Wolsingham Depot - Dec 2020

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Wolsingham Train Depot



Taken from the window of the also abandoned Wolsingham steelworks offices.

The history of this place is quite fascinating and we only found out how historic the property is after visiting.

Charles Attwood founded an iron works in Wolsingham and patented a new method of steelmaking. The Ironworks were a major employer in Wolsingham from 1864, producing steel from Weardale iron ore. When Charles Attwood died his nephew took over the company and traded as John Rogerson & Co until 1930. Steel castings were produced for use in both shipbuilding and munitions. The firm made a major contribution to the war effort in both World Wars. Electric arc furnaces were installed around 1950 but trade declined and the works closed in 1984. Manufacture continued for a time on a smaller scale run by a workers cooperative. It appears that the train depot was built during the steelworks period of use, as a building without that purpose. It may have been converted as the factory grew in size and a railway was necessary, but it's final use was a train depot. The ironworks finally closed in 2008 and was demolished, leaving some offices on the roadside behind and the transport shed.



We had seen this one online as another 'secret spot' and had reason to believe it was up north. It did take a while with minimal externals, but one Winter night, I spent a good few hours tracking it down and wanted to go right away. It didn't seem like the sort of place that would remain lacking in vandalism in the UK, and also was quite special. Before the lockdown, we headed up there for sunrise and everything went swimmingly, spending way too long inside for the open space available.





Immediately inside, you can see why this place is out of the ordinary. Not taking away from the 60s-80s trains, the building itself is very dated and contains some nice architecture.

The blue Mark 2 car that snaked over the two lanes in the shed.







The front cabin of the Mark 2, beside an old brake van.



Inside the Mark 2.





Mail compartment.



Cabin.





Further up the train, it began to get slightly more stripped and decayed. The buffet car was difficult to walk through with seats and cushions piled on the floor.







Heading towards the red Mark 1 at the north end of the shed. We were very intrigued to see what lay inside this one, due to the first class signs on every window and the older style of design.







A private booth inside. Sadly, this older carriage was only one car long.









Note the decorative throws on each seat and the ornate light fittings.



Following a look inside each train that wasn't freight, the rest of our time here was spent on the various gantry walkways that run parallel all the way along the tracks as well as on the roof of the trains. The two options definitely gave the best view of the site.















A little wholesome picture to finish with.

Here is the link to our documentary styled video filmed at the transport shed. We cover the building's past, present and future through cinematics and narration:

https://youtu.be/6o0smjGAAao

Thanks for reading :)
 

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Great photos, wouldn't mind seeing this some time as I was lucky enough to see Weardale Steel before it got demolished in 2008/9. There were big casting pits in the floor for keel posts and similar components for ships, plus a giant electric furnace to re-melt the steel. My first visit but the second trip for the friend I went with, unfortunately in the interim they'd had lots of hassle with metal thieves and had fitted CCTV/PIR's inside the shed, so we got turfed out by a very twitchy young security guard. At that time there were lots more locos sitting outside the train shed at the Weardale Railway too.
 

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Wolsingham Train Depot



Taken from the window of the also abandoned Wolsingham steelworks offices.

The history of this place is quite fascinating and we only found out how historic the property is after visiting.

Charles Attwood founded an iron works in Wolsingham and patented a new method of steelmaking. The Ironworks were a major employer in Wolsingham from 1864, producing steel from Weardale iron ore. When Charles Attwood died his nephew took over the company and traded as John Rogerson & Co until 1930. Steel castings were produced for use in both shipbuilding and munitions. The firm made a major contribution to the war effort in both World Wars. Electric arc furnaces were installed around 1950 but trade declined and the works closed in 1984. Manufacture continued for a time on a smaller scale run by a workers cooperative. It appears that the train depot was built during the steelworks period of use, as a building without that purpose. It may have been converted as the factory grew in size and a railway was necessary, but it's final use was a train depot. The ironworks finally closed in 2008 and was demolished, leaving some offices on the roadside behind and the transport shed.



We had seen this one online as another 'secret spot' and had reason to believe it was up north. It did take a while with minimal externals, but one Winter night, I spent a good few hours tracking it down and wanted to go right away. It didn't seem like the sort of place that would remain lacking in vandalism in the UK, and also was quite special. Before the lockdown, we headed up there for sunrise and everything went swimmingly, spending way too long inside for the open space available.





Immediately inside, you can see why this place is out of the ordinary. Not taking away from the 60s-80s trains, the building itself is very dated and contains some nice architecture.

The blue Mark 2 car that snaked over the two lanes in the shed.







The front cabin of the Mark 2, beside an old brake van.



Inside the Mark 2.





Mail compartment.



Cabin.





Further up the train, it began to get slightly more stripped and decayed. The buffet car was difficult to walk through with seats and cushions piled on the floor.







Heading towards the red Mark 1 at the north end of the shed. We were very intrigued to see what lay inside this one, due to the first class signs on every window and the older style of design.







A private booth inside. Sadly, this older carriage was only one car long.









Note the decorative throws on each seat and the ornate light fittings.



Following a look inside each train that wasn't freight, the rest of our time here was spent on the various gantry walkways that run parallel all the way along the tracks as well as on the roof of the trains. The two options definitely gave the best view of the site.















A little wholesome picture to finish with.

Here is the link to our documentary styled video filmed at the transport shed. We cover the building's past, present and future through cinematics and narration:

https://youtu.be/6o0smjGAAao

Thanks for reading :)
Amazing photos a lovely find nice one
 

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Brilliant, nicely different, made me remember a better vanished time (probably through rose tinted specs though)!
 

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What are here called "decorative throws" were derived from "antimacassars". In the Victorian era, men would use oils to hold their hair in place. One very popular oil was macassar oil – named from Makassar in Indonesia, supposedly the source of the main ingredient. To protect all manner of seats from such oils, small cloths were placed over the backs of chairs and seats in various forms of transport, including railway carriages. And they were called “antimacassars”. The practice continued in the UK right up to the time of British Railways and British Rail, generally only latterly in first class compartments.
 
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