Newcastle and Berwick Railway

Introduction

This line is open. To the north it connected to the North British Railway and to the south to the Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway and Newcastle and Carlisle Railway. The company was bought by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway which itself merged with other companies to become the North Eastern Railway.



Dates

  /  /1847York and Newcastle Railway Newcastle and Berwick RailwayYork, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
The York and Newcastle Railway and the Newcastle and Berwick Railway merge to become the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway.
  /  /1847Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Opened from Heaton (Newcastle and North Shields Railway) to Tweedmouth.
  /  /1848Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Extended from Tweedmouth over the Royal Border Bridge to Berwick by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway.
06/03/1848York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Ainderby opened.
30/06/1848York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Proposed Team Valley Railway receives Act for line from Gateshead to Newton Hall to Leamside. Line was to have a branch from Newton Hall to Durham, Relly Mill and Bishop Auckland.
  /07/1848Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Opened as a double track railway. This railway was built with George Hudson's encouragement.
22/07/1848Hartlepool Dock and Railway Great North of England, Clarence and Hartlepool Junction Railway
Both companies leased by the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway at George Hudson's instruction.
  /  /1849York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
On George Hudson's downfall the Team Valley Railway Act is allowed to lapse.
  /  /1850Great North of England Railway Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
The Newcastle and Darlington Junction Railway buys the Great North of England Railway and becomes the York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway.
05/08/1850Alnwick Branch (York Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Line opened to freight.
19/08/1850Alnwick Branch (York Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Line opened to passengers.
  /  /1851Bishop Auckland Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Route altered to run from Leamside to Bishop Auckland via Durham and Relly Mill.
  /  /1854York and North Midland Railway Malton and Driffield Junction Railway York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway Leeds and Thirsk Railway West Hartlepool Harbour and Railways North Eastern Railway
Companies merge to form the North Eastern Railway.
01/04/1857Bishop Auckland Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Line opened.
  /  /1862Wansbeck Railway
Line opened from Morpeth [BT] (Blyth and Tyne Railroad) to Scot's Gap. The Blyth and Tyne Railroad's Morpeth station was used. This terminus was approached by first crossing over the Newcastle and Berwick Railway and then joining the Morpeth Branch at an east facing junction, trains then reversed into the terminus.
  /  /1871Wansbeck RailwayNewcastle and Berwick Railway
Curve (authorised in original Wansbeck Railway Act) put in to allow North British Railway trains to run into the main Morpeth station in either 1871 or 1872. The two companies built the curve towards each other, meeting in the middle. On opening the Wansbeck Railway trains stopped using the Blyth and Tyne Railway's Morpeth Branch terminus.
  /04/1954Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) Bedale and Leyburn Railway Hawes Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Closed to passengers.
26/04/1954York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway
Ainderby closed.
  /  /1963Alnwick Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Not included in Beeching Report.
  /  /1964Bishop Auckland Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Closed.
  /01/1968Alnwick Branch (York Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Closed to passengers.
  /10/1968Alnwick Branch (York Newcastle and Berwick Railway)
Closed completely.
  /  /1992Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) Bedale and Leyburn Railway Hawes Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Northallerton (excluded) to Redmire closed to limestone traffic from Redmire. Line mothballed.
  /  /1996Bedale Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway) Bedale and Leyburn Railway Hawes Branch (North Eastern Railway)
Line re-opened to Redmire for military traffic to Catterick Camp.

Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Gateshead to Newcastle


This incline cable wheel on the Northern Incline (towards the Tyne) on the Bowes Railway is in excellent condition, considering that it has not been ...
Ken Strachan 05/08/2017
Pinky and Perky are Ruston 0-4-0 diesel shunters, formerly located on Sunderland South Docks. Mercifully, neither of them is painted pink. ...
Ken Strachan 05/08/2017
A section of the shed yard at Gateshead in 1963, with B16 4-6-0 no 61421 a visitor from York. The B16 is sandwiched between unidentified 9F and K1 ...
K A Gray //1963
Gresley V3 67678 in the shed yard at a snowy Gateshead, thought to have been photographed in December 1962. The locomotive had been released from ...
K A Gray /12/1962


