Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)

Introduction

This line was closed. A section has been re-opened by the South Tynedale Railway between Alston and Kirkhaugh. Today the nearest main line station is at Haltwhistle. Land was taken for possible doubling and many structures built for two lines, but only a single line was laid.






Dates

26/08/1846Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Branch to Alston authorised.
17/11/1852Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston branch opened.
  /  /1959Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
DMUs start to run on the branch, Alston Shed closes.
  /  /1965Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Freight is withdrawn and Beeching Report recommends closure of the line. The line is reprieved as there is no all weather road to Alston.
  /  /1967Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston station's overall roof is removed.
03/05/1976Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston branch closed.
  /  /1980Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Decision taken to open a narrow-gauge line northwards from Alston.
  /  /1983Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Line re-opens as the South Tynedale Railway.
  /  /1996Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Lambley Viaduct re-opened after restoration as a footpath.
  /  /1999Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
South Tynedale Railway extended to Kirkhaugh from Gilderdale.

Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

This is a two platform station in West End, to the west of the village of Haltwhistle's centre. The station is in excellent condition. There is a stone built building on the eastbound platform, timber on the westbound, elevated and disused signal box is at the east end of the westbound platform alongside the footbridge. A very large water tank survives in the former goods yard to the north west of ...

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Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
The 22.00 to Newcastle-upon-Tyne pauses at Haltwhistle on 2nd August. The light in the signal box is deceptive - it is no longer in use. ...
Ken Strachan 02/08/2017
68001 & 68026 with a nuclear fuel wagon bound for Sellafield, ex Hartlepool Power Station. ...
Peter Todd 24/07/2017
A steam era water column on the west bound line at Haltwhistle. ...
Peter Todd 24/07/2017
Looking east through the station footbridge at Haltwhistle towards the staggered Newcastle bound platform on 21 September 2003 where a train is about ...
John Furnevel 21/09/2003
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Busy doing nothing. Scene at Featherstone Park, Northumberland, on the former Alston branch on a sunny afternoon in 2010. View is north east over the ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2010
A sunny afternoon at Featherstone Park in November 2010. View is south towards Alston. The station closed along with the branch in 1976 and this ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2010
View north east over the site of the level crossing at Featherstone Park on the Alston branch on 1 November 2010. The branch was closed completely in ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2010
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Looking North towards Haltwhistle from the car park for visitors to Lambley viaduct. The car park is built on and adjacent to the branch trackbed. ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
The much modified and extended former station master's house at Coanwood on the Alston branch in May 2014. The remains of the old station, now part of ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
Platform remains at Coanwood in September 2003 looking south towards Lambley Viaduct. Opened in 1851 as Shaft Hill, the station closed along with the ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2003
Middle of nowhere - surviving buffer stops in the woods near Coanwood on the Alston branch in September 2003, thought to have been associated with the ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2003
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Viewed over the gardens of the cottages near Lambley station, the viaduct looks more like a garden railway structure than its larger-than-life true ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
Could almost be a work of nature - part of Lambley viaduct - seen from the west side, near Lambley station and junction see image 5724 ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
Looking East across Lambley viaduct on 22 May 2014. Not a recommended location for sufferers from vertigo. ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
Looking up at Lambley viaduct on the former Alston branch in September 2003. Seen from the pedestrian footbridge over the South Tyne. ...
John Furnevel 22/09/2003
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Laid out like a scenic path, at least as much as a railway - looking towards Alston on 22 May 2014 from a point just South of Lambley station. ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
Lambley from the south. The waggonway continued north and then west and the railway crossed the viaduct. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Lambley station on the Alston branch in March 1976, displaying both a corporate image BR running-in board at the far end and a North Eastern Region ...
Bill Jamieson 27/03/1976
Lambley station and viaduct viewed from the south west in March 1976. Looking at the sylvan surroundings, it is difficult to imagine that there was ...
Bill Jamieson 27/03/1976
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The surviving station building at Slaggyford in August 2012, more than 35 years after closure by BR. An extension of the current narrow gauge line ...
Brian Smith 15/08/2012
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'BARBER' an 0-6-0ST running round its train at Lintley Halt, the northern station on the the South Tynedale Railway. The Railway is soon to extend ...
Peter Todd 17/07/2017
'BARBER' an 0-6-0ST at Lintley Halt, the northern station on the the South Tynedale Railway. The Railway is soon to open up its extension to ...
Peter Todd 17/07/2017
Scene at Lintley Halt, the current terminus of the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway, on 18 May 2014. The diesel locomotive is Naworth ...
Peter Todd 18/05/2014
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Looking South towards Kirkhaugh on the South Tynedale Railway, through the cab of the diesel locomotive on 22 May 2014 see image 22542. ...
Ken Strachan 22/05/2014
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Bagnall 0-4-0ST Woto (2133 of 1924) at Gilderdale on the South Tynedale Railway in July 1993. Gilderdale was the northern terminus until 1996 ...
John McIntyre 25/07/1993
Thomas Edmondson waits patiently at Gilderdale, then the northern passenger operating limit of the South Tynedale Railway between Alston and ...
John McIntyre 25/07/1993
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This was the terminus of the Alston Branch of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.
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During the 40th Anniversary (of closure) weekend 0-6-2ST Barber, formerly of Harrogate Gas Works, runs round its South Tynedale Railway train ...
Mark Bartlett 02/05/2016
South Tynedale Railway 0-4-0DM No.9 stands in Alston station with a single coach on 2nd May, 2016, during the events that marked the 40th anniversary ...
Mark Bartlett 02/05/2016
The former goods shed at Alston in May 2006. Now The Hub museum. [Ref query 1514] ...
John Furnevel 11/05/2006
The 1852 station building at Alston, seen here in May 2006 looking north from Station Road. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006
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