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  1. manton colliery sidings

    manton colliery built in 1898 closed in 1984 was served from the lincoln to sheffield line with extensive sidings and a signal box to control it. the colliery itself has now long gone and the site now occupied by a B&Q warehouse bringing some work back to a hard hit area. the sidings and a single track to the former colliery site albeit covered in undergrowth still remaining also the bridge which crosses the main road near manton wood has the track attached into its decking and is still the responsibility of network rail but goes no further than the end of the bridge ending in a large pile of ballast. looking back towards the main line into the undergrowth some parts of the track have been removed although there were gypsies nearby at the time i couldnt say if they or network rail were responsible. the siding now called manton wood still sees a daily use as the 17.55 east midland trains service to nottingham travels to manton wood sidings to allow the northern rail lincoln to sheffield and sheffield to lincoln services to pass and use the platforms at worksop station. there is a possibility of trains returning here as B&Q are considering some of the goods being brought in by rail having taken my photos i heard a van horn blast and looking down from the embankment saw 3 network rail vehicles parked at the roadside with great risk to soggy shoes and and socks i got down the side of the embankment and hastily explained i wanted some pictures of the bridge. the network rail guy asking what i want those for i asked him if he had heard of urbex urban exploring to which he replied no i therefore wisely decided not to pursue the matter and apologising for delaying them took my leave as i thought if he knew what else was on the camera and that i,d been track side i,d be in deep doo doo this is the first time i,ve been caught ...well sort of. my urbexing 6th sense told me it was time to leave and thinking about it its a good job i didnt linger any further at the track side lest network rail came to investigate the unknown vehicle. manton colliery signal box closed with the colliery in 1984 here a pair of BR dmu,s pass by en route to sheffield from cleethorpes via gainsborough an unidentified 58 leaves manton colliery with a load for the power station a cripple wagon awaits attention on the left the same train heads for bridge and manton jcn this concrete pad is now fenced off and is B&Q,s storage area the truncated remains of the line which the above train would have crossed end in a pile of ballast the overgrown line still existant could trains possibly traverse this track again for B&Q signal WP 270 guards a line to nowhere the trackside board at manton wood 58 miles from where it joins the ECML near peterborough looking towards retford low level the signal box was roughly where the white object is on the right hand side beyond the signal finally the line looking towards worksop in the distance
  2. the hull and barnsley and great central joint railway was also known as the gowdall and braithwell railway which was a joint line which ran from aire junction on the mainline of the H&B near gowdall to the great central and midland joint railway at braithwell. the railway was a double tracked main line nearly 22 miles long crossing the knottingley and goole canal part of the aire and calder and the river don on a 122ft girder bridge. in addition to the main line there were branches to bullcroft colliery ,bentley colliery york road and sprotborough junction and also yorkshire main colliery The line had five passenger stations although never a passenger service. The stations were situated on the edge or between the villages in their titles, even Doncaster york Road was well north of the town, beyond the Avoiding Line. doncaster york road station was built as a terminus for services on the HB&GC It was reached by a triangular junction from the main line just outside town. The station was set at the north end of town, in the fork of the old A1 and the A19 (York Road). The line and its stations were ready for opening on 1 May 1916 but its five passenger stations, at snaith and pollington ,sykehouse, thorpe in balne, york road and warmsworth never saw a passenger train. The route duplicated that of other railways in the area and the stations were some way from the villages they purported to serve york road was partially demolished in 1960 with the only passenger trains to work over the line were enthusiasts specials, the last of these was the "Doncaster Decoy", which ran on 5 October 1968 The first closure came in 1939 with the north curve at York Road but the first main line closure was that from Bullcroft Junction to Aire Junction, which took place in October 1958, however about one mile of this track was reopened in December 1961 and extended to thorpe marsh power station This arrangement lasted until September 