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Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Photograph: Courtney Haydon Collection (G-075-15)
04/04/2012 from Dave Blower
location: Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Looking north at Kirkby Sidings, the box was 890yds north of Kirkby in Ashfield Station Junction box (seen in the next frame). I'm not sure if the vantage point is a footbridge at the level crossing. This could have been only a few months before the line was rerouted onto the old GN alignment (about 300yds to the left at this point) and the two level crossings closed.
04/04/2012 from Frank Berridge
location: Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Taken 18/3/72 a couple of weeks before the line closed and was diverted to a completely new alignment which runs across the site of Kirkby Colliery on the left. As Dave says this then linked into the former GN line at Kirkby Summit. This in turn was linked back to the Midland Pye Bridge-Kirkby line to the south west of Kirkby. The new route was opened on 2/4/72 and Kirkby Sidings and Kirkby Station Junction boxes were closed. The new box at Kirkby Summit opened on the same day. The former Kirkby Up Sidings were on the right of the photo. Kirkby MPD was closed on 12/10/70 and its work was dispersed to five depots: Toton, Westhouses, Shirebrook, Worksop and a new depot at Bestwood Park. 9M55 was I think a Dinnington Colliery Junction-Toton working so it is likely the 2 Class 20s are returning LE Toton to Worksop.
14/04/2012 from Alex Fisher
location: Westhouses
Kirkby depot was a puzzling place in that it held so many engines even into the final year of 1970. But where would it have been working to/from, I would imagine that the jobs to Clipstone and Rufford Midland were Kirkby's and went to Westhouses after closure, Sherwood and Bentinck may well have been Kirkby's and the former went to Shirebrook whilst the latter went to Westhouses, or may even have already been a Westhouses job? Others such as Pye Hill were aleady Westhouses, Toton got some of the Clipstone and Rufford MR jobs if there were going to Corby for example. Would Kirkby have been doing any jobs that went to Worksop? As they would have been more suited to Langwith and the outbased diesels there, which for a time were housed in the old Shirebrook West Goods depot? I wouldn't have thought any would have gone to Worksop and not Shireberook? Finally I've heard mention of the "new depot" at Bestwood, but never seen any pics or evidence of there being any kind of stabling or train crew facilities there? It would be most interestng to chat about this further, my e-mail is fisherdalex@yahoo.com
26/04/2016 from Tony Saville
location: Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Definitely Kirkby. To the right you can see Low Moor Road. The vantage point is as suggested, a footbridge over the lines at the level crossing over 4 tracks: that crossing was between the yard and the MPD and the bridge was no doubt installed so miners walking to Summit Colliery were not held up by the then very busy railway.
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