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Thread: firbeck colliery branch line

  1. #1
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    December 2017
    nottinghamshire home of robin hood and men in tights

    Default firbeck colliery branch line

    with closed season here on urbexing its time to look to local mooching before we over indulge in eating drinking and pantomime for the local amature dramatic society ( at which i would like to point out that i only wear lipstick for theatrical purposes)

    much has written about firbeck colliery but not about the branch line that served it.

    a quick history ...firbeck colliery nr langold notts was sunk in 1923 and was closed in 1968 as an unproductive pit the men being transfered to the nearby collieries of manton,dinnington,maltby,thurcroft,shireoaks,harwo rth or rossington collieries which have themselves now long since gone.

    the line left the south yorkshire joint railway at firbeck jcn and turned right through tickhill across tickhill viaduct which will be dealt with in another thread towards the village of langold and firbeck colliery the firbeck branch or the firbeck light railway to give it its proper name was connected not only in the tickhill direction but also to harworth and the ECML by way of styrupp triangle so trains could be sent in either direction making the harworth branch one of the busiest railway branches in nottinghamshire and the colliery unique in that it never saw the new diesel era the firbeck branch being steam worked for all of its short 45 year life .

    the route was quite a circuitous one leaving the harworth branch at styrupp jcn and crossing styrupp lane on a bridge and banking and continuing over further bridges crossing the oldcotes to harworth B road and the main maltby to blyth road at oldcotes before disapearing behind taylors farm and entering a cutting where it went under the main A60 worksop to doncaster road bridge before entering firbeck colliery sidings and firbeck colliery.

    sadly closure came in 1968 and the trackwork and triangle were removed leaving harworth a branch line in its own right the colliery itself was demolished and the shafts sealed in the 1970,s

    today many of the former colliery buildings still stand but only 2 are in use the rest lie derelict there have been plans to build houses on the site but as yet nothing has ever come of it.

    after 49 years most of the branch line has returned to nature or been converted into fields a country park or field access

    although some of the original railway artefacts still exist in some parts you wouldnt have thought a railway had ever existed here

    picture list

    1, 43847 passes under the main A60 worksop road at langold shunting coal wagons in firbeck colliery sidings while a red probably trent motors bus heads to worksop on the 33 service to nottingham the building on the right of picture is the hilltop working mens club which still stands today.

    2,the cutting 49 years on where the above train stood

    3, the filled in bridge from the other side of the A60

    4, fireck colliery sidings are now langold country park

    5, partially dismantled bridge over styrrup lane

    6, the other side of the bridge is now a private access

    7, the bridge plate can still be seen BRB FCB 3
    meaning british railways board firbeck colliery branch bridge 3

    8, a concrete post stands in the undergrowth its sign long since lost
    with the railway banking behind it

    9&10 the bridge and banking has been removed to create a field access

    11&12 the former track bed is now used as a field access the harworth leg of the triangle
    turned right where the clump of bushes are

    13, the overgrown trackbed of the harworth leg of the triangle the rest of the
    trackbed and a bridge exists further over to the right but its inaccessable
    without tromping over the farmers field maybe from the harworth side next time ?

    Last edited by silver.service; 5th Dec 17 at 22:12.

  2. Thanks given by: andylen, Hugh Jorgan, Mearing, ocelot397, prettyvacant71, psykie, thorfrun
  4. #2
    Join Date
    February 2015
    Aberdeen, Scotland


    That's interesting, I like derelict railways. It must be difficult to try and take the same photo today as there is either private access or its overgrown.
    When the going gets tough - the tough get going.

  5. #3
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    September 2014


    Dude good pics and great history, but PLEASE put in a comma here and there, i was reading it out loud to myself and nearly passed out

  6. #4
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    April 2012


    Looks a good wintery walk you had:)

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