Searching for history on former railway station

Whittingham Station
Whittingham Station

A TV company is looking for information about a former north Northumberland station which is being restored.

Channel 4’s Restoration Man is working on a documentary about the former Whittingham railway station, which was bought by Lee Head who wants to create a home at the site.

And producers of the programme are looking for anyone who may have information about the station to get in touch.

It was part of the old Alnwick to Cornhill steam line and is thought to have opened in 1887. It closed to passengers in 1930 and was shut down completely in 1953.

The rails were lifted, but the platform remains alongside the station building complete with original, decorative cast-iron canopy framework and ticket office.

It is thought that the Flying Scotsman went through at one point and damaged one of the cottages because of its size.

Channel 4 researcher Nicholas de Taranto said: “We’re interested in finding people who may have some connection to the station.

“This could be a relative or ancestor who worked there, old photos or memorabilia associated with it, old tickets perhaps, or simply anecdotes that relate to it.”

Anyone who has any information about the old station is asked to contact Nicholas at Tiger Aspect, Factual Department, 4th Floor, Shepherds Building Central, Charecroft Way, London W14 OEE, by phone on 0208 222 4948 or by email to