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The Dearne Valley Railway was a nominally independent company whose line ran from Brierley Junction on the Hull & Barnsley Railway to junctions at Black Carr near Doncaster with the Great Northern Railway to Grantham and the Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint Railway to Gainsborough. There was also a junction with the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways line to Wakefield at Shafton Junction just south of Brierley, and other interchanges with the Midland and Great Central Railways. The line was incorporated by an Act of 6 August 1897, but progress was slow and the line did not open throughout to goods traffic until 1909 and to passenger traffic between Wakefield Kirkgate and Edlington, with intermediate stations serving Grimethorpe, Great Houghton, and Harlington, on 3 June 1912. The line amounted to 21 miles. The stations at Grimethorpe and Great Houghton stations were actually located off the main line at the respective collieries, which meant that the trains had to back in and out of the stations. The major engineering work on the line was the 509-yard Conisbrough Viaduct. There was an extensive coal traffic, serving a number of important collieries along the line. The railway was worked by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. On 1 January 1922 the London & North Western Railway absorbed both the Lancashire & Yorkshire and Dearne Valley Railways, which then became part of the LMS on 1 January 1923. Passenger service was withdrawn on 10 September 1951, but most of the line remains open for goods traffic.
Map of the Dearne Valley Railway
The 509-yard Conisbrough Viaduct on the Dearne Valley Railway comprises 21 brick arches and a central steel lattice span. Image Copyright Dave Bevis and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Barton Wright Class "25" 0-6-0 No. 957, built in 1876, and preserved on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in 2008. Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons
Sebastian William Meyer (1856-1946), General Manager of the Dearne Valley Railway
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