Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway Beighton Branch

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The Beighton Branch was a railway branch line built by the Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway (LD&ECR) in north eastern Derbyshire, England.


LD&ECR Beighton Branch
 The Branch and Its Branches 
Sheffield (Mid)
via SDR
Worksop
Sheffield Vic-Lincoln
Beighton Junction
 North end of Branch
Beighton Sidings
Glovers Siding
Killamarsh South Jn
Upperthorpe
and Killamarsh
Westthorpe Colliery
 Branch 1920-1984
Spinkhill
Spinkhill Tunnel
Park Hall Colliery
 Branch 1906-8
Hazel Colly & Bricks
 Branch 1909-1917
Whitwell
Barlborough Colliery
 Branch 1896-1921
Southgate Colliery
 via MR 1896-1929
Clowne South
Markland Grips
   Elmton & Creswell
Creswell & Welbeck
Creswell Colliery
 Branch 1896-1966
Norwood Crossings
Langwith Colliery
 Branch 1896-1969
  MR also
Langwith
to Chesterfield
(Market Place)
Shirebrook North
South end of Branch
Langwith Jn Shed
 Davis's Wagon Wks
Bridge 37
to Warsop
"New Found Out"
 Curves
to Warsop
Shirebrook West
Shirebrook South
MR
to Mansfield
GNR
to Nottingham Vic
 9 January 1967 Diversion 
Open Lines
Closed
1967 Spur
Rotherham
Masborough
Cottam & W Burton
Power Stations
Beighton Junction
 North end of Branch
Killamarsh South Jn
Upperthorpe
and Killamarsh
Westthorpe Colliery
 Branch 1920-1984
Spinkhill
Spinkhill Tunnel
Whitwell
Clowne South
Markland Grips
   Elmton & Creswell
Creswell & Welbeck
Creswell Colliery
 Branch 1896-1966
Norwood Crossings
1967 SPUR
Langwith Colliery
 Branch 1896-1969
  MR also
Langwith
Formerly to
Chesterfield
Shirebrook North
South end of Branch
Locoshed (closed)
 Wagon Wks (open)
Bridge 37
to Warsop
"New Found Out"
 Curves lifted c1945
to Warsop
Shirebrook West
Shirebrook South
ex-MR
to Mansfield
ex-GNR
to Nottingham Vic
 11 November 1974 Diversion 
Open Lines
Closed
1974 New lines
Rotherham
Masborough
Cottam & W Burton
Power Stations
Beighton Junction
 North end of Branch
Killamarsh South Jn
Upperthorpe
and Killamarsh
Westthorpe Colliery
 Branch 1920-1984
Spinkhill
Spinkhill Tunnel
Whitwell
Clowne South
Markland Grips
   Elmton & Creswell
Creswell & Welbeck
Creswell Colliery
 Branch 1896-1966
Norwood Crossings
1967 Spur
Langwith Colliery
 Branch 1896-1969
  MR only 1969-78
Langwith
Shirebrook North
Headshunt only
Wagon Works
 includes ex-shed
Bridge 37 removed
 E-N Chord built
to Warsop
"New Found Out"
 S-W curve relaid
to Warsop
Shirebrook West
Shirebrook South
ex-MR
to Mansfield
ex-GNR
Closed 27 May 1968

Starting article[edit]

This is a "starting article" aiming to give readers of linked articles access to the associated route diagram. I intend to return to this article not later than September 2013. Other people are, of course, welcome to chip in before then.

History[edit]

The line was a little over 12 miles long and ran from Langwith Junction in Derbyshire to Beighton Junction which is now in South Yorkshire.

Building started in 1892. The line opened in stages up to 1900.[1][2][3]

The branch was occasionally referred to as the "Sheffield Branch", but the name "Beighton Branch" stuck and was widely used.

A sparse and circuitous stopping passenger service used the route to connect Sheffield with Mansfield, this was withdrawn on the outbreak of World War II.

The line closed in stages, as shown in the attached route diagram:

  • 1967, middle section closed and lifted
  • 1974, southern end closed and lifted
  • 1984, northern end closed and lifted, except for a short length at the very end, retained as a siding.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Booth 2013, p. 35.
  2. ^ Dow 1971, pp. 157-171.
  3. ^ Cupit & Taylor 1984, pp. 6-15.

Sources[edit]

  • Anderson, Paul; Cupit, Jack (2000). An Illustrated History of Mansfield's Railways. Clophill: Irwell Press. ISBN 1-903266-15-7. 
  • Booth, Chris (2013). The Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway A pictorial view of the "Dukeries Route" and branches. Blurb. 06715029. 
  • Bradshaw, George (1985) [1922]. July 1922 Railway Guide. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. 
  • Cupit, J.; Taylor, W. (1984) [1966]. The Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway. Oakwood Library of Railway History (2nd ed.). Headington: Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-302-8. OL19. 
  • Dow, George (1971) [1965]. Great Central, Volume 3 Faye sets the pace. London: Ian Allan. ISBN 0 7110 0263 0. 
  • Grainger, Ken (2002). Scenes from the past:43 Sheffield Victoria to Chesterfield Central. Bredbury, Cheshire: Foxline Limited. ISBN 1870119 83 5. 
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  • Kaye, A.R. (1991). Great Central Railway North of Nottingham, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Terminus Publications. ISBN 0 946930 12 0. 
  • Kaye, A.R. (1988). North Midland and Peak District Railways in the Steam Age, Volume 2. Chesterfield: Lowlander Publications. ISBN 0 946930 09 0. 
  • Little, Lawson (1995). Langwith Junction, the Life and Times of a Railway Village. Newark: Vesper Publications. ISBN 0 9526171 0 2. 
  • Marsden, Michael (2004A) [1963-4]. Sheffield to Nottingham Marsden Rail 10. Birkenshaw, Bradford: Marsden Rail 2004. DVD10. 
  • Walker, Colin (1991). Eastern Region Steam Twilight, Part 2, North of Grantham. Llangollen: Pendyke Publications. ISBN 0 904318 14 1.