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Weetslade Colliery Railway


55.039853, -1.587422





Entry Created:

4 Jul 2022

Last Updated:

4 Jul 2022




Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - The relatively modern branch from the Weetslade and Burradon collieries was constructed around the 1940s or 50s. It is more likely to be the 50s as a large resignalling upgrade on this section of the East Coast Main Line took place and may have been added at this point. Previously, wagons will have been taken over the line through to Backworth and Percy Main. The line was double tracked and aspect signalled.


The trail is a model example for disused railway trails, and is usable for everyone thanks to its double track earthworks and gravelled surface. The trail leads onto the Weetslade Country Park and onwards to Wideopen if wanted. Certainly worth walking, and the only criticism is the entrance to the trail from the south, which is in scrubland. This may be temporary as lots of housing construction is taking place.

Ordnance Survey, 1966

Ordnance Survey, 1966

Weetslade Colliery Railway, 2022.

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A 1950s aspect signal, dated by Gareth Dennis, can be seen on the trail.

A 1950s aspect signal, dated by Gareth Dennis, can be seen on the trail.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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