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Lofthouse North Junction to Stourton Junction, Robin Hood, Beeston & Newmarket Collieries.
1891 - 1966

East & West Yorkshire Union Railway
Contributors:   Reproduction prohibited / Michael Kaye / Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey / Paul Needham / Philip Myers / Mike Wing / Samuel Eastwood / David Webdale
E&WYUR Hybrid map Rails 1920 roads 2013


 

East and West Yorkshire Union Railway

The original plan was a main line between Drax & Lofthouse & a Leeds branch to Rothwell & Stourton. This was abandoned in 1886.
The section between Lofthouse & Rothwell opened on 20th May 1891. The line was extended to Stourton in April 1895 (with the South Leeds Junction Railway).
The section between Robin Hood & Royds Green Lower was authorised on 14th December 1897. The Thorpe Branch was opened in 1899.
Passenger services

A daily passenger service lasted only 8 months. It started on 4th January 1904 between Stourton Junction & Rothwell. The Sunday service was withdrawn in August 1904.
The passenger services ended completely on 30th September 1904, mainly due to electric tramway competition.
Railway Ramblers gazetteer
See also the Railway Ramblers gazetteer - Leeds : E&WYUR Lofthouse north jn to Stourton

Lofthouse north junction to Stourton via Robin Hood & Rothwell
Junction with the GNR at Lofthouse (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the junction with the former great northern railway at Lofthouse, the fence obviously today's main line ,the other wooden fence and line of saplings give a guide to the Charlesworth's line as it veers off to the right a few hundred yards from the bridge no1.
Iingwell nook lane (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is looking back down the branch from the bridge abutment, a lot of track ballast is still strewn on the embankment sides after all these years.
Ingwell nook lane (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the abutments for a stone arch bridge, deceptive as you would probably think vertical sides and steel deck girders, I seem to remember riding down to look on a moped when I had seen it in the distance from the previous overbridge, this marks the start of the branch in terms of rights of way and would be no1 bridge in companies plans.
Trackbed (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is taken on the flat stretch where the edge of a golf course using reclaimed land from Lofthouse colliery is now situated, a nice touch being the use of old railway sleepers quite extensively around the tees as seen right.
Embankment from Castlehead lane (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the embankment as it progresses from on the left side the golf course to far right into the trees, on the far side of the trees the depth is quite considerable.
Castlehead lane (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
The change in vegetation neatly shows the line of the branch as we look towards the previous shot, the horizon is where the road is Castlehead lane that I stood on before, this side had a short shallower cutting before a flat stretch and then an embankment.
M62 (22-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view looking in same direction towards Robin Hood from the other side of the M62, notice the lorry and gantry near the M1/M62 junction, the short tarmac field entry was there in my youth but a substantial stone parapet came up to it with a fairly deep cutting under, the cutting had been filled with so much dumped items that you had to crouch down to pass under, the M62 was there then too of course but widening of the slip road to the M1 has brought it nearer since.
Long Thorpe lane facing south (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view looking across Long Thorpe lane where a bridge parapet would have been, the anti motorcycle barrier appears down the very bottom of next picture, the council semi and its boundary fence show the extent of the cuttings top edge, the rest is lost in school playing fields, the opposing parapet has gone also and the very short stretch of track between this road and the M62 which chops up the branch is completely infilled behind locked gates and reveals nothing of its past.
Cutting facing north (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
The view from the barrier. The cutting has been infilled and partially cut off by the Rodillian school sports pitches leaving only a narrow path, at the end of the fence the path widens out to reveal the previous picture.
Trackbed facing north (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is the trackbed looking towards Leeds road bridge, its quite infilled here as this would have been cutting, in the very far distance the path drops down to reveal the next view.
Leeds road Bridge facing north (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the constriction of the present underpass from the Lofthouse side.
Leeds road Bridge (11-09-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Old railway Bridge under Leeds road on the Line from Lofthouse North to Rothwell next to the Gardeners arms pub.
This is the section of line between Lofthouse North to Rothwell. There is very little of interest to photograph it is a nice walk but the Rothwell end  now totally gone with no trace only a short section between a estate which was not worth looking at as it just acts as a ginnel, the bridges are the only thing to look at really as most of the embankments have overgrown.
Leeds road Bridge (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the view from above of the only intact road overbridge remaining on the entire E+W Yorkshire network, the underneath has been narrowed ,no doubt to increase support but all the previous small arched construction can still clearly be seen underneath, for reference I am leaning on the Gardeners pub wall to take this, to the right of the parapet over the road was many years ago a sort line of terrace houses whose back gardens although tiny looked out over a drop down to the track, an aunt used to live there and I am convinced I looked out onto points and a ground frame but cannot see why it would be here, the plans do not show this area in detail.
Concrete footings (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is the substantial concrete footings for the spoil cableway from Robin Hood Jane pit, we are stood on the embankment with Rothwell and Robin Hood stations to my right looking through the houses would be Wakefield road A61 near the Leadwell lane road junction, there are only footings for the cableway at this end and they must have travelled over the A61 many years back but I have never seen them there, presumably because digging had long since ceased by that time.
Cableway (15-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the cableway as it went out onto the considerable spoil heap now to be seen in a farmers field just off leadwell lane, although visible from quite a distance, for reference the previous shot is behind me over the old trackbed.
A654 road Bridge (11-09-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Old Bridge Abutment on the A654 this is the only one out of the two still standing.
This line links up with the Robin Hood to Patrick Green & River Calder Colliery line (see below) near Leeds road,
just south of some old pit stacks you can see the adjoining line and pit stacks on Google earth.

