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Stations and Signal Boxes

Details about Stations And Signal Boxes

Most of these images are of Hartlepool (prior to 1967 West Hartlepool) Station.

'OLD' HARTLEPOOL STATION. The first Hartlepool station was opened around 1840 and according to Robert Wood's book 'West Hartlepool' p.24, appears to have been part of a Dutch ship brought onto land. The cabins housed the Booking Clerk and Station Master. The first proper station building was located at the junction of Commercial Street and Bond Street. It can be seen on old maps as a curved building, to the north of the fish quay, and is often labelled as a Goods' Shed. The later station opened to the west of this in Northgate in November 1878. It was also at this time that a new direct line to West Hartlepool opened. There had been an earlier line which crossed the Slake over sluice gates but this was cut to make an entrance to the Coal Dock. For many years after WW2, Hartlepool Station passenger service was solely for school trains from the colliery towns which carried Henry Smith School pupils. It was closed in 1964 after the 1963 Beeching Act, which  resulted in the closure of the Easington, Horden and Blackhall Stations. Children from then onwards were brought into the town by bus.

WEST HARTLEPOOL STATION. West Hartlepool's first station was at the end of the line from Stockton in Middleton. Trains then halted at Stranton station, which was in Mainsforth Terrace close to Burbank Street. The next station built was opposite the old Custom House which is in Victoria Terrace, now part of Hartlepool Marina area. Next a large station, called the Leeds Northern Station, was opened in 1853 in Mainsforth Terrace and photographs of this station can be seen below.  It was not until 1878 that a new connecting line meant that trains ran again between Hartlepool and West Hartlepool.
Finally the present station was opened in 1880 in Church Street and the Mainsforth Terrace station was for many years a goods' station. 

West Hartlepool station became Hartlepool station in 1967 when Hartlepool and West amalgamated.

SEATON CAREW STATION. The current Seaton Carew station has been on the same site since the mid-1800s.

GREATHAM STATION. This station came after Seaton Carew on the line south. It was well away from the centre of the village and was adjacent to the Cerebos factory. For many years it was very well used as a simple route from town for Cerebos' workers. It closed in 1991.

HART STATION This station was at the north end of the town.It was at what is now the Hartlepool end  of the Hart to Haswell country walk.


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