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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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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!
There is a car park at the station.
About 3 or 4 trains an hour stop here in each direction during the day. See railway type and traffic.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
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.
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin
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Durham general view map
Durham close up map
Windows Local Live Link
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Railway Gen Group
Freight trains may be held in the loops to the north of the station.
Links to photographs at this location
Northern railways - Durham
General views - All photographs © Craig Allan unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south
From the South end of platform 1 looking out over the viaduct.
Fig 2 - Looking north
Reverse angle of fig 1, looking back towards the station.
Fig 3 - Looking north
From the north end of platform 2
Fig 4 - Looking south
Reverse of fig 3, looking back into the station.
Fig 5 - Looking south - Photo by James Stoker
Fig 6 - Looking north - Photo by James Stoker
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