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Backworth Colliery Railway

Backworth to Cramlington

55.041284, -1.525808 to 55.076267, -1.583783

West Cramlington Branch



19th c

19th c

Entry Created:

23 Aug 2022

Last Updated:

23 Aug 2022




Description (or HER record listing)

NEHL - A waggonway linked West Cramlington Colliery with Backworth since the colliery's inception in the 19th century. The railway was primarily single track from Backworth to Cramlington. It crossed the Cramlington Colliery Dudley branch at Seghill. The railway also connected to the East Coast Main Line at West Cramlington Junction to allow access to the mainline.


This is an excellent route to walk on throughout its entire route. The ground can be quite unstable and rocky at times, it is one of the best routes preserved that can be traversed in its entirety today. The northern section at Cramlington is an excellent piece of civic infrastructure, now transformed into one section of the town's cycling network.

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

Ordnance Survey, 1890s

The railway can be seen through the middle of the photo, eastwards towards Seghill

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A section of Cramlington's cycle network, which follows the course of the railway.

A section of Cramlington's cycle network, which follows the course of the railway.

Historic Environment Records

Durham/Northumberland: Keys to the Past

Tyne and Wear: Sitelines

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