Dearne Valley Railway

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The Dearne Valley Railway (DVR) was a railway line which ran through the valley of the River Dearne in South Yorkshire. It was incorporated by an Act of Parliament on 6 August 1897 to build a line between Brierley Junction, on the main line of the Hull and Barnsley Railway, to junctions with the Great Northern Railway and the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway south east of Doncaster.

Although the line was considered an independent company it was worked by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (LYR). It opened in sections over 7 years from 1902.

History and description[edit]

Dearne Valley Railway
to Wakefield Westgate, Mirfield, Darton etc.
Wakefield Kirkgate
to Normanton etc.
to Streethouse etc.
Ryhill Halt
to Cudworth; to Hemsworth and South Kirkby
Shafton Junction
Grimethorpe Halt
Great Houghton Halt
Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe Halt
Harlington Halt
Denaby Halt
to Black Carr (goods services only)

Construction was complete by 1908-9 the work being carried out by contractors Naylor Bros., Gates and Hogg, Henry Lovatt, and Whittaker Bros.[1][page needed] At first, only goods traffic was carried. Passenger trains came to the line on 3 June 1912 running between Wakefield Kirkgate and Edlington with intermediate halts serving Ryhill, Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe, Harlington[2] and Denaby.

The LYR amalgamated with the London and North Western Railway on 1 January 1922; the combined organisation (also known as the London and North Western Railway) absorbed the DVR on the same day.[3] It duly passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway on 1 January 1923.[4]

Passenger services ceased on 10 September 1951, the last trains having run on 9 September.[5]

Goods traffic continued but several changes were made to the track layout. The lines between (near) Grimethorpe Colliery and Brierley Junction and from Grimethorpe Colliery and Edlington were closed on the opening of a new connection from the Midland Railway's main line near Houghton in 1966. The Dearne Valley connection to Yorkshire Main Colliery at Edlington was removed in May 1972, the colliery being served by a connection to St. Catherine's Junction on the South Yorkshire Joint Railway, the junctions here being rebuilt in connection with the Doncaster area re-signalling in early May 1977.[6]

Route diagrams[edit]

The western end in 1911
The central section in 1910
The eastern end in 1914
Railway Clearing House diagrams showing the L&Y connection from Wakefield Kirkgate (blue) and the line of the Dearne Valley Railway from Brierley to Black Carr junction (red)


  1. ^ Popplewell 1985.
  2. ^ Marshall 1970, pp. 140,142.
  3. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 256.
  4. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 257.
  5. ^ Marshall 1970, p. 142.
  6. ^ Slater, John, ed. (January 1986). "Dearne Valley Railway". Why and Wherefore?. Railway Magazine. Vol. 132 no. 1017. Sutton, Surrey: Transport Press. p. 57. ISSN 0033-8923.


  • Marshall, John (1970). The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway, volume 2. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-4906-6.
  • Popplewell, Lawrence (1985). A Gazetteer of the Railway Contractors and Engineers of Northern England 1830-1914. Melledgen Press.