
It was the second temporary station (and possibly the third) on the line used for passengers between 1847 and 1851 LinkExternal link

In 1851, the N&CR entered Central Station proper, sharing facilities with the North East Railway with which it would eventually fully merge in 1862.

Known as the Motorail Terminal, it is a Grade II Listed Building (List entry Number: 1326654) LinkExternal link

The former Goods Office of the NER is on the right, built in 1870 NZ2463 : Cross Country train approaches Newcastle Central following the curve of the line NZ2463 : Departing south from Newcastle Central station
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 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: Archive LinkExternal link
English Heritage Pastscape: LinkExternal link Archive LinkExternal link
English Heritage Archives: LinkExternal link

Tyne and Wear HER(4321): Newcastle, Forth Banks, Goods Station (first)
Tyne and Wear HER(8917): Newcastle, Forth Banks, Goods Station Warehouse (second)
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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Thursday, 15 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Friday, 16 December, 2011
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Lowlands  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2448 6380 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:58.0936N 1:37.1494W
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