This three track (carrying two tracks) viaduct is in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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The road deck of the High Level Bridge is briefly quiet as a Pacer trundles above, nearing the end of its run from Middlesbrough to Newcastle on 26th ...
Mark Bartlett 26/06/2017
Seen beyond the deck of the Tyne Bridge a Northern Class 156 Sprinter, on a short working from Newcastle to Metro Centre, sets out across the High ...
Mark Bartlett 26/06/2017
There would undoubtedly be an outcry today if it was suggested that a new transport network was driven through the city walls which can be seen was ...
Malcolm Chattwood 09/12/2017
A Grand Central HST photographed crossing the High Level Bridge in June 2010. ...
Veronica Clibbery 10/06/2013

This DMU replacement is a grab shot at Newcastle - difficult to get it all in the frame. Taken in the 1980s. ...
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Looking east from the Castle Keep in Newcastle in 1971 as a North Tyneside DMU heads towards Manors. Approaching Central Station with a passenger ...
John Alexander //1971

This magnificent through station is covered by three long curved trainsheds 60 ft wide designed by architect John Dobson with subsequent additional coverage. Dobson was responsible (with builder Richard Grainger) for the reconstruction and expansion of large areas of Newcastle in the 1830s and 40s. The station is on the East Coast Main Line and serves other lines such as those to ...

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A Class 158 with an arriving Northern service at Newcastle on 25 March 2019. ...
David Panton 25/03/2019
A TPE service for Liverpool Lime Street prepares to depart Newcastle's Platform 9 on 25 March. ...
David Panton 25/03/2019
Platform scene at the east end of Newcastle Central in the summer of 1962. In the foreground is Gresley A3 Pacific no 60111 Enterprise, while ...
K A Gray 23/06/1962
185105 to Manchester Airport waiting to depart from Newcastle station on 15th June 2018. ...
David Bosher 15/06/2018




Newcastle to Manors

This DMU replacement is a grab shot at Newcastle - difficult to get it all in the frame. Taken in the 1980s. ...
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Looking east from the Castle Keep in Newcastle in 1971 as a North Tyneside DMU heads towards Manors. Approaching Central Station with a passenger ...
John Alexander //1971

Manors Northern Rail station is quite isolated from the Metro station (surely breaking some unwritten naming rule) and is absurdly difficult to get ...
David Panton 25/03/2019
Manors station is not what it once was when it had nine platforms and was an interchange. It lost its trains on the North Tyneside loop to the Metro ...
David Panton 27/03/2019
A Northern DMU on a Morpeth - Metro Centre stopping service, formed by 156443, runs into Manors station on 12 November 2011. ...
Bill Roberton 12/11/2011
The derelict Manors North in the 1980s looking south east along platform 1 with 2-5 off to the left. The ECML platforms 6-9 of Manors East run across ...
Ian Dinmore //




Heaton to Berwick

A Northern Rail Class 156 has left Heaton depot and awaits the signal to join the ECML at Heaton South on 26 March 2019. ...
David Panton 26/03/2019
An unidentified A4 heading north out of Newcastle on a foggy day in the 1960s. The train has passed Heaton South Junction see image 29598 and has ...
K A Gray //
With the signal gantry at Heaton South Junction visible in the right background through the smoke and haze drifting off Heaton shed, Peppercorn A2 ...
K A Gray //1960

An unidentified A2 with a down train on the ECML north of Newcastle in 1962. The Pacific is about to pass the fogman's hut at Little Benton. ...
K A Gray //1962
A V2 accelerates past Little Benton with an Edinburgh bound freight in 1962, shortly after crossing the A1068 Coast Road and passing the Wills ...
K A Gray //1962
An A2-hauled freight has just crossed the Coast Road heading north away from Newcastle in 1962. The train is about to pass the fogman's hut near the ...
K A Gray //1962
An unidentified Gresley V2 2-6-2 with a northbound freight at Little Benton on the ECML, thought to be in 1962. The train has just crossed the A1058 ...
K A Gray //1962

A4 60001 Sir Ronald Matthews takes an ECML train past the site of Little Benton Sidings, south of Benton Quarry Junction in the 1960s. ...
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With more than a hint of fog hanging over the East Coast Main Line, A3 Pacific no 60070 Gladiateur takes a train north on the approach to ...
K A Gray 15/06/1963




This two platform station was raised on an embankment to the south of a bridge over Weetslade Road. It had no goods yard and was located in the west of Dudley. Annitsford itself was to the east. The main station building was on the southbound platform.
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A southbound ECML service passing Dudley, some 7 miles short of Newcastle Central, on 18 August 2010. ...
Colin Alexander 18/08/2010