1970 when a new connection was put in from the leeds line at carcroft where it joined the main lines to hull and scunthorpe east of stainforth and hatfield station in September 1970 the lines from Bullcroft Colliery to Skellow and Bullcroft Junction to Doncaster Junction closed the Warmsworth to Sprotborough line having closed in February 1969 part of the line was retained between york road and sprotborough junction untill the late 70.s to serve CF booths scrapyard with a trip working to sprotborough jcn by 08 shunter and a engineers jenkins at sprotborough the line was singled at this point. untill booths decided it would be cheaper to send their scrap by road for processing the track being subsequentley lifted as far as sprotborough bridge with the line becoming a spur from sprotborough juction as a overflow storage for hexthorpe condemed siding but this never came to anything and the remainder of the line was lifted back to sprotborough jcn today most of the HB&GC has been turned into footpaths between sprotborough junction and york road and as far as jossey lane where a lot of the former over bridges can be seen and from the former yorkshire main colliery at edlington to tickhill road the rest of the trackbed beyond here having been been built on or filled in as at warmsworth where the bridge and cutting were filled in and now have a housing estate built on it the same can be said for jenkins works at sprotbough this was also demolished and turned into a housing estate and the former scrapyard of CF BOOTH and surrounding land have been turned into a retail park with york road yard becoming car and lorry access for the outlet. the trackbed exists as far as jossey lane as a railway banking beyond the railway banking continues but is inacessable with the bridges at jossey lane and the main doncaster to leeds line being removed to accomadate the overhead wires the railway also being fenced off at this point beyond the track bed continues towards toll bar bridge this section between bentley park and toll bar bridge also being used as a local footpath. beyond toll bar bridge the line has been blocked by spoil from the former bentley colliery and towards thorpe in balne & sykehouse has either returned to nature or is now private land the HB&GC is now just a part of doncasters past. what remains of york road goods yard taken from the avoiding line bridge with CF BOOTHS scrapyard to the left a scaffolders in the foreground and back right in the distance can be seen the former tattersfield rugby league ground of doncaster RLFC made famous by YTV in a documentry another bloody sunday about how they lost every match but 2 and were bottom of division 2 just above huyton another view of york road as a 08 shunter stands ready to take empty wagons into booths our final picture shows stored wagons on the left for cutting up with loaded wagons of scrap on the right awaiting a trip working down the branch and far right the line can be seen going into the yard today all this has gone and is now a retail park cf booths former yard now is now a retail park the decoy railtour on the york road section of the HB&GC stood on the remaining south triangle the train would have been stood around here the south triangle was to the right of picture the bridge still remains where the line passed under watchouse lane at bentley the bridge which carried the A638 york road has been rebuilt with a modern structure looking from watchouse lane towards york road the north triangle removed in 1939 to the left the main line continued on the right just beyond the former jenkins works stands sprotborough road bridge looking along the north former north triangle towards york road looking along the former main line towards watchouse lane finally the track bed between sykehouse and thorpe in balne
  3. dodd selwyn motors

    see also my other bus related subjects in non urbex chat
  4. dodd selwyn motors

    not too much i know barry dodd he used to drop me off at sandtoft when the museum had an open day barry showed me round personally...nice old boy
  5. dodd selwyn motors

    with urban exploring just a distant memory well.. untill next year i would like recall some of the other explores i did but havent yet documented . i had initally planned to do the isle of axholme railway which was on my list of to do,s but with fading light plan B came into being with a trip to barry doods selwyn motors bus yard selwyn motors is a difficult yard to find set back up a drive off the main road in the lincolnshire village of belton. started by his grandfather in 1939 selwyns is an independant operator run by barry on his own predominatly a coach operator although he did have a service route 292 belton to doncaster which has ran for many years and was a saturday only 1 journey each way shopping service using the double decker which ended in december due to a new rule where the buses have to have flat platforms for disabled/buggy access added to this a cut in subsidy by north east lincs cc this rural service doesnt carry enough passengers to make buying a flat platform bus viable and with 2 way travel winning the school contracts barry in his 70,s has decided to stay with the coach hire side of the businessand was in the process of a re mot of the 53 seater to join the 49 seater available for private hire and rail replacement work. nearly every bus selwyns have ever had are at their yard many have been stood derelict for many years with trees and green moss growing either on them or around them refusing to sell his buses unless he can get the right kind of price for them it looks like a buses graveyard with the bus sheds filled with all sorts of unimaginable crap.... barry selwyn dodd gives nothing away. picture list 1, one of the original buses in the name of E.R dodd mwb 310 a 1950 bedford ob previously owned by roevilles of stainforth 2, the same vehicle parked up on the back field in belton before it was brought indoors 3, now 67 years old she stands in the bus shed surrounded by odds and ends 4, another one of dodds aquisitions was this AEC reliance 571 bwt which stands at doncasters christ church waiting to return home to belton 5, DDB 169 C a 1965 daimler fleetline new to north western as 169 shortly returning to belton via sandtoft 6, now a sad sight as it disappears into the undergrowth with the phantom conductress standing by the drivers door? 7, ex wallace arnold aua 435 j 1971 aec reliance which passed to dodds in 1976 8 &9 this vehicle is intact but hasnt run for many years seen parked in the shed another bus surrounded by assorted crap 10, OJD138 R ...a leyland fleetline fe30agr new to london transport as dms2138 in 1976 stands at christ church bus stands themselves now long since gone with the 4pm 292 service 11, another shot of the DMS with a 38 foot retford and district leyland national mk2a behind it quick bus lesson...there was a difference in the leyland national mk 1,s square front they being 44 feet with a ventilation pod on the back i once saw one go through the wrong door at yorkshire tractions upper sheffield road depot and ripped the pod clean off on the top of the door mr carter who owned YTC was somewhat livid effing and jeffing i wisely thought its time to find a bus to clean the next generation the mark 2,s had no ventilation pod on the back and a rounded front and the mark 2a,s the one pictured had a rounded front and ventilation pod and when driving them you had to remember the extra bit at the back if you got out of a mk2 and into a mk1 leyland national ( i only forgot once and knocked the mirror off one while working for jhon powells i blamed oil on my boots and my foot slipped !! ) 12 , the dms rusts in peace in the lincolnshire countryside far from its london home 13& 14, its replacement mcw mk2 metrobus F80YLV new as merseybus 810 in 1989 leaves lincolnshire far behind and heads to doncaster on the saturday only 292 belton to doncaster via epworth and sandtoft service with the end of the 292 service this vehicle has now gone to new owners 15 hsv 126 ex wallace arnold passed to wray of harrogate joined selwyns in 1994 and 23 years on it still retains its wray livery this has on one occasion filled in for the metrobus on the 292 16, the same bus under repair at selwyns yard ready for its MOT to join the 49 seater seen in the background as a private hire coach 17, 844 FKX a van hool nothing else is known about this vehicle apart from it used to do selwyns contract to axholme school before the advent of 2 way travel 18, 844 joins its companions in retirement he recently turned down an offer from a york based gentleman for this bus 19, R681 WRN formally R60 RED a volvo 49 seater was selwyns latest and possibly final aquisition leaves axholme school epworth on completing a private hire job for the school 20, volvo 681 awaits its next job parked down the field between the metrobus waiting to go to its new home and the derelict DDB 169 c
  6. tickhill viaduct and the harworth colliery branch

    you can only get so far down mate the brambles are horrific i have the legs & trousers to verify this
  7. hi out mooching and refreshed on fags tea and ham sandwiches i parked myself up in a lay bay near the explore and walked the short distance to my target tickhill viaduct took a few piccies below and climbed the steps to explore on top. tickhill viaduct is the first structure trains used to cross on their way to harworth and firbeck collieries built in 1928 was part of a busy branch line that left the south yorkshire joint railway at firbeck junction to harworth colliery in 1924 the colliery was connected with a 4.2 km railway line to connect with the LNER-owned east coast main line however the ecml became very congested and a connection to the south yorkshire joint railway was considered which, also linked the new firbeck colliery see my other post with a triangle junction which would lead to another triangle junction near styrrup with lines going to harworth and another going through oldcotes and langold to reach Firbeck. The forecast for Harworth was 5000 tons per day; this would have meant even more congestion and delays so the opportunity was taken by the new owners on the SYJR LNER and the LMS to build the line to connect both collieries. This was completed in 1928. firbeck closed in 1968 and the junctions removed and with the section between harworth colliery and the east coast main line being removed the line became a truncated branch in its own right serving harworth colliery. this state of affairs continued untill harworth was mothballed in 2006 many plans were made to re open harworth and prep works insigated alas this came to nought and the demolition men sealed the shafts in 2016 and demolished the pit heads thus ending 86 years of mining at harworth. today the viaduct still stands with its trackwork complete although nature has started to take the railway back and the undergrowth can be quite fierce in places preventing further exploration further towards harworth or firbeck jcn many sections of track have been stolen 0.79 miles with a weight of 70 tons although those responsible have been caught including 3 scrap metal dealers and have served lengthy jail terms it was frustrating for network rail as they had planned to make the line operational but this was in 2008 before demolition of the pit. so whats left of the line continues in its mothballed existence the viaduct which has been reinforced with old worn out rails waiting for the return of trains who knows it could one day be a passenger line to from doncaster to harworth or a freight line depending on whats built on the old pit site and if they require a rail link but thats all speculation for the future hopefully the viaduct wont end up in the hands of the demolition men or scrap men. picture list 1, the approach to tickhill viaduct 2, tickhill viaduct left side you can see the reinforced bracing with old worn out rails 3, the right hand side of this beautifull structure with more bracing 4, the plate fastened to the bridge network rail are still responsible for its upkeep but for how much longer ? note the blue engineering bricks used in its construction 5,more pillar renforcing seen through the trees 6,on top of the viaduct looking towards harworth the rails are still existant for now 7, looking back towards the SYJR at firbeck jcn the undergrowth gets quite fierce from here and is totally impassable further up and with the collieries gone very little now uses the joint railway itself 8, further up.. the line line passes under the A60 road bridge... little bit of potted history here to the right of this picture is a layby which is very famous as a scene of the BBC,s comedy open all hours was filmed here remember the wedding episode where ronnie barker takes his trousers off in the car to get them aired?..the nottinghamshire boundry starts around a mile further on 9, the bridge plate for the A60 road bridge 10, a cant inicator lays discarded among the rusty rails 11, looking towards harworth from the other side of the A60 road bridge nature has started to take back the railway need to do the next bit from styrupp to harworth next spring 12, when coal was king a view of firbeck junction the left hand line goes to doncaster decoy jcn the right is the truncated harworth branch
  8. firbeck colliery light railway

    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 ( which i would like to point out i only wear lipstick for theatrical purposes) much has written about firbeck colliery mostly on that other site we dont mention here (the numpty site) but not about the branch line that served the colliery 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,harworth 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 has been 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 andthe 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 view 49 years on of the cutting the above train was standing in. 3. a view of the remains of the filled in bridge from the other side of the A60 4, firbeck colliery sidings are now langold country park 5, the partially dismantled bridge crossing styrupp lane 6, the painted bridge plate can still be seen BRB FCB 3 ..reading british railways board firbeck colliery branch bridge 3 7, a concrete post which has long lost its sign stands in the undergrowth with the railway bank behind it 8, the other side of the bridge has been removed and is now a private access 9 &10, the railway banking has been removed to create a field access 11, looking towards stryupp jct the harworth part of the triangle turned right where the clump of bushes are 12 & 13 where the right leg of the triangle left the firbeck branch the banking still exists beyond here with a bridge would have liked to got some pictures of that but access is very difficult without tromping across the farmers field