SK9018 : Lines of trees mark old railways

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

Lines of trees mark old railways
Lines of trees mark old railways
The line of trees on the right marks the former Saxby to Bourne railway, the westernmost part of the Midland & Great Northern route from the East Midlands to the Norfolk coast, and those on the left the southernmost part of the Buckminster ironstone railway, which crossed Mill Lane just offstage left. The two interchanged at Buckminster Sidings, whose site is hidden in the trees exactly in the middle of the picture. All of this shows much more clearly on Google Earth and the 1:25,000 map than it does on the ground.
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 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 905 187 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.5481N 0:39.5601W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 904 188
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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