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
By Britain's Decays
We visited St John's Hospital in Lincolnshire on Sunday, here is our video. Although we were told the security at the hospital was extremely tight we didn't actually come across any security at all! They must have been having a day off lol.
Visited with RJ & Shadow
History can be found http://www.subbrit.org.uk/sb-sites/sites/d/draycott_cross_colliery/index2.shtml
Looking deep into the tunnel, about half way down
Compresser/pump of some sort...?
16 & 18 tubs, narrow gauge track in deep mud
No road + 2 drill bits
Looking up a small side air shaft
Sand pilled to the roof and an earth mover
Looking back towards the sand mound. metal hoops, many of which are now badly distorted.
Pulley on the cable haulage system
Behind blocked off adits
Looking down to the flooded adit
Some of my other photo's can be viewed http://s68.beta.photobucket.com/user/Zoot337/library/Urbex/Dray
Thanks for looking
By Banshee =}
This is my first ever report so please bare with me
Payed a visit to this beauty last Sunday ... after an hour of scawering the fence ... we were in
Now for a bit history on the joint
Colliery known as “The Dukeries� because of the number of stately homes in the area. The colliery was owned by the Bolsover Colliery Company and passed to the National Coal Board in 1947.
The colliery was sunk to exploit the Barnsley seam or “Tophard�, as it known locally. In the 1950s the shafts were deepened to over 1000 yards (920 m) to exploit other seams.
The colliery was closed by British Coal, as the National Coal Board had become, in 1993 and reopened by RJB Mining (now UK Coal) in April 1994, the licence to dig for coal being limited to the Yard seam which is located at a depth of 957 yards (870 m). The colliery was finally closed in April 2003.
The headstocks of the colliery are regarded as the tallest in Europe and the third tallest in the world. They are Grade 2 Listed structures and can be seen all over the district. They are expensive to keep in good repair and there have been a number of appeals, as yet to no avail, to demolish them. But however the headstocks are nearly demolished now and no one knows what will happen in the future.
Now the good bits ... hope you like
Have driven past here on many occasions but have always seen security lurking around so when I got a call from Space Invader saying he was gonna go take a look I though yeah why not, Lets go join Him, Explored With Space Invader, Obscurity and Storm
A bit of History about the place ;
Snowdown was the initiative of Arthur Burr's Foncage Syndicate in 1907, but it had early sinking problems, with 22 miners drowning when the first shaft was sunk. Snowdown was the deepest pit in Kent, reaching a depth of 3,083 feet (940 m). The colliery was served by the Faversham to Dover railway, and a halt(Snowdown and Nonington) was provided. In 1945 the workforce was 1,876, with 1,523 being employed sub-surface and 353 above. The colliery closed in 1986 and the shafts were capped in 1988
And my Pics,
And a few of the Admin Building
Was a good "mini explore" and luckily no security in sight any where