The Mansfield Railway (Oakwood)

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A comprehensive history of The Mansfield Railway, an eleven mile railway line linking Clipstone Junction with Kirkby-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire. The railway came into being despite the major railway companies being uninterested in the plans of a group of determined individuals. In July 1910 the Mansfield Railway Act was passed which authorised the Mansfield Railway Company to build the line. Contains details of the construction of the line, which opened in stages between 1913 and 1916. The line opened to goods traffic in 1916 and then in April 1917 a passenger service, consisting of three trains a day, began running between Nottingham Victoria and Ollerton. After the war the railway remained as an independent company until the Grouping in 1923. Looks at the motive power used on the line and at the reasons why the line was built. Its prime intended purpose was to carry coal, but it was also on the route for the ‘Fast Fish’ trains from Grimsby to London and other destinations. It connected the coalfield towns with various seaside resorts, giving rise to holidays and day trips for the mining communities. Passenger services were cut in 1956 and the railway eventually became a truncated line serving only the collieries and with the demise of the coal industry the end was inevitable. Illustrated throughout with archive black & white photographs and maps. 160 pages.

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