This station was to the north of the Weetslade Road bridge and served Dudley Colliery which was to the north and on the east side of the line, approached by reversing from the south onto a reversing spur. Buildings survived here after the station relocation and the signal box was here, on the west side of the line.
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This is a two platform station. The passenger station is on the north side of a road overbridge (Station Road) and the former goods yard was on the south south. The station was to the west of Cramlington itself, but this has expanded and now surrounds the station.
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A southbound Voyager runs through Cramlington station, Northumberland, on 8 November 2007 [Ref query 8061] ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2007
Gresley J39 0-6-0 no 64923 north of Cramlington on 20 October 1962 down light engine. ...
K A Gray 20/10/1962
Tweedmouth shed's A1 Pacific no 60116 Hal O' The Wynd approaching Cramlington, Northumberland, in October 1962 with the 7.28am Berwick - ...
K A Gray 20/10/1962
Gateshead A3 Pacific no 60085 'Manna' heads north with the final leg of the overnight 9.5pm Victoria Dock - Niddrie freight on 20 October 1962. ...
K A Gray 20/10/1962

This was a two platform station on the north side of a level crossing. The station and level crossing no longer exist.
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This was a two platform on the south side of a level crossing. The main station building was on the southbound (east) platform, the Netherton side of the railway. A smaller building was on the northbound platform.
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This is a two platform station on the East Coast Main Line about a third of a mile south of the old Morpeth town centre over the River Wansbeck. There is a fine Tudor style two storey station building, with platform canopy, on the southbound platform. The architect was Benjamin Green, architect for the Newcastle and Berwick Railway stations. On the south side of the building three ...

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Morpeth on 27 March 2019 and a terminated service from Newcastle crosses over and heads for the start of the Bedlington line where it will change ends ...
David Panton 27/03/2019
An Edinburgh bound Virgin East Coast service passes Morpeth with 91122 in charge on 29 April 2017. ...
John McIntyre 29/04/2017
On 27 March 2019 a Northern Class 158 re-enters Morpeth station after reversing in the line to the right of the signal box. It will return to ...
David Panton 27/03/2019
Pacer 142016, on a service to Metro Centre, at Morpeth station in Northumberland on 15th June 2018. ...
David Bosher 15/06/2018

An ECML Edinburgh bound Voyager passes Morpeth Junction just north of the station on 8 November 2007. The line diverging to the east in the foreground ...
John Furnevel 08/11/2007


This is a two platform station in the south of Pegswood and just west of the former Pegswood Colliery. Original buildings have not survived. There was no goods yard.
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This was a two platform station to the south of a level crossing. The main station building was on the northbound platform. Longhirst itself was around a mile to the west.
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The closed station at Longhirst on the ECML between Morpeth and Widdrington, photographed in August 2010. The station lost its passenger service in ...
Colin Alexander 16/08/2010



This is a two platform station a mile and a half south west of Widdrington. It is located in the new village of Widdrington Station. There is a level crossing at the north end. The original station building remains on the southbound platform.
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Down ECML train about to pass over Ulgham Lane level crossing south of Widdrington, Northumberland, on 19 July 2011, heading for Edinburgh Waverley. ...
Colin Alexander 19/07/2011




This was a two platform station with staggered platforms on either side of a level crossing. The northbound platform was to the north and southbound to the south. The main station building was opposite the northbound and on the east side of the line.
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A southbound HST runs over the level crossing at Chevington, Northumberland (station closed 1958) on 17 May 2014. ...
Peter Todd 17/05/2014


This is a two platform station. The main station building, on the northbound platform, is now a house. There is a car park on the west side. The station is immediately south east of Acklington itself.
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The up platform building at Acklington, Northumberland on 19 July 2011. One of the quieter stations on the ECML, Acklington is currently served by 1 ...
Colin Alexander 19/07/2011
The main station building at Acklington, Northumberland. Photographed on 19 July 2011 looking north. ...
Colin Alexander 19/07/2011
Acklington looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The converted goods shed standing alongside Acklington station, Northumberland, seen here on 19 July 2011. ...
Colin Alexander 19/07/2011



