John Speller's Web Pages Leen Valley Extension Railway

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The Leen Valley Extension Railway was promoted by the Great Northern Railway to provide them with a line into the extensive coal workings of the area, over which the Midland Railway had more or less had a monopoly. The line opened on 1 November 1901 and ran from Kirkby South Junction, just north of Annesley, to a junction with the Lancashire, Derbyshire & East Coast Railway at Langwith Junction (later Shirebrook North). There were GNR stations on the line at Sutton-in-Ashfield, Pleasley and Shirebrook South. The coal mines declined after World War I and the line was closed by the LNER on 14 September 1931.
Map showing the location of the Leen Valley Extension Railway
Shirebrook South Signal Box
Sutton-in-Ashfield Station shortly after opening. The running in sign reads "Sutton-in-Ashfield for Huthwaite"
Station approach, Sutton-in-Ashfield
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