The station at Annfield Plain opened on 1 February 1894. Like most of the rest of the stations on the line, it lost it’s passenger service on 23 May 1955 and it’s goods service was finally withdrawn on 10 August 1964. The station was demolished in May and June 1965.
A busy station which, in 1898 issued 60,042 ticked in 1898, 82,520 in 1903 and, in 1913 issued over 114,000 tickets compared with only 79,000 at Consett, it was a little larger than most on the line with a large goods yard and an engine shed which had it’s own allocation of J25, Q5, Q6 and N9 locomotives. The shed closed in 1940 but was still standing, albeit derelict, in 1949.
Like all of stations on the line, the station buildings were wooden structures, and the main station building was a mirror image of the building at Leadgate. The NER favoured the use of wood both for economical reasons and, in the case of the line between Birtley and Blackhill, to minimise the risk of subsidence due to mine workings which were present all round the local area. The buildings were painted in the standard NER colours of green for the lower timbers and cream for the uppers.
37004 at Annfield Plain with the 6K40 oil tanker train on 12 February 1979. Photo Copyright John Atkinson
The photo below shows the final revenue earning train on the line. The photographer, Craig Oliphant, writes:
37023 heads the last freight from Consett (coal empties) at Annfield Plain S&T Junction on 30 September 1983.
The original Stanhope & Tyne Railway route is seen in the foreground, this trailed off to Oxhill and Morrison Busty Colliery. Behind the train a second junction once connected with the Tanfield Branch, but at this time it was just truncated and used as a run round for coal trains that only ventured this far. I had traveled with the loco from Consett High Yard, ‘we’ picked up other enthusiasts en-route boarding near Greencroft. The crew kindly allowed us several photo stops were made on our way down to South Pelaw. I had made “The End” headboard which was carried by the last lifting train on the Washington – South Pelaw lifting train, and on the rear of the last passenger train from Consett.
and the crew of the above train ready to leave Consett for the final time, photo caption by Craig Oliphant:
The Site Today…
The site of the station building, the goods shed and the goods yard has completely disappeared under a Tesco supermarket although the trackbed of the line through the station still exists alongside the supermarket as part of the Coast to Coast Cycleway.