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Then & Now  -  Miscellaneous Collection (4 of 6)


Brady Square - Railway Terrace

... looking North across The Wagonway

Steam Engine
THEN
Steam locomotive hauling empty coal wagons from the Leamside Line to Washington Glebe Colliery / Washington 'F' Pit.

 

Now Picture
NOW
Quite a few changes, including the removal of the railway and the demolition / replacement of Clyde Terrace.

[ Photo: J.G. 6th Feb 2017 ]

 

Clyde Terrace 1
Between THEN & NOW
Clyde Terrace

Clyde Terrace 2
Between THEN & NOW
J. J. Anderson's Shop - facing Clyde Terrace

 

Map
Route of Wagonway through the Community of Washington Station

 

Brady Square - Railway Terrace

... looking South across The Wagonway

Across the Wagonway
THEN
Wagonway from Washington South Junction to Washington Glebe Colliery & Washington 'F' Pit.   Biddick School: right.

 

Now Picture
NOW
Colliery Wagonway emerged from the location of the white car.   Biddick School on the corner of Albert Place & Oxclose Rd.

[ Photo: J.G. 6th Feb 2017 ]

 

View from Albert Place
Between THEN & NOW
View along Albert Place, past Biddick School, to Clyde Terrace

Anderson's & VG Store
Between THEN & NOW
J. J. Anderson's Shop  &  S. Grieff's VG Foodstore

 

 

Biddick School

... at the corner of Albert Place & Oxclose Road

Biddick School - Then
THEN
Biddick School: at the corner of Albert Place & Oxclose Road

 

Now Picture 1
NOW 1
The former Biddick School still standing proudly.   The Blue Sign says: Washington Church of Christ. All Welcome.

[ Photo: J.G. 6th Feb 2017 ]

 

Now Picture 2
NOW 2
The former Biddick School viewed from Albert Place

[ Photo: J.G. 6th Feb 2017 ]

 

School Baths
Biddick School Baths - 1931

Mr Fred Hill, Headmaster
Mr Fred Hill - Headmaster

 

Biddick School's Headmaster single-handedly organised the building of Washington's first swimming pool.
For more information about this and the inspirational Mr Hill:  Click Here

 

Washington Station

... looking north-east:  The Leamside Line continues to Pelaw Junction via Usworth Station, 1½ miles away.

Washington Station - Then.
THEN
An excursion train to West Durham, hauled by K1 Class Locomotive 62059, calling at Washington Station.
[ The 'Tyne Dock to Consett' line can be seen on the right of this photograph. ]

 

Now Picture
NOW 1
Note the shadow in the distance - that's approximately where the former Leamside Line crossed Washington Station Road.

[ Photo: J.G. 5th April 2017 - taken from the path, bottom-right, in the aerial picture below. ]

 

Aerial Picture
NOW 2
Aerial View of the former Washington Station
The fenced path, bottom-right, is a few metres north of the demolished long footbridge.

[ North-East at the top.   Google Earth: 4th Feb 2015 ]

 

Railway Bridge
Between THEN & NOW
The Bridge over Washington Station Road - not too long ago!

[ Note the long footbridge in the distance.  Photographer: unknown. ]

 

Washington Station
THEN
Washington Station:  looking south-west towards Washington Junction, Victoria Viaduct, Penshaw Station & London.

[ The 'Now 1' photograph was taken from the path that replaced the long footbridge. ]

 

Washington Station
THEN
Southbound train calling at Washington Station.

( 19th July 1958 )

Washington Station
THEN
View from the long footbridge that once straddled all the railway lines.

( Leamside Line, left;  Tyne Dock - Consett line, right. )

 

 

Usworth Station

... looking north:  The Leamside Line passes Usworth Colliery (left, ½m) and Follingsby (Wardley No.1) Colliery (right, 2m).

Usworth Station - Then.
THEN
Note level crossing on the 'New Washington / Sunderland' road.  There's a hint of an Usworth Colliery pit heap in the distance.
[ Photo: H.G.W. Household ]

 

Now Picture
NOW
The level crossing has gone but the 'Concord - Sunderland' minor road is just visible.

[ Photo: J.G. 28th Feb 2017 ]

 

Aerial Picture
NOW 2
Aerial View of the former Usworth Station, centre-right to bottom-right.

[ Google Earth: 4th Feb 2015 ]

 

Big Meeting Day
THEN
Who remembers joining the crowds at Usworth Station for 'The Big Meeting' at Durham or the 'Top Club Trip' to South Shields?

[ The Top Club provided members' children with 'half a crown' each to spend.  Wow!   The house gable ends in this picture can also be seen in the top picture. ]

 

Express Train
THEN
Class A4 locomotive No.60033, Seagull - heading south towards Durham.

( Note the trainspotters - probably a Sunday in the late 50s / early 60s. )

Usworth Station
THEN
The view south towards Washington Station, 1½ miles away.

( Note Penshaw Monument on the horizon. )

 

 

Penshaw Station

... looking north-east:  The Leamside Line continues to Washington Station, via Penshaw Junction & Victoria Viaduct.

Penshaw - Then.
THEN
The platforms were accessed via steps under the Penshaw Station Road, Railway Bridge - just beyond the station buildings.
[ Photographer: John Mann, 22nd September 1924 ]

 

NOW from A182 Bridge
NOW 1
The view looking north-east towards the former Penshaw Station, which was close to those distant walkers.

[ Photo: J.G. 20th April 2017 - Bridge over the A182 Washington Highway. ]

 

NOW from Penshaw Station Bridge
NOW 2
The view looking south-west - the site where Penshaw Station once stood.

[ Photo: J.G. 20th April 2017 - Bridge over Penshaw Station Road. ]

 

Aerial Picture
NOW 3
Aerial view of the former Penshaw Station
Note the bridges where the Leamside Line crossed the Washington Highway & Penshaw Station Road

[ Google Earth: 4th Feb 2015 ]

 

Penshaw Station
THEN
Penshaw Station.   Note Penshaw 'Rec'.

( 1964 )

Penshaw Station
THEN
Bound for London:   Class A4 Pacific No.60007, Sir Nigel Gresley.

(Photographer: Ian S. Carr - Sunday, 23rd August 1959)

 

 

Wapping Bridge
THEN
The view from Wapping Bridge, near 'Lambton Lion Park'.   A3 No.60042 leaving the 4-track section from Penshaw Station.

[ Photographer: unknown - 18th June 1961. ]

 

Wapping Bridge to Penshaw
NOW 4
The view looking north towards the former Penshaw Station, exactly 1 mile away.   Note the curve to the right (north-east).

[ Photo: J.G. 20th April 2017 - Wapping Bridge, Bournmoor. ]