SK9019 : Ironstone railway embankment

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

Ironstone railway embankment
Ironstone railway embankment
This embankment carried the Buckminster Quarries railway over the shallow valley of the River Witham, quite near its source. Most of the embankment trees have grown in the nearly forty years since the railway and the quarries closed.

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 903 191 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:45.7549N 0:39.7227W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 907 189
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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