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Chesterfield Area

By Ashley Dace

Due to a good forecast in the Chesterfield area I took the train to Chesterfield on the Saturday. It had been a while since a previous visit. Exiting the station I found the old Chesterfield canal, taking the route up to near Staveley. This section is isolated due to Norwood tunnel that has collapsed. Well used by the locals for leisure, it is open to cyclists as a fast route into Chesterfield. There was a diversion near the end due to works at Hollingwood lock.
SK3871 : Chesterfield Canal by Ashley DaceSK3872 : Chesterfield Canal - Bridge 1 by Ashley DaceSK3872 : Chesterfield Canal - Tapton Tunnel by Ashley DaceSK3973 : Chesterfield Canal - Wheeldon Mill Lock by Ashley DaceSK3974 : Chesterfield Canal - Bluebank Lock by Ashley DaceSK4074 : Canadian Goose by Ashley DaceSK4074 : Chesterfield Canal by Ashley DaceSK4174 : Chesterfield Canal - Hollingwood Lock by Ashley DaceSK4074 : Chesterfield Canal by Ashley DaceSK4074 : Chesterfield Canal - Bilby Lane Bridge by Ashley Dace
After passing the lock I took the road to Barrow hill, passing the site of Staveley iron works. Geographing a few of the surviving buildings and old railway lines.
SK4174 : Hollingwood - The Clock Tower Business Centre by Ashley DaceSK4174 : Staveley Iron Works (site of) by Ashley DaceSK4174 : Staveley Ironworks Offices by Ashley Dace
My target was Barrow Hill roundhouse, my last visit was in 2007 so I was looking forward to it. First I photographed the last moments of 56040 Oystermouth, currently being scrapped. Inside plenty of steam interest, including a J17, Black 5 and a few industrials.
Outside hadn't changed much, apart from the new Pinxton signal box. I also saw the brick kilns opposite.
SK4175 : Barrow Hill Roundhouse by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Oystermouth 56040 at Barrow Hill by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill - Steam Locomotive by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill - Butler Henderson by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill - Blue Peter by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Midland Railway 1377 Class 41708 by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Blue Peter Wheels and Valve Gear by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Drivers View by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Steam Locomotives at Barrow Hill by Ashley DaceSK4175 : LNER B1 61264 at Barrow Hill by Ashley DaceSK4175 : LMS Dynometer Car number 3 by Ashley DaceSK4175 : LMS Black Five 45110 by Ashley DaceSK4175 : LNER J17 8217 at Barrow Hill by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill Coaling Stage by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Brick Works by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Barrow Hill Roundhouse by Ashley DaceSK4175 : Baby Deltic Project by Ashley Dace
I was due to catch the bus back to Chesterfield but I missed it by a few minutes so walked back. The cloud caught me up eventually but this wasn't a major problem. After lunch the journey to Duckmanton started, this is a railway cutting with exposed coal measures. Also of interest is the filled in Duckmanton tunnel.
SK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Filled in Bridge by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Coal Measures by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Coal Meaures by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Fossils by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Scientific Exposure by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - GSSP by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Tunnel by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Tunnel by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Cone in cone features by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Eastern Side by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Duckmanton Railway Cutting - Former GCR by Ashley DaceSK4270 : Site of Arkwright Town Colliery by Ashley Dace

Thankfully on the way back I got a single ticket back to Chesterfield, walking the short walk to the station before catching the train back to Leicester.
SK3871 : North Midland House by Ashley Dace


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Sun, 20 Mar 2011 at 15:00
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