SK9018 : Where the Buckminster ironstone railway once crossed

taken 7 years ago, near to Thistleton, Rutland, Great Britain

Where the Buckminster ironstone railway once crossed
Where the Buckminster ironstone railway once crossed
The car and my driver - another enthusiast for the ironstone railways - mark the site of a level crossing on the Buckminster Quarries railway which was in use until 1974.
The opening of the Saxby & Bourne Railway in 1893 led to an expansion of iron ore quarrying in South Lincolnshire (the Buckminster Quarries) and Rutland (at Market Overton). Buckminster Quarries built a railway north from Buckminster Sidings - just south of here - on the S&B to its first quarries north of the Sewstern to Gunby road. In 1916, the building of the Great Northern Railway High Dyke Branch to Stainby gave Buckminster Quarries another main line outlet, and over the next 50 years quarrying was carried out on a massive scale in the parishes of Stainby, Sewstern, Gunby, Buckminster, North Witham and Thistleton. The last ore despatched from the southern outlet, via the Saxby & Bourne and bound for Irlam Steelworks in Manchester, was in 1963, but later, briefly, ore from Market Overton was worked north over its line to Painís Siding (SK887189), a short stretch of the S&B, the Buckminster system and the High Dyke. All quarrying ended in 1973, the land has been restored and returned to agricultural use and the remaining traces of the ironstone railways (and the Saxby & Bourne) are mostly overgrown or ploughed away.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 17 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 21 June, 2010
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Railways > Railway (former)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 904 189 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.6082N 0:39.6294W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 905 189
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WEST (about 270 degrees)
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