Elsecar Heritage Railway
|Elsecar Heritage Railway|
|Peckett OQ Class no. 2150 "Mardy Monster" at the Elsecar Heritage Railway|
|Terminus||Elsecar- Rockingham Station|
|Name||Elsecar Heritage Railway|
|Built by||South Yorkshire Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Owned by||Earl Fitzwilliam, Barnsley Council, Elsecar Railway Preservation Group, Elsecar Heritage Railway Ltd|
|Operated by||Elsecar Heritage Railway Ltd|
|Stations||2, One operational at Elsecar(Rockingham Station), Other unused as a stopping Halt (Hemingfield)|
|Length||1 mile (1.6 km)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Headquarters||Elsecar, Rockingham Station|
The Elsecar Heritage Railway is located on the southern part of the former South Yorkshire Railway freight-only branch which ran from Elsecar Junction on its Mexborough to Barnsley line. The line was built to serve Earl Fitzwilliam's collieries and ironworks, which he leased out to local ironmasters.
The Elsecar Heritage Railway operates trains on a 1 mile (1.6 km) section of the branch with using steam and diesel locomotives currently running between Rockingham station (at the back of the Elsecar Heritage Centre) and Hemingfield Basin. The railway is operated using a variety of different preserved rolling stock.
The EHR plans to eventually extend the line up into Cortonwood, with a new halt at Hemingfield.
On 16 May 2011, the permanent way materials for the level crossing arrived and a donation scheme had been set up for the remainder of the money needed. Funds raised through this scheme have since been used to purchase barriers and traffic signals for the crossing ready for installation. In August 2012, trial holes were dug to locate services under the road surface ready for the crossing installation to take place.
On 21 June of the same year, the ground was cleared and levelled for ballast and track alterations in anticipation for constructing the station at Hemingfield, currently the end of the line.
On 19 April 2013, the EHR finally completed resurrecting the Level-Crossing on Tingle Bridge Lane and are now looking onto extending up into Cortonwood, as the step of the Project.
As of June 2014, the laying of rails and onwards to Cortonwood, has commenced.
The railway's collection of steam locomotives are used regularly for passenger services. This is the collection of steam locomotives.
- Peckett OQ Class 0-6-0ST No. 2150 "Mardy Monster". Boiler ticket expires in 2016.
- Sentinel Waggon Works 4wVBT No. 9599 "William". Boiler ticket expires 2013.
- Sentinel Waggon Works 0-4-0VBT No. 6807 "Gervase". Undergoing restoration. Completion expected 2012.
- Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST No. 3777 (Painted as J96 No. 68030). On hire from Llangollen Railway. Boiler ticket expired 17 August 2012.
- Sentinel 0-4-0VBT No. 7 built in 1947. Overhaul will start once work on Gervase is complete
- Avonside 0-6-0ST No. 1917 "Earl Fitzwilliam" (formerly "Pitsford").*
Resident diesel locomotives
The railway's collection of disel locomotives are sometimes used to operate passenger trains.
- Hunslet Engine Co. 0-6-0DH No. 6950 "Louise".
- Yorkshire Engine Company 0-6-0DE No. 2895 "Earl of Strafford".
Visiting diesel locomotives
None at present
Coaching stock is painted in British Railways 'lined maroon' livery.
- BR Mk 1 TSO No. 3958. In service.
- BR Mk 1 TSO No. 4903. In service.
- BR Mk 1 BSK No. 35305. In service.
- BR Mk 1 SK No. 25562. In service.
- Cortonwood (Proposed)
Planned railway station (adjacent to retail park) currently being planned/proposed.
Halt construction due to begin shortly
- Rockingham - Terminus
Serving the Elsecar Heritage Centre
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