Beeston colliery triangular junction
Triangular junction (01-05-14) : Paul Needham

This is the view along part of the triangular junction as one exits the cutting, you are looking along the track which went to Rothwell under the occupation bridge , the line of trees far left gives a better indication of the formation here as brambles and dumping of topsoil has obscured the full width of this area.
Triangular junction (01-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the triangular junction from near Robin Hood station site, the left hand track goes to the low shops pit, quarry and incline, the right hand track is the main branch to Rothwell, in the bushes to the left and right are foundations of the footbridge at this point which spanned 4 tracks and was known locally as the "shaking" bridge, behind us a hundred yards back was Robin Hood station.
Bridge (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the concrete foundations for one end of the "shaking" bridge that spanned four tracks at this place, the two levels of foundation present would locate the first staircase with the other on a turn up to the bridge deck, the fence divides the site from the housing which wasn't there in railway times, to the left of the bridge would be the lines to Rothwell.
Free standing structure (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the other set of foundations on the opposing side with the lines where I am stood.
Free standing structure (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows a free standing structure in the undergrowth within the triangle of lines near Robin Hood station, it is around 3 foot tall with the remains of a continuous barrier around the top, the walls are around a foot thick brick with originally only a small opening at one end, the concrete top is braced underneath with rails and also 9 inches thick, the size is about 12 x 18 foot or so and has rounded comers suggesting it was never adjoined, the inspection pit runs parallel to the main Robin Hood Rothwell lines albeit some 35 foot from them.
Free standing structure (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the view from the opposite corner showing the original small opening and the inspection pit would come across in front of the wall near our feet but is either filled in with earth or stops short.
Free standing structure (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the view on the top but is too moss covered to detect any fastening bolts or such like.
Free standing structure (08-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view from the opposite end with inspection pit just visible far right.
Trackbed (01-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the trackbed approaching the occupation bridge kindly posted some time ago which encouraged me to take photos myself,
the track bottom left is the path from the single line to the low shops, incline etc, the said bridge just out of sight around the corner.
Thompsons bridge (11-09-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
This old Bridge is a occupation bridge crossing the line just short of Rothwell
and is not far away from the triangle that use to take trains to Leeds and in this direction towards Rothwell.
 
