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Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Mon May 02, 2011 7:58 pm
by mike060
Hi, just discovered this excellent forum and wondered if anyone could possibly help? I'm keen to find out more about Ebchester station and goods yard on the former NER Derwent Valley Blaydon-Blackhill branch in Co. Durham. I have seen maps of the track layout and there are photos of Thomas Prosser's derelict station building on the Disused Stations website but I have only found a couple of photographs of the station when it was operating (i.e. before 1953). G. Whittle's 'Railways of Consett and NW Durham' has historical details of the line but no photos of Ebchester itself.

I was hoping someone might know of some and be able to point me in the right direction. I'm especially interested in the goods yard, coal drops etc. I tried Durham CRO a while back - they had some interesting diagrams but no photos, as I recall.

I have lived in Ebchester for 23 years and I can't even find any long-established residents who have old photos of the railway!

Thanks, Mike.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 12:54 am
by manna
G'Day Gents

If you try 'Disused Stations' by Nick Catford on the web, there is a section about Ebchester and the branch that it was part of.

manna

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 2:29 pm
by PinzaC55
I have my photo of the station remains in May 1978 here http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=2840387 ... ter&m=text
and a signalling diagram for 1908 here http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinzac55/4 ... otostream/

I'd suggest your best bet for old photo's is Beamish Museum. If you want track plans try the local library or Durham County Record Office - they have large 25 inch to the mile plans covering all of County Durham. Worthwhile checking out the Tanfield Railway too.They sell local photo views.

BTW according to Ken Hoole's book "Railway Stations Of The North East" in 1922 Ebchester station served a population of 2857 people and sold 32996 tickets. 2200 tons of bricks were sent out and 28 wagons of livestock.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:29 pm
by StoneRoad
I'll second the suggestion of asking Beamish Museum, but you might also try "Search Engine" at the NRM.

Another idea might be to try a suitable local paper - several run 'remember when' style features from their archives.......

I did have some friends living near Ebchester, but not during the period you want....and they moved away a few years ago!

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:27 pm
by mike060
Thanks very much for these ideas and the information - I'll look into these, especially Beamish and Tanfield Railway. I'd already tried NRM without luck a while ago but maybe worth another look. And thanks, PinzaC55, I had discovered your signalling diagram and found it very interesting and helpful.

Thanks again.

Mike

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:11 pm
by userpt969
i was born at 2 station cottages in 1946 i grew up with
in the station yard my uncle eric collingwood worked in the signal box i used to play in the goods yard and in the shed my grandmother used to get coal of the train drivers and the cream of the top of the churns that were waiting to be picked up by the goods train the butcher and bakers vans used to deliver to the cottages the hutsburths still live at 3 station cottages next door send me your address i can send you a photo i aquired from Durham archive office
ALAN

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:31 pm
by archivist
The Station Hotel at Ebchester burned to the ground in 1948, witnessed by E Collingwood who lived at no 3 Station Cottages at the time. Does anyone know what caused the fire and whether the person who died was staff or a guest. Many thanks.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 2:50 pm
by archivist
I have tried to post a message to userpt969 who is the nephew of the witness to the fire at Ebchester Station Hotel, which is the subject of my earlier post. I have had a message to say that I am not eligible to use this facility. Is there any other way that I can contact him within the rules of the forum?

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:15 pm
by richard
Yes PMs are limited until you've posted a few regular messages that have gone through moderation - this is to stop spammers. Otherwise someone could sign up and send lots of spam PMs to everyone. From memory, I think the limit is 4 or 5, and the post moderation limit is lifted at the same point.

Considering userpt969 only wrote one message on the boards (ever), there's a good chance you won't get a reply!

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:07 pm
by archivist
Unfortunately, you are right but his uncle is the only person as yet identified as a witness to this fire. If he was alive today he would be well into his nineties. I am just hoping that he (the nephew) will perhaps know the story behind it. In such a tiny village it is inconceivable that to have one of its biggest buildings destroyed and someone killed without there being some local lore about it and without anything having appeared in any of the six or seven local newspapers. Unfortunately, Ebchester village has become a dormitory village and house prices have forced the old families out. So I am clutching at straws.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:57 pm
by Cherylcoll72
Hi just looking through this site about information about ebchester station and seen the name Collingwood was wondering if any relation my great grandfather lived in station house ebchester he was called Collingwood my grandfather was John wilbert Collingwood (wilf)

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:04 am
by Cherylcoll72
userpt969 wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:11 pm
i was born at 2 station cottages in 1946 i grew up with
in the station yard my uncle eric collingwood worked in the signal box i used to play in the goods yard and in the shed my grandmother used to get coal of the train drivers and the cream of the top of the churns that were waiting to be picked up by the goods train the butcher and bakers vans used to deliver to the cottages the hutsburths still live at 3 station cottages next door send me your address i can send you a photo i aquired from Durham archive office
ALAN
Are you any relation to John wilbert Collingwood as he lived in the station house his father I'm sure was station master or worked on the railway

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:42 pm
by pdg
I came to Ebchester most weekends and school holidays at the end of the war. My uncle Norman Temple had the Station Hotel, Mr Brown was the Stationmaster and had my tea many times with Freddy & John Hudspeth.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Sun May 26, 2019 11:06 am
by JAA
I was brought up in #1 Station Cottages in the early 1960's. My Grandfather was John Anderson and he was responsible for the maintenance of a section of the tracks. He kept bees on the bankside over the tracks from the station. He posted pictures of the big freeze 1962/3 ( I was only 4/5 then) at the Beamish Museum and they used to have them on display at their station, but it appears they are all removed now. The old derelict station waiting room etc was my playground and John (?) Hudspeth senior took me gardening and fishing in the ponds etc. I can remember the Hudspeths very well. Many a time the train drivers would stop and give me a ride in the cab. I will forward this forum to my mum and uncle who lived there for many years, I am sure they can add more information.

Re: Ebchester Station, Co Durham

Posted: Mon May 27, 2019 7:06 pm
by JAA
We lived in the Station House ( not #1 cottages)