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Written by Thomas Bowman - 12 Jan 2004
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Location notes
Located between South Gosforth & Longbenton on the Tyne & Wear Metro, approx. 4 miles north of Newcastle city centre. The junction is straddled by a long footbridge giving views of the junction to the east and the Metro Fleet depot in the distance to the west.
Although in a residential area, the footbridge is little used. Probably advisable to be at least 510, or have steps, tall to get a good view over the bridge.
Railway type and traffic
Tyne & Wear Metrocars pass approx. every 10mins between South Gosforth and Longbenton. The best times to see traffic entering and leaving the depot is between 06:30 07:30 and 17:30 19:00, Mon-Fri, summer only for daylight photography. There is a peak hour extra (Mon-Fri) scheduled to leave the depot and pass under the footbridge at approx. 15:00. Looking towards the depot, it is not unusual to see one of the 3 Battery locos and other Metrocars shunting around the depot, but their movements are sporadic.
Environment
Suburban housing area.
Road directions
The B1318 runs between the A1 and Newcastle city centre. Turn onto Church Road at the junction with Gosforth High Street (B1318) and follow this road, which becomes Station Road when passing South Gosforth Metro station. Shortly after the station, turn left into Hunters Road and drive to the end.

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Gosforth East Junction map co-ordinates
Parking
Residential area with on-street parking.
Public transport
Alight at South Gosforth Metro station. Make your way onto station road overbridge, cross the road and turn right, following Station Road downhill. Turn left into Hunters Road and walk to the end where you will see the footbridge. Approx. 10mins walk.

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Amenities
There are general shops on Station Road as you walk towards Hunters Road.
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Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Gosforth East Junction

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Gosforth East Junction general view map
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Gosforth East Junction



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Photographic notes
Good general photography, no shadows with being on a footbridge. Strong afternoon sunlight can pose a problem, especially in winter. A good zoom lens is recommended for taking shots of the depot in the distance. Overhead Line masts may obscure some angles, but the OL equipment is lightweight in nature compared to mainline equivalents.
Links to photographs at this location

Tyne and Wear Metro Group


General views - All photographs © Thomas Bowman unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east


Fig 1 - Looking east

Two Metrocars enter the depot on a diverted passenger working. This kind of working is extremely rare.

Fig 2 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking west

The view towards the depot, two Metrocars prepare to depart the east reception roads on an evening peak working.

Fig 3 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking south west

Two Metrocars pass Gosforth Industrial estate, heading towards the junction and Longbenton.

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