Backworth railway station

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Backworth railway station in 1970
Location Newcastle
Other information
Original company Blyth and Tyne Railway
Pre-grouping North Eastern Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
Key dates
28 August 1841B&T station opened as Holywell
April 1860B&T station renamed Backworth
27 June 1864B&T station closed
27 June 1864Opened as Hotspur
June 1865Renamed Backworth
13 June 1977Closed

Backworth railway station served part of Newcastle in the English county of Northumberland, later part of Tyne and Wear. The station opened as Hotspur, replacing another Backworth station on the line to Morpeth which had been opened as Holywell.



Opened by the North Eastern Railway, then joining the London and North Eastern Railway, the station passed to the North Eastern Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The line had been electrified (as the Tyneside Electric) by the North Eastern Railway in 1904 to fight competition from the newly built electric tramways, but was de-electrified in the 1960s.

The station was then closed by the British Railways Board to enable the construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro, but was not re-opened as part of that system. Initially Shiremoor was the nearest metro station to the site until the 2005 opening of Northumberland Park.

The site today

The closest station to Backworth today is Northumberland Park on the Tyne & Wear Metro, located a short distance (around a twenty minute walk from the centre of the village) to the south east.

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Preceding station Disused railways Following station
Line open; station closed
  North Eastern Railway
Blyth and Tyne Railway
  Backworth (Hollywell)
Line open; station closed
  North Eastern Railway
North Tyneside Loop
  West Monkseaton

Coordinates: 55°02′02″N1°31′05″W / 55.034°N 1.518°W / 55.034; -1.518