Eastgate

Eastgate is the present terminus of the line. The station is typical of a small branch line halt serving a modest rural community. Most of the buildings remain intact, though in private use.

The village has been dominated by the nearby Lafarge (formerly Blue Circle) cement works since its construction in 1964. The presence of the rail link was a factor in the decision to build here, and its use for transporting bulk cement was the mainstay of the line until 1993. Unfortunately at this point the company switched its transport totally to road. Although its return to rail was one of the hopes of the Trust, the 2002 closure of the cement works now makes this impossible. Demolition of the works has now been completed - the track has all been acquired by us and is at Wolsingham ready to lay further sidings in the depot.

All Saints Church, Eastgate.

Blue Circle cement works - the end of the line.

Eastgate Station, 1967.

The railway had been pushed as far west as Wearhead and, although many sections of the track bed have been built over, it would be a modest aim for the future to re-lay the track to Westgate, the next village.

At the station there still exists the last example of a Goods shed, which featured at all of the other stations on Extension Railway. When the station yard was in operation it was necessary to work the siding by a rope tied to the locomotive because there was no run round facility. Goods traffic was withdrawn from 14th September 1980.

 Today an Agricultural Engineer works in the yard.

 


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