NT8534 : Arable land, Mindrum Station

taken 6 years ago, near to Downham, Northumberland, Great Britain

Arable land, Mindrum Station
Arable land, Mindrum Station
There is no trace of the Cornhill Branch Railway northeast of the road bridge until the other side of a big field where the trackbed is wooded.
The Alnwick & Cornhill Railway
The Alnwick & Cornhill (A&C) line was a railway built to serve the social needs of a sparsely populated area, almost as an obligation, by a large rich railway company.
Passenger service began on Monday 5 September 1887.
The last passenger service was axed on 20 September 1930 after a life of 43 years.
During WW2 there was an upsurge in traffic as many of the large houses were adopted for military purposes. Their uses included headquarters, hospitals, schools for evacuated children, training areas together with munitions, fuel and food stores. A fighter airfield built at Milfield gave Akeld a new lease of life. Timber and sand and gravel were needed in vast quantities for war defences and heavy trains carrying both were frequently dispatched from the line.
Freight continued but the collapse of a bridge north of Ilderton in October 1949 resulted in the line being worked as two sections: Alnwick to Ilderton and Cornhill to Wooler.
The southern section was closed on 28 February 1953. Parts of the northern section lingered until the Beeching axe fell on 29 March 1965.


'The Alnwick & Cornhill Railway', by John Addyman and John Mallon published by North Eastern Railway Association provides most of the information here and has many excellent old photographs.
The book is available from Barter Books which now occupies a large part of the old Alnwick Station!
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 18 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Railways 
Railway (from Tags)
Cornhill Branch  North Eastern Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8546 3439 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:36.1742N 2:13.9396W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NT 8544 3427
View Direction
NORTH (about 0 degrees)
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