SK9018 : Ironstone railway relic in the undergrowth

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

Ironstone railway relic in the undergrowth
Ironstone railway relic in the undergrowth
The trackbed of the Buckminster Quarries railway south of Mill Lane, where there was a level crossing, became a farm track after the railway closed and an iron farm gate replaced the white-painted wooden level crossing gate. Nearly forty years after the crossing closed, one of the substantial level crossing gate posts still exists, thrown in the undergrowth at the side of the track a few yards from where it once stood, still with traces of white paint, and with its rounded top in good shape.

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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Railway (dismantled)   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 906 188 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.5748N 0:39.5326W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 906 188
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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