Melkridge Sidings

Location type


Name and dates

Melkridge Sidings (1991-2000)

Opened on the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway.


These sidings were a loading location for the opencast mine at Plenmeller, to the south. A conveyor system, around a mile and a half long, crossed the River South Tyne and passed through a tunnel to reach the opencast site on Plenmeller Common.

The opencast site has been largely landscaped. The sidings remain, out of use.


Sidings opencast conveyor