STANLEY & WEST STANLEY (FORMERLY SHIELD ROW)

Shield Row station, between Beamish and Annfield Plain opened on 1st February 1894.  Renamed West Stanley on 1 February 1934, the station closed to passengers, like most stations on the line, on 23 May 1955 and closed completely on 11 September 1961.

Site of Shield Row Station 1945

The site of West Stanley station in 1945 from Google Earth. The platforms of the station are clearly visible in the centre of the image.

The station was built, essentially, on a shelf in the hillside with gradients of 1 in 35 towards Consett and 1 in 50 towards Beamish.  A small goods yard with three sidings and a goods shed was situated on the side of the station heading towards Consett.

The stations buildings were typical of the line being timber with the lower part painted green and cream for the upper parts.  The footbridge was almost of a copy of the one to be found at Annfield Plain.

In terms of tickets issued, it was the busiest station on the line.  81,997 tickets were issued in 1898, 117,099 in 1903 and, in 1913, the station issued in excess of 170,000 tickets compared with 79,000 issued at Consett the same year.

Possibly as a result of it’s popularity, at some point in time, the platforms were extended as contemporary photographs show that part of the platform was raised slightly higher than the rest.

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West Stanley station taken from a train heading towards Beamish. The photo is undated is post 1934 when the station was renamed. Photo copyright Ernie Brack

Like all the stations on the line, however, competition from the new bus services proved unbeatable and, within a year of the bus service being introduced in 1921, passenger numbers at the station were down by a third.  In 1920, 138,664 passengers had booked at the station but, in 1921, this fell by almost 50,000 to 89,760.

In 2016, Stanley Town Council issued a statement in that the station was due to be reopened in 2022 following a £1 billion pound investment to extend the Tyne & Wear Metro system.  The statement was dated 1 April…

Stanley in the 1960s

Site of West Stanley Station 2

A 9F heads past the site of West Stanley station with a short coal train heading for Consett. Note the raised areas where the station platforms were. Photo copyright Bill Wright

Site of West Stanley Station

The site of West Stanley station looking in the direction of Beamish. Note the raised areas either side of the tracks indicating where the station platforms were with the main station buildings having been on the right and the small goods yard beyond that. Photo copyright Bill Wright

 

92063 pounds up the hill at Stanley with a loaded iron ore train in 1963. The train is being banked by a WD.

92063 pounds up the hill at Stanley with a loaded iron ore train in 1963. The train is being banked by a WD. Photo copyright Rail-Online

The rear end of the train in the photo above showing the WD locomotive acting as the banker. Photo copyright Rail-Online

The rear end of the train in the photo above showing the WD locomotive acting as the banker. Photo copyright Rail-Online

92063 at Stanley

A little further up the line from the previous photo, 9F 92063 approaches the site of West Stanley station with a loaded ore train for Consett. Notice the 9F at the rear of the train acting as a banker. Photo Author’s Collection

9F 92064 heads a train of 21T hoppers between Pelton and Beamish. Photo Author's Collection

9F 92064 heads a train of 21T hoppers passing Stanley. Photo Author’s Collection

 

Stanley in the 1970s

37106 approaches Stanley from Beamish with a train of steel empties for Consett in January 1978. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37106 approaches Stanley from Beamish with a train of steel empties for Consett in January 1978. The Beamish Distant Colour Light signal can just be seen on the extreme right of the photograph. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37010 and 37080 pass Stanley on the way to Consett with an Iron Ore train on 11 January 1977. Photo Copyright Stephan McGahon

37010 and 37080 pass Stanley on the way to Consett with an Iron Ore train on 11 January 1977. Photo Copyright Stephan McGahon

37167 & 37200 passing Oxhill with iron ore for Consett on 29 June 1976. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37167 & 37200 passing Oxhill with iron ore for Consett on 29 June 1976.  Note the guard in the rear cab of the leading locomotive. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

An unknown Class 37 passes Stanley with steel from Consett in January 1978. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

An unknown Class 37 passes Stanley with steel from Consett in January 1978. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

 

Tracklifting at Stanley

Once the last passenger train had run to Consett on 17 March 1984, British Rail wasted no time in starting the removal of the track and, only 10 days later track was being lifted through Stanley.

Track lifting at the site of West Stanley station on 27 March 1984. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Track lifting at the site of West Stanley station on 27 March 1984. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37023 drags lengths of rail at the site of West Stanley station on 27 March 1984

37023 drags lengths of rail at the site of West Stanley station on 27 March 1984.  Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Stanley Today…

Site of Shield Row Station

Site of West Stanley Station from Google Earth with the railway line running across the centre of the image.

As with many of the locations on the line, today there is nothing to suggest that there was ever a station at the location.  On the approaches to the station from Beamish, there used to be two substantial bridges that took the line over the A692 road.  Both of these bridges were demolished a few years ago to be replaced by footbridges.

Unlike at Annfield Plain where part of the site has actually been built over, most of the site of the station is now just an open space as shown in the photographs below albeit a row of garages have been built where the station buildings once stood:

Site of West Stanley Station 05 April 2014 (2)

Site of West Stanley station looking towards Beamish on 5 April 2014. The main station buildings would have been on the right. Photo copyright John Donnelly

Site of West Stanley Station 05 April 2014

Site of West Stanley station looking towards Annfield Plain on 5 April 2014. Photo copyright John Donnelly

3 thoughts on “STANLEY & WEST STANLEY (FORMERLY SHIELD ROW)

  1. Robert Patterson

    Great shot. The driver looks like the late Tyne Yard man Harry “Choco” Murray. He was a good mate to work with as a second man and always put you in the driving seat for experience .

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