The Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Railway Association (or ABTRA for short), was established in July 2016 by a small group of people interested in the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne railway. This small group of four formed ABTRA and began to develop upon our initial ideas for the preservation of elements of the Blyth and Tyne infrastructure, as well as highlighting the important role played by people such as Sir Daniel Gooch, please see below.
The ABTRA group is predominantly focused upon the railway heritage to be found within the immediate geographical area (although there are one or two exceptions to this where a strong link tells a story), this covers a history from the 1600’s with the waggonways of Beaumont through the Bedlington Ironworks and R. B. Longridge right through to the present day. We aim in the near future to add dedicated pages about each element of the local railway heritage.
The two YouTube clips below describe some of our projects:
As we move ever forwards, we hope that you will continue to follow our blog here, and also use our social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to keep up to date with our latest developments.
Among the great ‘railway names’, Daniel Gooch is one which seems to have slipped from the history books; perhaps a combination of a man very modest by the standards of the time and who was also a close colleague of I. K. Brunel perhaps may have struggled for the limelight in any case. Born in Bedlington, and also member of the Longridge family, he has been a man of great achievements, and not just on rails! To try and correct the low public knowledge of Sir Daniel, one of the ABTRA founders has created a dedicated website for him, and information is being added as research time is available. Please click the ‘Sir Daniel Gooch’ above to connect to the website.
In January 2018, two of the ABTRA Committee Members decided to form the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Railway Company Ltd (link to Company Website above), the aim of which is to support projects presently being developed by ABTRA. Please visit the company website for the latest information.
Thanks, Ryan (ABTRA Chairman).