Brinkburn railway station

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Brinkburn Railway Station.jpg
Station building in 2006
LocationCoquetdale, Northumberland
United Kingdom
Grid referenceNZ087996
Other information
Original companyRothbury Branch
Pre-groupingNorth British Railway
Post-groupingLondon and North Eastern Railway
North Eastern Region of British Railways
Key dates
1 June 1904Station opened
15 September 1952Station closed to passengers
11 November 1963Station closed to freight
The station in 1965

Brinkburn was a weather board and corrugated iron built railway station in Northumberland on the Rothbury Branch built to serve the Healy Coate Colliery which it was linked to by a two-mile aerial ropeway.[1]


In 1859 Parliament authorised the Wansbeck Railway Company to build the line from Morpeth to Reedsmouth. In 1862 the line from Morpeth to Scotsgap opened.

The next year the Northumberland Central Railway were authorised to construct a line from Scotsgap to Ford on the Berwick to Kelso line. They also were permitted to build a short branch line to Cornhill. Due to financial difficulties the line was to be built in stages[2] starting with the section from Scotsgap to Rothbury which was started in August 1869 and completed by November 1870. The North British Railway and the branch line became part of the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923. In September 1952 passenger services were withdrawn and the line closed in November 1963.[3]

Constructed to serve a local colliery the station was poorly used, and was first downgraded to a halt,[4] and then closed in 1963. All that survives of the station is the stationmaster's house.

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Fontburn Halt
Line and station closed
  North British Railway
Rothbury Branch
Line and station closed
Rothbury Branch
Dates of operation1870 – 1963
Successor lineNorth British Railway
Line length13 miles (21 km)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Fontburn Halt
Wansbeck Railway
to Reedsmouth │ to Morpeth


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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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Coordinates: 55°17′28″N 1°51′50″W / 55.291°N 1.864°W / 55.291; -1.864