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Figure 1: Map showing the route of the Railway Ramblers Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk on 23rd August 2022, showing vantage points.

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Figure 2: Details of the Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk in the Railway Ramblings Journal, No. 174, Summer 2022.

Railway Ramblers Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk in August 2022

Members of the Railway Ramblers were joined by members of the Steaming Back to Kirkby heritage project for a railway heritage walk around Kirkby-in-Ashfield on 23rd August 2022. Around twenty five people enjoyed the a three hour walk along old railway trackbeds in and around Portland Park (The Quarries) with the walk leader being David Amos from the Steaming Back to Kirkby project.

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Figure 3: Walk participants wait for the start of the Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk with the Railway Ramblers at the site of Kirkby Bentinck station at the bottom of Church Hill. Photo Credit: Bill Proctor

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Figure 4: Whoever said this was the site of a railway station on a main line from Manchester to London!  Site of Kirkby Bentink Station which closed in March 1963.

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Figure 5: Railway Ramblers Kirkby-in-Ashfield railway heritage walk, 23rd August 2022, on the trackbed of the former Great Central (GC) line just south of Kirkby Bentinck station where the Bentinck Colliery GC empties line ran at the side of the GC main line. Vantage Point 2 on the map.

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Figure 6: Looking at one of the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway Bicentenary Project’s information board’s on the trackbed of the 1819 tramway in Kirkby Portland Park (The Quarries). Photo Credit: Bill Proctor.

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Figure 7: At the site where the two bridges carrying the GC main line and Mansfield Railway passed over the Midland’s Kirkby to Pye Bridge line. The bridges were demolished in the early 1970’s.

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Figure 8: Same location as Fig 6 in the early 1960’s with a southbound coal train on the GC main line between Kirkby Bentinck and Kirkby South Junction passing over the Midland Kirkby-in-Ashfield to Pye Bridge line.  Photo Credit: David K Dykes.

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Figure 9: Near to the site of the level crossings on Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, as part of the Railway Ramblers heritage walk on 23rd August 2022. Photo Credit: Bill Proctor.

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Figure 10: Kirkby-in-Ashfield level crossing gates on the Urban Road side in 1971. Fig. 7 shows the same spot as part of the Railway Ramblers walk on 23rd August 2022. Photo Credit: Bill Proctor.

Posted by David Amos

SB2K Admin

5th October 2022.