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. It reopened to occasional traffic in February 1956 but closed again and was finally pulled up in 1968.
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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