The Alnwick Branch
by Bartle Rippon
The historic town of
The short, double-track line from Alnwick joined the main line at Alnmouth station, and had a passenger service that was steam-hauled for almost its entire life, with the exception of approximately the final six months. The fascination of the author with the line, where he spent much of his early youth, and many years of enjoyable research, has culminated in a history that revisits the old branch, commencing at Alnmouth with its engine shed and goods yards, and following the journey to Alnwick.
As well as personal accounts and recollections, the book includes a selection of previously unpublished photographs showing the several types of steam locomotive to be found at Alnmouth's engine shed, the steam-hauled passenger trains to and from Alnwick, and the railway's infrastructure.
This is a
fascinating follow-up to the author’s previous book, The Amble Branch, copies of which are still available.
“Well illustrated with monochromatic archive photographs, the book is about as exhaustive as the average reader would ever want. Highly readable.” Heritage Railway
Softback: 80 pages with over 100 photographs and drawings
273 x 215mm
Kestrelink: The Aln Valley Railway Society is dedicated to joining coast to castle once again. Its aim is to rebuild the Aln Valley Railway along the disused trackbed that runs from Alnmouth station to Alnwick.