This was a two platform stations with staggered platforms and the main station building on the southbound platform, a little south of the northbound. The station was a mile west of the village which was over the River Coquet on its south bank.
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Another of the 'wayside' stations built by the Newcastle and Berwick Railway. This is the approach to the 1847 station at Warkworth (now a private ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2012
You have been warned! Approaching Warkworth level crossing, October 2012. See image 40692 ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2012
The 09.30 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley about to clear the level crossing at Warkworth, Northumberland, on 8 October 2012. Anybody who has ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2012

This is a two platform station with the main station building, a modest modern structure, on the southbound platforms. There are car parks on either side of the line. There is a signal box at the north end of the southbound platform and sidings and a coal yard at the south end, east side of the line. The station is on the electrified East Coast Main Line.
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Alnmouth signal box, at the north end of the up platform on the evening of 17th June 2018. The branch trains to the historic market town of Alnwick, ...
David Bosher 17/06/2018
Unidentified Inter City Express heading south towards Alnmouth. ...
John Steven 07/03/2010
A northbound Voyager runs into Alnmouth station on the ECML in August 2007. ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2007
A Virgin Voyager on a Cross Country service about to call at Alnmouth in May 2004. ...
John Furnevel 26/05/2004

An up EWS coal train crossing the viaduct over the River Aln, just north of Alnmouth station, in May 2004. The listed structure (also referred to as ...
John Furnevel 24/05/2004


This was a two platform station. The main building was on the southbound platform. The station was on the west side of Longhoughton itself. Longhoughton has expanded since closure of the station.
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Southbound East Coast train near Longhoughton, Northumberland, on 19 February 2012. ...
John Steven 19/02/2012
An East Coast train heading north on the ECML at Longhoughton, Northumberland, on 11 March 2012. ...
John Steven 11/03/2012
Northbound and southbound CrossCountry Voyagers about to pass on 11 March on the ECML at Longhoughton, Northumberland. In the foreground are runners ...
John Steven 11/03/2012
Spring time in Northumberland, an unidentified CrossCountry express races north near Alnwick on 7 March 2010. ...
John Steven 07/03/2010



This was a two platform station on the north side of a level crossing. The main station building was on the northbound platform was a waiting room on the southbound.
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This was a two platform station to the north of a level crossing. The main station building, stone built and of two storeys, was on the southbound platform.
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The handsome station building and goods shed at Christon Bank, a few miles south of Chathill on the ECML, closed to passengers on 15 September 1958 ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/2016
Looking west towards the level crossing over the ECML. The grassy verge was the course of a 2'9' gauge tramway to Embleton Quarry, a mile and a half ...
Bill Roberton 08/04/2016
Wayside station? Entrance to the former station at Christon Bank, on the ECML in rural Northumberland. ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2007
ECML level crossing at Christon Bank, Northumberland on an extremely hot 16 August 2007. The converted goods shed stands on the east side of the ...
John Furnevel 16/08/2007


This is a two platform station on the East Coast Main Line. It is largely complete. The main station building, two storeys in stone, is on the northbound platform with a stone and timber waiting room on the southbound. To the south is a level crossing and a signal box at the south end of the northbound platform. Chathill is a small village on the west side of the station.
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Chathill, with one or two plants on the platform ... ...
John Yellowlees 22/06/2017
The 13.00 East Coast Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross service speeds through Chathill on 30 August 2013. ...
Colin Alexander 30/08/2013
Timetables seen at Chathill. Yes today!

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John Yellowlees 22/06/2017
The attractive waiting room at Chathill, Northumberland, photographed looking east across the ECML from the down platform in October 2012. Doubtless a ...
John Furnevel 08/10/2012

This was a two platform station with staggered platforms. The southbound platform was north of a level crossing and northbound to the south.
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This was a two platform station to the north of a level crossing. The station building was on the northbound platform. The small village of Lucker itself was to the south.
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This was a two platform station on the north side of a level crossing. The fine two storey station building was on the northbound platform.
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Sign for Belford Junction taken from the Level Crossing on 1st January 2019. In the distance crossover points can be seen. ...
Gordon Steel 01/01/2019
A southbound CrossCountry service photographed near Belford, Northumberland, on 19 February 2012. ...
John Steven 19/02/2012
NER water column, located between the Down Main and Down Loop, to the north of Belford in 1987. An electrification mast in the background signals its ...
Bill Roberton //1987
Closed Belford Station looking North (Down) on a warm New Years Day 2019. The line to the right went into the former Easington Quarry which is now ...
Gordon Steel 01/01/2019

