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South Yorkshire Junction Railway
The South Yorkshire Junction Railway ran from Wrangbrook Junction on the main line of the Hull & Barnsley Railway to a junction with the Great Central Railway lines to Barnsley, Sheffield and Doncaster at Lowfield Junction near Denaby in South Yorkshire. The South Yorkshire Junction Railway received its Act of Parliament on 14 August 1890 with an authorized capital of 210,000 and powers to borrow an additional 10,000, and opened for goods traffic on 1 September 1894. Passenger service was added on 1 December 1894. The line was a nominally independent company formed under the auspices of the Denaby and Cadeby Colliery Company but was worked by the Hull & Barnsley Railway under an agreement of 1891. The Chairman was lawyer and colliery-owner John Buckingham Pope of Oulton Hall near Leeds and the Officers were, Secretary: Charles Selby, Engineer: Joseph Kincaid (1834-1907) and Locomotive Superintendent Matthew Stirling (1856-1931). Intermediate passenger stations were at Denaby & Conisborough, Sprotborough and Pickburn & Brodsworth. The line was 11 miles 44 chains in length, and was heavily graded throughout, and there was a short (250 yd.) tunnel at Cadeby, 1 miles from Denaby. Passenger service withdrawn on 1 February 1903, but goods traffic continued until final closure on 7 August 1967.
Railway Clearing House Junction Diagram of the South Yorkshire Junction Railway, 1910. To enlarge right click, and select "View Image"
"F-2" Class (LNER Class "N-12" ) No. 108, one of a class of nine 0-6-2 tank engines designed by Matthew Stirling and built in 1901, shown here at Sprotborough station in around 1905
Pickburn Signalbox on the South Yorkshire Junction Railway
This view of Sprotborough station in about 1905 goes some way toward explaining why the South Yorkshire Junction line may have been so difficult to excavate. Note the protuding crags in the photograph
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