Thompsons bridge (11-09-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
This is taken from the other side to say it looks like nothing has been a cross since the lines closure in the 60,s.
Farm vehicles still use it now and then all though it be very slowly as the metal decks on the bridge are in poor shape.
Thompsons bridge (01-05-14) : Paul Needham
This is taken under the occupation bridge listed in the book as being Thompsons bridge, I remember it being numbered in my youth but could find no sign of its remains then I realised it was behind the brambles, No8 as counted back from the bridge near the great northern connection at Lofthouse, there must be something in what people say about lead in paint since its at least 50 years since painted and still quite legible.
Thompsons bridge (23-03-17) : Paul Needham
Thompsons bridge has suffered a minor collapse and will almost certainly be demolished at some point, the track beneath is fenced off with the usual warnings, well its over 100 years old with no maintenance for more than 50 years?, undoubtedly built for horse and cart but used by some huge modern tractors and trailers this result was in the back of your mind seeing them pass overhead, The top rail is double 4 inch angle and was attached to the deck by the lattice sides but these have come away leaving the view seen here.
Thompsons bridge (17-08-17) : Paul Needham
Here is the scene this week after the bridge that was bent had been removed, bridge no 8 I think on the Charlesworths old pit line,
ironically the picture of which on your site motivated me to send you the others, lol.
Trackbed (09-01-14)  Paul Needham
100 yds down cutting from the occupation bridge looking Stourton direction.
Trackbed (09-01-14)  Paul Needham
Further on still, main line carried on on the grassed part towards Rothwell station less than 1/2 mile distant, metalled track is the old spur to Rose pit.
Embankment (23-01-14)  Paul Needham
Embankment to the left of previous trackbed, quite a lot of the former railway concrete fence posts are still evident.
Earthworks (23-01-14)  Paul Needham
The opposite side at this point showing the considerable earthworks for such a relatively flat section.

Rothwell station
Rothwell approach (23-01-14)  Paul Needham
Further on at the approach to Rothwell station, to the left was a short stone wall that resembled a loading dock but I think was only to hold back a higher level of back garden, unless something was built above? there is a signal box on the old plans.
Wood lane bridge (09-01-14)  Paul Needham
Site of wood lane over bridge, road to right of houses is the old station access, a little wider now but in same place, the upright stone flags at edge of pavement on side of road far left middle of view are exactly as they were, the embankment started where they end to this day, the bridge was a later steel and concrete affair easily bigger than a double decker, the book says this is because of upgrading for the now gone container depot on Pontefract lane, this seems unlikely since this line had no direct connection to it and indeed crossed over on a high new bridge.

Rose pit
Rose pit (23-01-14)  Paul Needham
The entrance to Rose pit, the crushed aggregate surface here is almost identical to that at nearby Low shops mine.
The house to the left of the entrance has been extended to the rear quite recently and was clear of the gravel lane in my youth, it and the house to its left are of the same style and even have the exact same stone keystones at the top of all windows and doors at the front, they are both 3 storey which is unusual for the area and its neighbour has the date 1889 cut into one keystone, given all this and their extreme proximity to the entrance its tempting to think they may have been built together for important mine employees.
Rose pit (23-01-14)  Paul Needham
The site of Rose pit, there would be a single storey building on my right which although had no visible power lines " buzzed" non stop like a substation, further on was the pit winding gear and overhead coal chutes to fill 2 lines of trucks i think, there was a tall building further on from the headgear which was open and completely empty, it was even possible to stand on the short gantry that met the cage literally over the shaft with just a thin gate between you and certain death, the same was possible at the Jane pit at Robin hood, ah those wonderful exciting exploring times before health and safety.

