Newcastle [Shot Tower] (1839-1847)
Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.
Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.
This was the original terminus of the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway in Newcastle opened on the 21st of May 1839, the east end of an extension built from Blaydon over the River Tyne via the Scotswood Viaduct and along the north bank. It immediately replaced Redheugh as the terminus for Newcastle and was on the western edge of Newcastle in undeveloped land high above the Tyne, three quarters of a mile west of the old town walls.
The Act provided for a terminus in Thornton Street, approached by inclined plane from the riverside. At the 1839 annual shareholders meeting of the company, the situation was explained
The directors, in their last year's report, drew the attention of the shareholders to the great improvements in the line which they had acquired the power to make on the north banks of the Tyne, by and arrangement for the purchase, on fair terms, of the land required for the puprose. On this land, near the lead-works of Messrs. Walker, Parker, and company, the principal depot for Newcastle will be placed; from which, to preserve a communication with the original Parliamentary line, an inclined plane, to be wrought by a fixed engine, will be made from east of the Newcastle subscription water works, to the intended new quays, on the shore west of the Skinner Burn, and to the depot there, for the convenience of the trade of the river, and the lower parts of the town; thus making the main depot useful for all purposes. These arrangements have occupied much of the time and anxious consideration of the directors, and have been determined upon as the best in all respects for the interests of the company; as, by these means, passengers will be brought at once to their destination by locomotive power, and without the intervention of an inclined plane, as was originally contemplated.
On the 21st May that portion of the line between Blaydon and the company's depot near the Shot Tower, Newcastle, was opened for traffic amidst a great concourse of spectators, by the directors, accompanied by the engineer, J. Blackmore Esq., and the principal contractors.
At the Newcastle terminus there is but a temporary shed at present; but the intended station and depot are to be on the large scale, the land taken for this purpose not being less than fifteen acres. There are four lines of way leaving the temporary station.
Newcastle Central [Metro]
Newcastle Carliol Square
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|Location names in dark blue are on the same original line.|
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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
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An Illustrated History of Carlisle's Railways
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