NU0025 : Track bed of the Alnwick to Cornhill railway

taken 9 years ago, near to North Middleton, Northumberland, England

Track bed of the Alnwick to Cornhill railway
Track bed of the Alnwick to Cornhill railway
Approaching Wooler.
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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This photo is linked from: Articles: · Images shortlisted for POTY, 2015 Automatic Clusters: · Wooler [3] · Track [2] ·
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NU0025, 12 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Russel Wills   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Thursday, 18 June, 2015   (more nearby)
Thursday, 18 June, 2015
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 0055 2514 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:31.2006N 1:59.5707W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NU 00630 25013
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph (Fourth Visitor for NU0025)
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