Church field lane bridge (09-01-14)  Paul Needham
Site of overbridge church field lane, the fence in front of the houses is the exact length of the embankment and it was a little lower than an old concrete
lamp post at this spot.
Level crossing  (16-01-14)  Paul Needham
The level crossing at the top of Abraham hill, the near set of posts went when the house to my right was built part over the tracks some years ago, all the opposite posts are there even the "in and out" access these old crossings used to have, probably built to access the farmers field the school is built on before access became available through the subsequently built council estate.
Track bed (16-01-14)  Paul Needham
The track bed with the crossing behind us travelling to Stourton, a sort of allotment area was to the left built up some 4' above the track.
Embankment (16-01-14)  Paul Needham
Further on still, the embankment in the distance at the curve has been removed, one could stand there as a boy and be almost on eye level with the first floor windows of the new houses.
Haigh road (16-01-14)  Paul Needham
The site of the bridge over Haigh road, I seem to recall a low-ish set of girder construction with curved ends and corrugated panelling but its been a heck of a long time, stand over the road and you are at the point the picture on page 11 of the book by DL Franks was taken.
Pontefract road (16-01-14)  Paul Needham
The site of the bridge on Pontefract road similar position to the 1894 view on page 14 of the book, the bridge here was over almost the deepest part and had been re-enforced with timber to stop the abutments closing up, this timber was about 15" across ( think mill joists!) it is just about visible in picture 11 in the book in the far distance, there was also a small shop on the edge of the bridge selling sweets etc, its back wall right on the wingwall edge, long way down if you went on the roof, I must confess to a wry smile when I imagine people from another area getting the results of their land search on this newish estate.
Oddys bridge (30-01-14)  Paul Needham
The site of Oddys bridge, the cutting extended from the modern brick wall foreground to around the brown coloured bush left, around 35 yards, the concrete railway posts still here in abundance but only this side, the bridge was a modern affair made of grey I beam with angled I beam uprights set in concrete footings, clad in old sleepers which were arranged so every 8 feet or so they stuck out approx 4 foot beyond the deck to provide a point to fix a wooden diagonal spar to brace the fence wall, this was clad in diamond chain link, most probably a replacement for an older bridge, it was at the deepest part around 50 foot, I had cousins who lived across from it and along with most of the estate were able to cross the bridge on the wrong side of the fence
and even around the stuck out sleepers and spars! my mum banned me from trying this, something I was grateful to hide behind.
Websters bridge (30-01-14)  Paul Needham
The site of Websters bridge, hard to be exact since the approach track has been built upon with a white bungalow , this bridge was a carbon copy of the Oddy one save for being around 20 foot or so tall, as an older boy I did go around the wrong side of the fence to cross but could never face the deep drop of its neighbour.
Cutting (30-01-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view looking back to Rothwell up the "cutting" showing the earthworks involved, the white bungalow can be seen upper left, the book lists this stretch as being 1in 67 and you can see why!
Websters crossing (30-01-14)  Paul Needham
This is the site of Websters crossing, this field behind is level with the trackbed and opposite is almost so, to my right the cutting would start, to my left the embankment, I must confess never to have seen this crossing or any posts but the book has it here, the treeline in the distance is the former Fanny pit site and in the foreground a portion of concrete fence post.
Embankment (06-02-14)  Paul Needham
Embankment further on from Websters crossing looking up towards the Rothwell direction, the white bungalow again just in view.
Trackbed (06-02-14)  Paul Needham
The end of the remaining trackbed on this side of the motorway, the tree line is the M1 with junction 44 to the left, although the farm has a road access to Pontefract road they still use the track bed as can be seen to reach other fields and indeed a 4x4 came up in the distance after we left, the earth bank to the right is just rubble and soil and does not appear original, perhaps an attempt to improve traction, the rest of the trackbed has been lost to agriculture and the M1 has cut a swathe through as well, the M1 also removed a modern concrete bridge on 4 round concrete columns which ironically was very motorway in style that carried the E&W over the cutting for the never used container base built on Pontefract road near the Arla depot years ago.
M1 earthworks (nd) : Paul Needham
A shot of the earthworks for the as yet unbuilt M1 showing on the right the new excavations but on the left the existing cutting for the never used container base link line and in the distance the EWYUR crosses on a modern concrete bridge built over this link line.
Earthworks (20-02-14) : Paul Needham
This shows clearly the M1 over the fence in the distance and is part of the only surviving earthworks from the East and West YUR near the Stourton end, (behind the large tree and down the embankment looking in my direction is the perspective of the photo of the sleeper and chairs on the fanny pit line) the entire field to the right of shot has been reworked and has road access and I believe was a works depot in the road construction, my first impression was the slope down to the tree from the field was purely coincidental then i noticed the stone wall near the tree, this is quite substantial and is to be found along this area and behind to my left, then i realised the "dip" I was stood in was sloping up to the embankment, the track plans show another spur off the E+W down to
the coal yard area near Stourton station and the presence of a stone retaining wall in close proximity to the fanny pit spur convinces me this is it
Embankment (27-02-14) : Paul Needham
This is taken further along embankment and looking towards Stourton on the far left, the stone of the retaining wall for the spur down towards the coal depot can be seen scattered about, (cream dots behind fence, lower centre) vegetation appears to have caused its collapse.
Embankment (27-02-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the end of the embankment looking up the track in the Rothwell direction, it is just possible far left to make out the tracks of the midland line from Leeds, the M1 can clearly be seen but appears closer, the road is actually going into the distance somewhat, the classic embankment profile can clearly be seen, the fanny pit line will have joined the former midland line around here but this is difficult to make out due to the proliferation of saplings to the embankment left. this area where i am stood has been extensively re worked due to a construction camp being in this vicinity for the M1.
Bridge abutment (06-03-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the remaining abutment for the bridge to connect the EWYUR to the midland line at Stourton, to the right is the former midland line, the abutment carried the line over lines running from the inclined plane and coal yard to the coal staithes on the Aire and Calder navigation, the road you see takes their path today, the existing stone bridge to the right performed the same task and was widened from 2 to 4 tracks a long time ago, when i was very young i could not fathom the purpose of the disused abutment as there was no trace whatsoever of the opposite side even footings, the track plans and gradient plans in the book show a second bridge nearer towards the camera , described as a viaduct there was never any trace of that either and we all know how substantial these
things are, given the surrounding site was derelict it seems a lot of work to no purpose.

