Fig 1: Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central station in the 1950’s. Photo Credit: Kirkby Heritage Centre
End of Passenger Services at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central station
Regular passenger trains on the Mansfield Railway through Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central Station finished on 2nd January 1956. The whole line had opened for goods, only just short of forty years previously, on 4th September 1916 with passenger services starting on 2nd April 1917.
Passenger trains from Mansfield Central to Nottingham Victoria called at the following stations: Sutton-in-Ashfield Central, Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central, Hucknall Central, Bulwell Common, New Basford and Nottingham Victoria.
Fig 2: Last day sign at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central station, 2nd February 1956
Passenger services at withdrawal consisted of seven up trains and eight down trains daily with extra trains on a Saturday. On the last day of passenger service’s an amusing sign appear at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central station (Fig. 2), which reflected the typical quick witted, dry humour found in this coalmining region. The chalked message read:
Ladies and Gentlemen
‘With further reference to the closing down of the railway service on the Mansfield line, we would like to say that the nearest approach to what you require as a souvenir is a LNER single ticket to Mansfield which will cost you 10d.
The most ancient thing as a memento we could offer would of course be he Clerk, and he gives us to understand he would have no objections to being regarded as a curiosity or being preserved!’
Fig 3: 1959 and 1960 rail excursion flyers for trains calling at Kirkby-in-Ashfield Central station. Photo Credit – Graham Upchurch collection
The Mansfield line, which joined the Great Central main line at Kirkby South Junction, remained open for another decade for goods trains and summer excursion passenger trains (Fig 3). Summer Saturday excursion trains ran to Skegness, Mablethorpe, Cleethorpes and Scarborough. Included in the goods traffic was the early evening fish train – see Ian Handley’s blog, Fish Train: The 7 o’clock Brit. https://www.kirkbysteam.co.uk/fish-train-the-7-oclock-brit/
Blog by David Amos
Posted by SB2K admin 2nd April 2023.