Tyne and Wear
Engineering / Construction, Railways
The development of the railway is one of the defining stories in the history of the North East. And Newcastle Central Station is perhaps the most visible manifestation of the Region’s pride in its railway heritage.
The impressive classical frontage of the Station was designed by John Dobson in 1850. Thomas Prosser’s massive portico was added in the 1860s. Behind lies one of the most important trainsheds in the country where, for the first time, arched wrought iron beams were used to support a roof of timber cladding with glazed ridge ventilators.
Although now much diminished, the diamond crossing railway junction at the east end of the Station, controlling train movements, was in its heyday thought to be the largest in Europe.
Today Central is regarded as one of the country’s finest stations, reflected in its Grade I listed status – a distinction it shares only with Bristol Temple Meads, Huddersfield, and the three London stations at St. Pancras, Kings Cross and Paddington.