Stourton station
Retaining wall (27-02-14) : Paul Needham

This shows the retaining wall just to the right of the former Stourton station, the top had quite a substantial metal barrier in its day, think seaside promenade, it was very much in that style, this extended from the brick pillar all the way to the far end, much nicer than the British rail prison style we see to the left, the road was cobbled when I was a boy and a great deal of the surrounding land was covered in grey pit spoil although relatively flat.
Goods entrance (06-03-14) : Paul Needham
This shows what I believe to have been the goods entrance to the former Stourton station, in my youth the road was cobbled all the way up and you can see the remains of this through the fence today, the fence was a more visually appealing wrought iron affair with corresponding iron gate posts, it has always seemed a very grandiose way to access British rail tracks and i believe it was the remains of the goods access, since the station was on an embankment.
Bridge (06-03-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the current bridge taken from approximately under the EWYUR bridge were it still in existence, the rails set in the cobbles and tarmac extended towards the coal yard and inclined plane behind the camera, they extended through the arches to coke ovens, tar works, the copper works and to the right ,to coaling staithes.
Bridge sign (06-03-14) : Paul Needham
This sign is on both sides of the current bridge and showing the extent of the areas former use led to the naming of the bridge which has been retained around 40 years after it all ceased.

Yorkshire Copper Works & coal staithes
Yorkshire copper works (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view through the existing ex midland coke oven bridge, behind the green fence to the right was a line going to Yorkshire copper works, the area where I am stood was the site of various tar and coke works, there are rails still in the ground on this side of the bridge but they are covered by fly tipping at this time so I took this perspective in stead, the track plans show a spur coming off the midland embankment from the right and joining the line beside the fence, there was also a line coming through the left hand arch and turning sharply towards the coal staithes.
Coal staithe branch line (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the retaining wall on the coal staithe branch line, the arches just seen were some small way to the right, I believe the retaining wall was because this site was in use for the various tar and coke works.
Sleeper (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This shows some sleeper detail on the top of the coal staithe embankment , there are a few such remains but this was easiest to capture.
Retaining wall (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the retaining wall further on and from the opposite side to before, it has become higher as the staithe line nears the water and has split into two discernable embankments.
Coal staithe (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the end of one of the coal staithes, it is some small distance from the waters edge, the other is much nearer the water and it is not possible to photograph without a boat!, there are numerous large bolts fixed into the top on both, presumably to attach the kind of large superstructures kindly uploaded elsewhere on this site.
Metal box (13-03-14)  Paul Needham
This shows how flat the terrain is between the two embankments, the steel structure is best described as a metal box like construction, riveted at the corners much like a water tank, no idea of its use, the previous staithe end is to our right-hand side, much of the area is strewn with tar globules of varying size.
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham
This is a piece of the track that used to spur off the former midland line to the Yorkshire copper works, the works is some way in the distance and the bridge to access the coal depot on the former Stourton station some way behind the camera, I wonder if more of the old track survives under the tarmac?
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham
This is looking in the direction of the bridge with a freight train stopped at red to put the area into context.