Rural tranquility on the ECML in April 2012. The former crossing keepers cottage at Cragg Mill (or Crag Mill or Cragmill) in Northumberland. Located ...
Brian Taylor 05/04/2012


This was a two platform station on the south side of a level crossing. The main station building was on the northbound platform and has not survived.
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A CrossCountry Voyager heading North at Beal on 7th July 2010 ...
Graham Morgan 07/07/2010
A Peckett 0-4-0 tank engine at Beal level crossing on the site of the former station (closed in 1968), along with other railway memorabilia. ...
Graham Morgan 07/07/2010
Part of the site of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway station at Beal, Northumberland, photographed on 9 October 2012. Closed to passengers in January ...
John Furnevel 09/10/2012

This was a two platform station on the north side of a level crossing. The main building, a stone two storey building, was on the northbound platform. The goods siding was on the west side, north of level crossing.
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221132 on a Northbound CrossCountry service approaching West Goswick Farm level crossing, Northumberland, in July 2011. ...
Graham Morgan 27/07/2011
91109 approaching West Goswick Farm LC at the head of a Northbound East Coast service in July 2011. The location is just a little South of the former ...
Graham Morgan 26/07/2011
66420 just South of the site of Goswick Station approaching West Goswick Farm LC at the head of the daily intermodal service from Grangemouth to Tees ...
Graham Morgan 26/07/2011
The former Goswick station alongside the ECML in Northumberland, photographed in 2006. ...
John Furnevel 24/10/2006


This was a two platform station on the north side of a level crossing. The main station building, a two storey stone building on the southbound platform, still stands. Scremerston itself is a mile to the west. The site is close to the east coast.
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The former station at Scremerston, Northumberland on the ECML, photographed in October 2006. ...
John Furnevel 24/10/2006
4472 Flying Scotsman with twin tenders attached approaching Scemerston, Northumberland, with a special in the late 1960s. ...
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This station on the East Coast Main Line was south of the Royal Border Bridge and at a junction with the line to Kelso. The location was a station, junction, locomotive shed, yard and start of a zig-zag line to dockside (Tweed Dock).
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9019 Royal Highland Fusilier roars through Tweedmouth on 19 September 1970 with the 10:30 Aberdeen - Kings Cross. The Deltic will have taken ...
Bill Jamieson 19/09/1970
The north end of the former repair shop at Tweedmouth MPD in September 1970, with the once all-important bike shed prominent in the foreground. ...
Bill Jamieson 19/09/1970
Brush Type 4 No. 1545 has rather beaten the camera as it accelerates off the Royal Border Bridge and past the junction with the Kelso line (still in ...
Bill Jamieson 19/09/1970
A general view of the repair shop at Tweedmouth from the weed infested shed yard on 19 September 1970. Inside is class 03 shunter No D2056 whose ...
Bill Jamieson 19/09/1970

This is a double track 28 arch viaduct which crosses the River Tweed between Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth. It is 2152 ft long.
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Photograph taken from the Royal Border Bridge of Berwick. ...
Calum McMahon //
A CrossCountry service from Bath Spa to Glasgow Central crossing the over the River Tweed on 25th October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 25/10/2017
66744 crossing the Royal Border Bridge with an engineers train from Tyne Yard to Millerhill on 25th October 2017.
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Alastair McLellan 25/10/2017
The River Tweed at low tide looking upstream from the Berwick end of the Royal Border Bridge Tuesday 12 June 2018 taken from the 05 26 Stirling-Kings ...
David Prescott 12/06/2018

This box is west of the former Tweedmouth station in the 'V' of the former junction between the approach to the Royal Border Bridge and line north to Berwick-upon-Tweed and the former Kelso Branch (York, Newcastle and Berwick Railway).
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This is an island platform station. It is located at the north end of the Royal Border Bridge on the north bank of the Tweed.
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A rather grimy 43299 at the rear of the Highland Chieftain waiting to depart in National Express East Coast days. ...
Colin McDonald 10/07/2009
A quiet period at Berwick station on a July morning in 2005. View is north along platform 2 towards Edinburgh. The station was rebuilt by the LNER in ...
John Furnevel 05/07/2005
Berwick station viewed from the west. Road runs down to the old castle. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/09/2003
View of the main entrance to the building at the through station. ...
Ewan Crawford 29/09/2003




Scremerston Colliery Branch







Widdrington Colliery Branch