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Written by Craig Allan - 24 Jan 2004
last update by Andy Jones - 29 Mar 2004
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Location notes
On the East Coast Main Line approximately 14 miles South of Newcastle.
Railway type and traffic
East Coast - Roughly 1 train per hour in each direction, others will run non-stop through the station (Southbound through platform 1, Northbound through the centre line) operated by 91s and HSTs.
Virgin - 2 trains per hour in each direction operated by 220s/221s.
Northern Rail - 1 train every 2 hours to/from Newcastle and Middlesbrough Saltburn.
First Transpennine - 1 train per hour to and from Manchester

Freight - All freight services down the ECML will pass though Durham.
Network Rail - The NMT makes a jorney through Durham on Monday and Saturday each week!
Link to Real Time Trains
RTT Link Durham
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Environment
Durham is situated at the top of a steep hill above the city, so it can be quite windy. During peak hours ticket checks are usually in place on the platforms. Staff Do Not Issue platform tickets yet a charge may be payed, although when this has happend to myself it has just been 1.
The GNER staff at Durham are extremely hospitable, some of the station master are a bit nervous as of todays current climate, also try to tell a member of station staff you are on the platform as alot of 'jumpers' have been using the viaduct!

A couple of obvious points worth noting:
Keep assiduously on the right side of the 'Passengers must not pass...' notices (those on the n/b platform are further in from the platform ramps than you would think -- a lack of suitable posts to stick them to is to blame.
Do not stand beyond the yellow lines to take pics of approaching trains -- it makes some drivers understandably anxious.
The station has had a revamp with a WH Smiths, Indoor and quite Comfy waiting area (on the south bound side) and a newer ticket office! GNER staff are always helpful, and usually on this station endevour to make you feel welcomed!
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Durham map co-ordinates
Parking
There is a car park at the station.
Public transport
About 3 or 4 trains an hour stop here in each direction during the day. See railway type and traffic.

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Amenities
There are toilets and a newsagent in the station plus Puccini's coffee places on both platforms, and the north bound waiting room has a rather nice 2mm display model of the station.
There are more shops at the bottom of the hill in the town.
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Durham

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Photographic notes
Freight trains may be held in the loops to the north of the station.
Links to photographs at this location

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


Fig 1 - Looking south

From the South end of platform 1 looking out over the viaduct.

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Reverse angle of fig 1, looking back towards the station.

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north

From the north end of platform 2

Fig 4 - Looking south


Fig 4 - Looking south

Reverse of fig 3, looking back into the station.

Fig 5 - Looking south - Photo by James Stoker



Fig 5 - Looking south - <i>Photo by James Stoker
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Fig 6 - Looking north - Photo by James Stoker



Fig 6 - Looking north - <i>Photo by James Stoker</i>


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