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Wansbeck Railway

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Act 1859
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Opened 1862
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Morpeth Branch Clickable map of the Wansbeck Railway.

Local area

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This line runs through an area of hillfarming. There was a military camp at Woodburn. There was also a gun range.

Chronology

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Description of route

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This was a single track line from Reedsmouth to Morpeth. The line was built with two things in mind; to serve the area the line ran though and to connect the North British Railway's system to that of the Blyth and Tyne Railway at Morpeth. The latter plan would allow the North British Railway access to Newcastle by a route not controlled by the North Eastern Railway. The North British Railway entered into discussion with the Blyth and Tyne Railway to buy it but were pipped to the post by the North Eastern Railway who rapidly made arrangements to buy the Blyth and Tyne Railway.

Reedsmouth

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In Redesmouth the Wansbeck Railway joined the Border Counties Railway at a south facing junction at Reedsmouth station. (The spelling of the town and station are different.)

Broomhope

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From a south facing juncton a line ran to Broomhope where there was a gun range in the Second World War.

Woodburn

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This was a single platform station with a few sidings. Troop trains used the trains for a nearby military camp. The station was actually in West Woodburn. The station is now a house.

Knowesgate

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Scotsgap

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From this station ran the Northumberland Central Railway northwards to Rothbury. The station is now an estate's offices.

Middleton

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Angerton

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Meldon

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Morpeth

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Originally the line passed over the top of the Newcastle and Berwick Railway to meet the Morpeth Branch of the Blyth and Tyne Railway at its station in Morpeth. This was later altered so that the line met the Newcastle and Berwick Railway at an east facing junction to the west of the present Morpeth station and the flyover was removed.


Page created on 20/01/1998
Page last edited on: 02/04/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford