an early finish today prompted a visit to the former colliery site at manton and the sidings at manton wood
after parking the car in manton pit wood park trying to look like an afternoon stroller and not an urban explorer a circuitous walk through manton pit wood was required to reach my goal and avoid the security cameras in the car park.
after much huffing and puffing uphill through the trees i gained the main path about half wayup the pit tip another path led me around the side and down to the old trackbed when i discovered a flatter way and the tree cover was enough to hide what i was up to.
climbing down the bank with a few choice oaths i gained the old trackbed of the former manton colliery.
opened in 1898 manton was a 3 shaft colliery fully operational in 1907 in 1947 it was part of south yorkshire area not nottinghamshire
closing in febuary 1994 manton was the 29th pit to close and the 8th pit in bassetlaw .
the majority of mantons coal went to the CEGB power station at cottham but after the privatisation of of the electricity industry in 1990 and the dash for gas led to the pits demise.
today the site is now owned by diy giant B&Q some bits of track still exsist as far as the other side of the retford road bridge
the bridge itself is now fenced off as a dangerous structure and will possibly be removed at some point for scrap severing forever the former track into manton colliery i dont think that B&Q are really intrested in products being shipped in or out by train as the bridge over retford road would possibly have to be replaced ruling out trains ever running again at this location on cost grounds.
the sidings at manton wood are still extant but see little use apart from the monday to saturday 17.35 east midlands trains service from nottingham which stables then runs round here to allow the northern rail sheffield to lincoln and lincoln to sheffield services to pass and use the platforms at worksop.
58029 prepares to leave manton colliery with a coal train to cottham power station the cripple wagon on the left awaits attention
the same scene today looking towards manton colliery sees only bright orange B&Q trailers parked up awaiting loading for another journey
sleepers and ballast litter the former trackbed near manton colliery
two views of the former railway bridge that used to connect manton colliery to the main line along with its bridge board
i doubt the safety of trains would be affected seeing as a train hasnt crossed this bridge for 24 years
a security fence and padlocked gate declare retford road bridge an unsafe structure
the rails end at a mound of ballast behind the camera
the single to double track points still in place
having done the batman routine (above) and ducked around the security fencing a small section being available here is the bridge decking with the track still in place not having seen a train for 24 years
the bridge from the other side batman time again !!!
the bridge from the main line end shows the track still connected
but covered by a mound of ballast
a rusty rail in the undergrowth
beyond the trees a rusty rail in the grass continues towards the main line
with another ballast pile just short of the main line
continuing beyond the ballast the rail has either sank or collapsed at this point
dolly signal wp270 protects the main line from phantom coal trains
A 2 ..2car set passes manton wood signal box heading for sheffield possibly from cleethorpes via gainsborough the colliery access tracks in the foreground of the hut and the rear of the DMU.
now overgrown and unused looking towards retford
apart from the monday to saturday east midland trains 17.35 from nottingham which stables here then runs round to allow 2 northern services to pass...looking towards worksop
and the occasional network rail train the signal box was where the boxes are now on the bankside the former manton colliery line turns right here the sheffield to lincoln main line is on the left
and finally the network rail access board
Yet another delayed report! Visited with TBM and Friends.
Very little on this but what I do know is it was possibly used by The Atomic Weapons Research Establishment as a fuel sidings for trains.
The site is very trashed and looks to have been closed for at least a decade. Not much left but an ok mooch for an hour or so.
Again a bit crap but a good hour or so
Oakamoor railway station is a closed railway station in the Churnet Valley, Staffordshire. The station was opened in 1849 as part of the Churnet Valley Line constructed by the North Staffordshire Railway. Serving the village of Oakamoor the station remained open until 1965 when all services were withdrawn, A little north of the station, freight traffic from Oakamoor Sand Sidings continued until 1988.
The track remains in situ as far as the sand sidings and is now owned by the Churnet Valley Railway (CVR). It is not yet in regular use, but on 21 September 2008, the first service for 20 years ran to Oakamoor with a CVR shareholders' special.
The railway trackbed that extends down the Churnet Valley to the former station at Alton has been converted to a footpath.
The CVR hopes to one day reach Oakamoor station as part of a project in bringing the CVR into becoming the largest preserved railway network within the centre of England.