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Hexham is a market town on the Tyne Valley, roughly 25 miles west of Newcastle and 40 miles east of Carlisle.
Railway type and traffic
Hexham sees a clock face passenger timetable for the services along the Tyne Valley. There are 2 services from Newcastle (1 of which terminates at Hexham, while the other continues to Carlisle) every hour, while there is 1 service every hour from Carlisle. Most services are run by a Northern Rail Class 142/156 and sometimes a 158. There are also 2 return services run by a ScotRail 156 from Newcastle to Stranraer.
There is also a number of freight movements through Hexham, with DB Schenker, DRS and Freightliner running numerous workings every day. Expect to see anything from the following - 20/37/47/57/60/66.
Because Hexham is on the diversionary route for when the ECML is closed north of Newcastle, many trains will be diverted when the ECML is blocked. National Express East Coast use HSTs along this line, while CrossCountry did use Voyagers along this line. Diversion season is usually on weekends between late September and mid November.
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Hexham station is a 5 minute walk from the town centre. The town is situated in rural Northumberland, where pace of life is generally slow. You are not likely to have any bother any time of the year.
Take the A69 and follow signs for Hexham (A695). Keep driving past the roundabout (Tyne Green) till you go over the railway bridge. Take a left at this junction. You will see the station from this junction.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location Hexham Station map co-ordinates
There is a Pay and Display car park next to the station.
Take any Carlisle/Hexham train from Newcastle, or any Newcastle bound train from Carlisle.Click here to set up your location for directions to this location
There are toilets inside the station, generally kept in good condition. Hexham is only one of the places to be blessed with 4 Supermarkets within 10 minutes of the station (Tesco/Aldi/Waitrose can be reached by coming out the station, cross the road and turning right. Marks and Spencer can be reached by coming out the station, crossing the road and turning left, follow the road up and turn right at the T junction. M&S is atop of the hill behind the chainsaw shop). Plenty of restaurants and Bars in Hexham (Including a Wetherspoons), mostly selling local Ale.
The County Hotel is 5 minutes away from the station on foot, while there is a guest house next to the Old Gaol, which is 30 seconds from the market square. I would not recommend the Station Inn (Opposite the station) to anyone.
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Hexham Station general view map
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The famous photograph of a train coming under the Victorian signal box is only available after 1pm (at the earliest). This shot requires a small zoom. You can either go to the end of the platform, shooting under the small semaphore signal, or, staying on the station, go behind the wooden fence and shoot from where the staff entrance is to the Green Room.
Zoom either under the road bridge or use a mega wide angle to get the entire footbridge in.
Videographers should not get too much bother. The only thing that poses a threat is the fire station. Its very rare for the alarm to go off at the fire station, and if it does, its not really loud.
BC - Update:
The best shots are actually obtained from the goods dock, immediately east of the station - in fact, the shot of the 66 heading west under the signal box is taken from there, not the end of the platform.
Last time I was there, there was temporary high mesh fencing along the goods dock (it's been there several years now), close to the edge (to stop trespass onto the track), but it was easy to see over using a set of steps. Shots can be taken looking east from anywhere along the goods dock, with the sun on the nose from around 14:00-15:00.
There is also a shot from here looking west (towards the station), featuring the footbridge and the tall semaphore. Again, with the fence in place, step ladders are needed. The sun is on the nose until early afternoon.
General views - All photographs © Josh B unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking east
Fig 2 - Looking east
Fig 3 - Looking east
Fig 4 - Looking west
Fig 5 - Looking west
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