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Fig.1: First rail passenger ticket issued at Kirkby-in-Ashfield since 1964 when Kirkby Station on the Robin Hood Line opened on 18th November 1996. Photo Credit: Ian Handley

First Ticket at Kirkby-in-Ashfield since 1964.

On 18th November 1996 Kirkby-in-Ashfield’s seventh railway station opened. It was on Stage 2 of the Robin Hood Line, which linked Newstead with Mansfield Woodhouse. Stage I from Nottingham to Newstead opened in May 1993. Ian Handley recalls buying the first rail passenger ticket northbound since Nottingham to Worksop rail passenger services were withdrawn in October 1964.

Fig.2: Passengers on Platform 2 for the first timetabled passenger train on the Robin Hood Line north from Kirkby-in-Ashfield on 18th November 1996.  Photo Credit: Ian G. Handley.

The first train was formed of Sprinter unit number 150210 and arrived on time at 6.03am.  The following people boarded the northbound service to Mansfield Woodhouse; Mrs Mavis Dawes, Mr Howard Lawrence, Ms Maureen Walters, Mr Brian Walker, Mr Gordon Rush, Mr Vin Dawes and myself, the photographer (Fig.2).

Fig. 3: First northbound passenger train at Kirkby-in-Ashfield station on its opening on 18th November 1996. Photo Credit: Ian G. Handley.

On boarding the train I turning to the right, or rear, while everyone else turned left.   This was to prove to be fortunate for me as the guard was towards the back of the train and as a result came to me first when collecting fares.   I therefore was able to purchase the first ticket for travel north from this Kirkby-in-Ashfield station.   I am aware that there had previously been a Fun Day when tickets were purchased, but this was the first ticket sold on a service train north from Kirkby-in-Ashfield on the recently reopened Robin Hood Line.


Ian G. Handley

Posted by SB2K Admin

27th October 2022