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Mining Review 3/7: Side Line (1950)


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At Ashington in Northumberland, there's a special railway service for collieries. First, there are the goods trains to take the coal away. Down the line at Ellington Colliery, the loco bowls along to take the full trucks to the coal preparation plant at Ashington. The train is made up, and we're ready to go.

Meanwhile the Miners' Special is leaving Ashington. From 12 midnight on Sundays till 1pm next Saturday, there's a 24-hour service for miners only. In the snowstorms that blocked in the line in 1947, this was the only passenger service to the collieries, and it also carried food to stranded villages.

Here's that coal train again, getting under way. Hey, save some for Ashington! Nearly into Ashington now - you can see the coal preparation plant. In the colliery sidings, the loco pulls up smartly, on time.

The Ellington passenger service runs two locomotives and eight carriages in two separate trains, and there's another train to Linton Colliery. The Ellington train does 29 runs a day. We're pulling into Ellington Colliery now. During the 24 hours, two thousand miners are carried to and from collieries in Ashington, Linton and Ellington. Whether it's carrying coal or miners, Ashington Railway is special!