Fontburn Halt railway station

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Fontburn Halt
Fontburn Halt Station.jpg
Station building in 2006.
LocationCoquetdale, Northumberland
United Kingdom
Coordinates55°14′35″N 1°55′21″W / 55.2430°N 1.9224°W / 55.2430; -1.9224Coordinates: 55°14′35″N 1°55′21″W / 55.2430°N 1.9224°W / 55.2430; -1.9224
Grid referenceNZ051942
Other information
Original companyNorthumberland Central Railway
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
3 October 1956Station closed to freight

Fontburn Halt was a weather board and corrugated iron built railway station in Northumberland on the Rothbury Branch built to serve the pre existing Whitehouse lime works[1] and later the Whitehouse Colliery, and quarries.


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 In September 1952 passenger services were withdrawn and the line closed in November 1963.[3]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 lime works the station later had a number of sidings serving various other local industries including the construction of the nearby Fontburn reservoir.[4]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
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


  1. ^ "Disused Stations: Fontburn Halt".
  2. ^ "Disused Stations: Scotsgap Station".
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 October 2009. Retrieved 28 October 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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