Alan Young our north east reporter has recently published a book as part of Silver Link books 'Nostalgia Collection'.
This is the third volume in a series inspired by the Disused Stations website. I have included 38 stations ranging from the centres of towns and cities (Gateshead, Manors North, Blyth), inner city (Heaton), suburbs (Scotswood), and mining communities (Rowlands Gill, Seaton Delaval), to the remote countryside (Reedsmouth, Featherstone Park). The book begins with the curiously laid-out West Auckland, tracing its origins to the pioneer Stockton & Darlington, and ends with Brierdene – partially built, but never opened, on the abortive Collywell Bay branch. Coverage ranges from Tweedmouth and Deadwater, close to the Scottish border, to Croft Spa, where County Durham meets Yorkshire. I hope my selection, which includes photographs of each location, will show what a fascinating range of stations once existed in these two counties so steeped in railway history, and that while some disused stations have all vanished from the landscape – and are truly ‘lost’ - others remain as poignant reminders of a past railway age.
Copies of the book can be ordered through the Silver Link web site or over the phone to Silver Link on 01536 330588.