Location type


Name and dates

Greenhead (1836-1967)

Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.


This was a two platform station on the west bank of the Tipalt Burn. Greenhead has a north-south alignment as the generally east-west route of the line between Newcastle and Carlisle crosses from the Tyne watershed to the Eden watershed here. The westbound platform was on the west side.

The station building, of two storeys, was on eastbound platform with a waiting room on the westbound platform.

The goods yard was on the east side, approached by a reversing from the eastbound platform onto a reversing spur before drawing south again into the sidings.

Station buildings remain standing. The goods yard still has an active coal yard. K & G Fuels

Another remarkable survivor is the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway locomotive shed, immediately north of the road bridge south of the station. Probably opened when the line reached here from Carlisle. It remained open when the line was extended as locomotives were changed here in the early days due to the length of line and long climb to reach Greenhead.

Blenkinsopp Colliery was to the south, on the west side of the line, approached from the north.



External links

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


19/07/1836Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Carlisle [London Road] to Greenhead opened.
18/06/1838Newcastle and Carlisle Railway
Greenhead to Haydon Bridge opened.


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