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Scene on the Border Counties line following closure between Riccarton Junction and Bellingham. View towards the closed Plashetts station with the link from Slater^s Incline coming in from the right. The incline was used to bring coal down from the workings in the hills above Plashetts to sidings alongside the station. Beyond the trees to the right were the coal screens and a brickworks, with much of the output from both being supplied to customers in either Carlisle or Hawick. The landscape has changed completely since the photograph was taken, with much of the area now submerged beneath Kielder reservoir. Part of Slater^s Incline is now used by the Kielder Ferry as a landing stage on the east side of the reservoir. [See image 17579]

Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) [//]


View near the site of Plashetts station on 8 November 2007, taken from the west side of Kielder Water, with the remains of the station and sidings now lying below the reservoir. The coal found in the hills above Plashetts was one of the key factors in the decision to build the Border Counties line. Slaters Incline, down which loaded coal wagons (latterly from Far Colliery) were lowered to the sidings alongside Plashetts station, came in from the right. This was part of the original Plashetts Colliery Wagonway. [See image 26241]
John Furnevel [08/11/2007]



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