Location type


Names and dates

Alston (1852-1976)
Alston (1983-)

Opened on the Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway).


This was the terminus of the Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway).

The terminus had a single platform with a loop covered by a timber trainshed which was braced between a wall to the west and the station building. The station building still stands.

There was a goods yard to the north and east of the site.

Some years after closure the station re-opened as the terminus of the narrow gauge South Tynedale Railway. This is a 2 ft line extending progressively north from the station along the former Alston Branch trackbed towards Haltwhistle.

The former goods yard is now the Hub Museum. In 2017 a new glazed roof and second platform were provided at the station.


Terminus station


26/08/1846Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Branch to Alston authorised.
17/11/1852Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston branch opened.
  /  /1965Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Freight is withdrawn and Beeching Report recommends closure of the line. The line is reprieved as there is no all weather road to Alston.
  /  /1967Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston station's overall roof is removed.
03/05/1976Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Alston branch closed.
  /  /1980Alston Branch (Newcastle and Carlisle Railway)
Decision taken to open a narrow-gauge line northwards from Alston.


Hexham to Carlisle: Including the Alston and the Brampton Branches (Eastern Main Lines)