Robin Hood collieries Jane, Castle & Bye pits branches

Track (31-07-14)  Paul Needham

This is the line leaving the main line just after crossing Robin Hood bridge, the mainline is just beyond the saplings to our left, we are dropping down relative to it to turn right into Charlesworths coal depot ,in the middle of the picture is a green barrier which will be much larger in the next view.
Track (31-07-14)  Paul Needham
Here we are further along, the barrier doesn't really protect a vertical drop as such so don't know why its there,
we come to a fence just beyond this view which is not very photogenic to be fair, this is around a compound built beyond the former yard.
Rail bridge (31-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view looking at the site of the rail over bridge to cross Wakefield road near the halfway house pub, the houses are in the background of the earlier pictures and the trading estate is now part of Charlesworths former coal yard, immediately to our right was a tall brick wall extending quite a distance, the wall was unusual in having areas inset into it at regular intervals rather than just being plain, in every one of these insets was a large painted letter making up the legend j & J Charlesworths, the low wall near the grey transit is of interest as it marks the point the bridge wing wall ended.
Rail bridge (31-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows a more detailed view of the area near the transit, the pointed wall left is the top of a small bridge over a stream, the larger stone blocks to its right are I believe the remains of the bridge, the stone behind is shaped to a point equally from all four sides and must surely be the lowest capping stone from the wing wall, I must admit to never having seen any bridge or remains when I was here as a young boy, I had always supposed the line crossed on the level, I guess I should have looked at the track plans more closely.
Castle pit branch Thorpe lower lane (28-08-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view across the bottom of Thorpe lower lane at the point the level crossing would have crossed with the castle pit branch, the halfway house pub is about 400 yds to our left, the housing covers the former charlesworths jane pit whose shaft I was "lucky" enough to see close up as a young boy, the pit head gear was all in place then although long since closed, the fencing left a lot to be desired though, the grassed area is the grounds of a firm nearby and would have contained sidings years ago.
Castle pit branch to Robin Hood (28-08-14)  Paul Needham
The treeline marks the path of the castle pit branch as it travels down to Robin Hood, the bridge just right of centre carries the M1 over Thorpe lower lane, where the trees end is a field with a strange convex profile which I am convinced marks landfill after possible opencast, the gradient here is harsh and the book makes mention of the gates being shut before a train departed as a precaution against runaways.
Castle pit site (28-08-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view looking up the former trackbed to the site of the castle pit, this branch was built in 1899 and gone by the 1932 survey, amazing to think it still remains as a path, wonder if the dog walkers know what they are using?, still some sleeper indents about.
Castle pit site (28-08-14)  Paul Needham
The view looking the other way from the previous shot, again the gradient strikes you, must have been hell to work.
Castle pit branch trackbed (28-08-14)  Paul Needham
This is further on and the track ends in the aforementioned field, very strange having to go uphill to enter it and it does look un natural, rest of branch removed by the M1 build.
Castle pit road access (04-09-14)  Paul Needham
This is almost certainly the road access to the castle pit, although it appears to be a farm track it is on an embankment at the pit end making farm access quite difficult but the pit area is on the same level hence the assumption.
Castle pit site (04-09-14)  Paul Needham
These show the castle pit site at present day, quite a lot of the characteristic grey spoil is still visible and very little vegetation as compared to the other abandoned former pit sites, must confess to feeling mildly anxious walking with the dog as one is aware in the early 1900's shafts were frequently covered with old rails and sleepers and earth!
Castle pit site (01-08-17)  Samuel Eastwood
There isn't much to see, a small woodland filled with lumps and bumps and piles of brick and stone but there is a discernible rectangle formation that fits a rectangle on OS maps I think it was a reservoir as it fits a rectangle marks Res. See 1952 map on old-maps.co.uk marked as "old reservoir"
Castle pit site (01-08-17)  Samuel Eastwood
The only remains is a bit of narrow gauge rail sticking out of the ground, photo attached.

Armitages quarry branch
Milner lane (07-08-14)  Paul Needham

The line having crossed wakefield road branched towards the Charlesworth jane and bye pit and also to Armitages quarry, these pictures show the quarry branch as it crossed Milner lane adjacent to the M1 which is close by the overgrown brambles, a new housing development occupies the opposite side and between we find what is surely a remarkable scene, 3 of the posts survive along with one of the "kissing gate" parts there are rails still in the ground
and best of all the cobbles that would have prevented carts damaging the track are still there, amazing to think all this survives well over 100 years since opening.
Milner lane (01-08-17)  Samuel Eastwood
The first photo looking south, both gate post on the left are still there but I don't know about on the right as the hedge is thick and high,
on the second photo I scrapped of the gravel with my boot to show that the near rail is till there as well.
 
