Chopwell and Garesfield Railway


The Chopwell and Garesfield Railway operated from 1896 to 1961. The standard gauge railway was built by the Consett Iron Company to carry coal from their colliery at Chopwell. The Railway connected Chopwell and High Spen along a  line through Chopwell Wood. The remaining track bed of the line is now called the Old Colliery Railway Footpath. Work began on the railway in 1893. At first it was used to transport bricks, made by the Bute Brickworks at High Spen, to Chopwell to build the colliery buildings.  Once the colliery was opened the railway was transporting about 3,000 tons of coal a day. The line joined an existing railway at High Spen, which carried the coal to the coal staithes at Derwenthaugh on the River Tyne, where it was loaded onto colliers for onward transport. 

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Disused Chopwell and Garesfield Railway, Chopwell Wood

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Chopwell and Garesfield Railway (Disused)

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Bridge on the old Chopwell and Garesfield Railway, Chopwell Wood

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Image from page 248 of "Transactions" (1852)

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Image from page 249 of "Transactions" (1852)

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Railway wagons, Chopwell Wood

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Chopwell Wood: Trackbed of the Chopwell and Garesfield Railway

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Chopwell Collierly (1781 - 1966)
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Chopwell Collierly (1781 - 1966)
- Chopwell Collierly opened in 1781, owned by Marquis of Bute (though coal had been worked in Chopwell since the 14th century). In 1890 the colliery was taken over by the ...
Derwenthaugh Staithes
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Derwenthaugh Staithes
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Chopwell
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Chopwell
- Overview About Chopwell Map Street View CHOPWELL, a township, in the parish of Ryton, union of Gateshead, W. division of Chester ward, N. division of the county of Durham, 11½ ...
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The Chopwell and Garesfield Railway 1896 – 1961
- "The Chopwell & Garesfield Railway connected Chopwell and High Spen along a curving line through Chopwell Wood. The track bed of this line is now called the Old Colliery Railway Footpath. The Railway was built by the Consett Iron Company to carry coal from their colliery at Chopwell. The shaft for the first pit at Chopwell Colliery, known as No1 Pit, was sunk in 1896. Two more shafts were sunk; No 2 Pit in 1906 and No.3 Pit in 1909...."

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Tyne and Wear HER(3465): Garesfield Wagonway
- "The northern terminus of the Garesfield Wagonway was probably at Garesfield Staith (HER ref. 3461), but on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey plan it appears to stop just short. Its ...

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Chopwell Wood
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Chopwell Wood
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NCB train near Winlaton Mill

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