Ashington Collieries Railway

Introduction

The collieries at Ashington, originally served by a branch from Pegswood, developed to form a large private railway system.

This system started with a branch from Pegswood (station not yet opened at the time) to Ashington. This was connected to the Newbiggin Branch (Blyth and Tyne Railway) at Ashington. The system extended north to serve Linton, Ellington and Lynemouth. Later additions were the Linton to Butterwell to the Newcastle and Berwick Railway line and the Lynemouth to Newbiggin line.






Portions of line and locations

This line is divided into a number of portions.


Ashington Colliery to Linton Colliery

Ashington signal box looking north in 1987. The line to the left ran to Ashington Colliery and the Butterwell Disposal Point. Seldom used, the ...
Bill Roberton //1987
Ivatt class 4 2-6-0 no 43138 approaching Ashington with northbound coal empties in 1966, the year the locomotive arrived at North Blyth shed.
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Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //1966
Looking south to Ashington Junction and signal box in March 2004. ...
Ewan Crawford 20/03/2004
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Looking west to Ashington Colliery, with sidings being lifted. 1987. ...
Bill Roberton //1987
After. Ashington Colliery sidings. What a difference a year makes ...
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Bill Roberton //1987
Before. Ashington Colliery sidings in 1986. What a difference a year makes ...
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Bill Roberton //1986
A rake of NCB wagons in the sidings at Ashington in 1982. Some of the ex-BR class 14 diesel locomotives working in and around the Ashington complex at ...
Colin Alexander //1982
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Ellington Colliery








Lynemouth Colliery and Power Station
















Ashington Colliery



Looking west to Ashington Colliery, with sidings being lifted. 1987. ...
Bill Roberton //1987
After. Ashington Colliery sidings. What a difference a year makes ...
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Bill Roberton //1987
Before. Ashington Colliery sidings in 1986. What a difference a year makes ...
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Bill Roberton //1986
A rake of NCB wagons in the sidings at Ashington in 1982. Some of the ex-BR class 14 diesel locomotives working in and around the Ashington complex at ...
Colin Alexander //1982
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Butterwell



This is a train loading point for opencast coal from the surrounding area. It is located on the private line between Butterwell Junction and Ashington Junction, close to the first junction. It consists of bunkers and looped sidings.
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