Summit circular trail guide

Steaming Back to Kirkby, Trail Guide, David Amos at the start of the Summit Circular trail, Feb 2022.

Railway heritage Summit Circular walk

The first of three railway heritage walks around Kirkby-in-Ashfield, took place in adverse weather conditions on Saturday, 19th February 2022. Twenty-five people braved the sleet and rain for the ‘Summit Circular’ walk which took in the former sites of Kirkby-in-Ashfield Loco Shed and Sidings, and Kirkby (Summit) Colliery.

This part of Kirkby-in-Ashfield was originally called East Kirkby until the 1950’s. The area became industrialised between 1890 to 1907, initially with the sinking of Kirkby Colliery by the Butterley Company in 1890, and the construction of Kirkby Loco Sheds and Sidings by the Midland Railway Company in 1907.

Controversially, Kirkby Colliery closed in 1968, ending plans for a ‘Super Pit’ with the subsequent closure of the Loco Sheds and Sidings in the autumn of 1970. Around 3,000 jobs were lost as a result of these closures.


Steaming Back to Kirkby – NOW and THEN

Summit circular undergrowth

NOW – Trackbed of the former Kirkby-in-Ashfield to Pye Bridge line at the side of the Urban Road Social Club, near Lindley’s Lane. The railway line here closed in early April 1972 when the ‘Kirkby Deviation Line’ came into use.  Source: MUBU Miner, February 2022.

Flying Scotsman 1969

THEN – The same location in 1969 with 4472 Flying Scotsman passing through Kirkby-in-Ashfield during a rail-tour. The wall on the left of both photos is the identifying feature.

Kirkby Summit Sidings now

NOW – The former site of Kirkby Summit Sidings in February 2022.

Kirkby Summit Sidings 1969

THEN – Kirkby Summit Sidings in 1969 with an ‘up coal train’ leaving, hauled by two English Electric Type 1 Diesels (Class 20’s). The Summit pit houses on the right are the identifying feature in both photos.  Source: David K. Dykes.

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