Blaydon

Location type

Station

Name and dates

Blaydon (1835-)

Station code: BLO National Rail
Where: North East England, England
Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.

Description

Blaydon is a two platform station with a small car park, just a lane, to the south.

Just to the east at Blaydon East Junction was the point of division between the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway's routes east to Newcastle Central (crossing the River Tyne) and Gateshead. It was briefly the east terminus of the line between 1834 and 1836, opening to passengers in 1835. Blaydon was pretty much the navigational limit of the River Tyne, just to the north. The Gateshead route opened to Derwenthaugh in 1836 and that to Newcastle opened over the Scotswood Viaduct and on to Shot Tower in 1839.

The station had a through trainshed, now removed. It was rebuilt in 1867. A rebuilding of 1912 resulted in a station with new buildings and canopies which survived until 1977. The footbridge survived this and still bore marks of the canopies, but been replaced. To the north were sidings adjoining a quayside.

The Redheugh route was long closed to passengers by 1982 when the Scotswood Viaduct closed and passenger traffic was diverted via Dunston (station re-opened 1984).

Blaydon Shed was on the south side of the Scotswood route, approached from the west.

The next station east, Metrocentre is on a 1904 deviation of the original line which was diverted south to the east of Derwenthaugh.

Tags

Station terminus trainshed

External links

NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67
NLS Map
NLS Map


Dates

  /03/1835Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Hexham to Blaydon opened. Initially there are no platforms at stations.
  /03/1837Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Blaydon to Redheugh, Gateshead opened and a ferry operates to Newcastle.
  /  /1839Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Blaydon to Newcastle along the north bank of the Tyne opened, and line extended to Gateshead.

Books


A History of North Eastern Railway Architecture: A Mature Art v. 2

A History of North Eastern Railway Architecture: Pioneers v. 1

A History of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway, 1824 - 1870: The First Line Across Britain

A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: The North-east v. 4 (A regional history of the railways of Great Britain)

An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways

Hexham to Carlisle: Including the Alston and the Brampton Branches (Eastern Main Lines)

Newcastle (Rail Centres)

Newcastle to Hexham: Including the Allendale Branch (Eastern Main Lines)

North Eastern Railway: Historical Maps

The Border Counties Railway Steam Memories 1950's-1960's: Newcastle to Reedsmouth No. 68, pt. 1