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The Gowdall & Braithwell Railway was incorporated by Act of Parliament in 1909. It was originally intended that it would be a joint Hull & Barnsley and Midland Railway line, but then it was decided to give running rights to the North Eastern Railway, which incurred the ire of the Great Central Railway and threatened to scuttle the whole scheme. It was eventually agreed that the line would be jointly run by the Hull & Barnsley and Great Central Railways, and construction began in 1911. Completion was delayed by the outbreak of World War I, but the line finally opened to goods traffic on 1 May 1916. There were five intermediate stations at Warmsworth, Doncaster York Road, Thorpe-in-Balne, Sykehouse, and Snaith & Pollington, but though the stations were constructed and remained intact in the 1960s, no passenger trains were ever run. The main line was 21 miles 30 chains long, and there were also short branches to Bentley New Colliery, Bullcroft Colliery, Yorkshire Main Colliery, to Sprotborough Junction (Great Central) and the Doncaster York Road station loop. Closure came in stages between 1939 and 1970.
Map of the Gowdall & Braithwell Railway
Twin railway bridges at Warmsworth, North Yorkshire. The nearest bridge belongs to the former Gowdall & Braithwell Railway. Copyright Ralph Rawlinson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Outside the goods shed at Snaith & Pollington, circa 1920
Kirtley 0-6-0 No. 30, built in 1885 and rebuilt by Matthew Stirling in 1897. Shown here at Bullcroft in around 1920
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