September Update from ABTRA

The past few weeks for the Committee has been spent reviewing our various projects and ways to proceed with them.

A quick summary is outlined below:

  1. Butterwell Branch – While ongoing talks continue with a range of stakeholders (people or groups with an interest), we are investigating our best options for a successful project on the site. This is the scheme to re-open the standard gauge railway running northward from Ashington town centre towards Linton Village along the former Ashington Coal Company/NCB line as a potential heritage line shared with commercial customers.
  2. Woodhorn Link – Less developed due to being a newer idea, the Woodhorn Link project is a proposed extension to the existing Woodhorn Narrow Gauge Railway (2ft gauge) to run broadly westward and connect with the Butterwell Branch at the New Moor station site. This project is quite interdependent upon the Butterwell Branch project itself and as such both are being considered together.

Both of these plans are summarized in our short YouTube clip (Butterwell Branch and Woodhorn Link)

Our other projects include:

A. Work to help preserve the surviving station buildings at Bedlington, and other structures.

B. A museum/information site about Sir Daniel Gooch ( who grew up in Bedlington but became a very important mechanical engineer and later Chairman of the Great Western Railway as a contemporary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

C. A museum/public display information about the locomotives of Bedlington Ironworks and the early Bedlington rails which revolutionized rail transport.

All of these projects are subject to gaining appropriate permissions and working with a wide range of other organisations ‘behind the scenes’, so while everything may appear quite quiet, we are busily working away!

In other news we held a second successful Tombola and information stand at the Aln Valley Railway, and we would like to thank our members and friends who kindly donated the prizes.

Thanks for visiting and please come back soon! RH.img_3532-8



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