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Written by Craig Allan - 12 Jan 2004
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Location notes
On the East Coast Main line where the Tyne Valley and Durham Coast lines join the main line.
Railway type and traffic
East Coast - 2 or 3 trains per hour in each direction operated by 91s and HSTs. The East Coast thunderbird (usually a class 67) sits in platform 12 when not being used.
Virgin - 1 train an hour to and from Edinburgh and 1 terminating service, these are operated by 220s/221s
Arriva - Plenty of local trains to Hexham/Carlisle/Morpeth/Sunderland/Middlesbrough and Transpennine services to Manchester.

Freight - Outside of peak hours there are a number of DB Schenker and Freightliner services through the station to/from the ECML heading north. There are also occasional trains into Forth Banks engineering sidings.
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Newcastle Central
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Newcastle is a busy station. Staff are generally friendly towards enthusiasts.
Road directions
From the A1 take the A1114 towards Newcastle. Once over the Redhaugh Bridge you will pass a casino on the left and then come to a crossroad. Turn right onto Westgate road, continue down the road keeping to the right (it's all one way) and turn onto Neville Street. The station is immediately on the left after turning onto Neville Street. Go past where the taxis are parked, the long stay car park is on the left (if the shutter is down then it's full) and the short stay car park is straight ahead past the station entrance.

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Newcastle Central map co-ordinates
The station has a car park, however this is quite expensive and busy. It may be easier to park somewhere outside of the city centre and get a Metro to the station. If you do this then the East and West end of the city are best avoided, north of the city (Jesmond etc) should be ok.
Further a field, Kingston Park and Callerton Parkway stations both have park and ride facilities and are close to the A1.
Public transport
Both Metro lines run through Central station and most local bus services run to either Gateshead or Newcastle.

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Toilets are located on platforms 3 and 4. There are plenty of shops/food outlets in the station and in the city centre.
There are a number of hotels and Bed and Breakfasts in Newcastle.
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Newcastle Central

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Streetmap links
Newcastle Central general view map
Newcastle Central close up map

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Photographic notes
Either end of platforms 3 and 4 (which end depends on the light) are the best positions to photograph from. These are located in the centre of the station and give good views of all the lines.
Links to photographs at this location

Northern Railways - Newcastle
Diesel Power (From the Castle Keep) - Newcastle

General views - All photographs © Craig Allan unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east

Fig 1 - Looking east

The ECML goes off to the left and the Sunderland line goes off to the right. The Castle Keep can be seen in the background. Taken from the East end of platform 3/4.

Fig 2 - Looking west

Fig 2 - Looking west

Taken from the East end of platform 3/4 looking back into the station.

Fig 3 - Looking west

Fig 3 - Looking west

Taken from the West end of platform 3/4 with a train arriving from the South.

Fig 4 - Looking west - Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 4 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

Inside the station trainshed

Fig 5 - Looking west - Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 5 - Looking west - <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

Further along the platforms.

Fig 6 - Looking east Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 6 - Looking east <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

Fig 7 - Looking east Photo by Ewan Tait

Fig 7 - Looking east <i>Photo by Ewan Tait</i>

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