Thorpe lower lane (07-08-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the sole remaining buildings on the quarry site on this side of Thorpe lower lane, the branches around Ardsley ( now dolphin) lane are lost to new road alignments and housing.
Track bed (07-08-14)  Paul Needham
This shows where the railway came out of the main quarry site ( over the road in distance) to cross the top of Thorpe lower lane and access some more buildings and a small quarry, the gap in the wall to allow this subsequently became the road access to part of the site , the blue item is part of a dumped fibreglass boat mould.
Building (07-08-14)  Paul Needham
this is the building on site at this side of Thorpe lower lane, for reference the boat mould is behind me, I must confess to passing this derelect building many times over the years and being puzzled as to its use, its quite substantial and really deserves to be a house, of course being part of the quarry the stone would have been quite cheap.

Rothwell Haigh colliery Beeston pit & Low Shops pit spur
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham

This is view looking at the point 6 lines crossed this trading estate road to go into Rothwell Haigh colliery Beeston pit, the pit was some way to the left and behind camera, the tall factory far right is the former? RAFA works whose boundary fence is still curved when viewed from Google earth showing this building to have been erected whilst the pit was still in use, travelling up the A61 bell hill to the former tram shed and jaw bones the pit was easily seen to the left, it had the winding gear clad in brick as frequently seen with J and J Charlesworths picked out on white on the side, a short row of terrace houses was nearby, all long gone sadly.
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham
This is taken looking up wood lane in the direction of Rothwell, tramshed and jaw bones some distance behind camera, the car is just coming out of the line from the top of the incline that travelled under the road and was bounded by the former hospital now the new build estate seen right, the road dipped a little more than now making bus passengers bounce up on their seats, a shallow cutting housed a cylindrical horizontal water tank? on two brick pillars just at the side of the bridge backing onto the hospital railings.
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view looking up the trackbed in the direction of the bridge, the point where the dark grey dirt path ends centre image is the edge of the pavement, no bridge parapets or footings remain unfortunately although I'm quite sure there was a large pipe at the side of the bridge which is there today under the earth as you walk out of the end, far right in distance was the water tower?
Track (03-04-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the trackbed as it levelled out farther on, the former hospital site now estate is in the same area and to the right of the pylon is the spur to the low shops pit site, the line of trees to the left marks the line well.

Fanny Pit
Entrance (13-02-14)  Paul Needham
The entrance to the former fanny pit, nationalised in the mid 40's and closed around 1986, I seem to recall reading it was the last of the former Charlesworths pits to close, there is a picture of the sinkers gang putting in a shaft in Rothwell Morrisons by the way, and there is quite a lot of further information on the Rothwell country park site which is its present use, according to the monument used to mark its location the pit head is in the far distance left past the green gate.
Embedded tracks (13-02-14)  Paul Needham
This shows two lines still left on site embedded in concrete, the one nearest the camera is standard gauge and leaves the straight to curve in my direction, the one to the right is 3' 1" between and also leaves the straight to curve this way, these are both some distance from a curious monument supposedly at the pit head, pity about the moss obscuring most of the detail.
Trackbed (13-02-14)  Paul Needham
This is the track bed of the line from the Fanny pit towards Stourton and is looking back towards the pit, notice the line of the cutting to the right becoming deeper, the E/WYUR line from Rothwell is approximately 200-400 yards right from the top of the cutting, the edge of the cutting abounds with small pieces of coal no doubt dropped over many years.
Trackbed (13-02-14)  Paul Needham
This is the same trackbed at a point near the M1 motorway, it is looking back towards the earlier shot and the motorway embankment is just behind me, the current main line (formerly the midland railway) adjoins this disused pit line and is separated by an old wooden fence at this point. notice through the saplings to the right how deep the cutting has become since the last picture.
Sleeper and chairs (20-02-14) : Paul Needham
This shows a sleeper and chairs remnant on the fanny pit line at the opposite side of the M1 to the previous pictures, the only reason I took the photo was because of the sleeper, I had supposed the reason I was on level ground to the right near the top of the embankment was because it had been disturbed by the motorway building, however upon closer inspection of the track plans in the book I believe I am standing on the spur which came from the fanny pit line up and onto the East and West Yorkshire line which is at the top of the embankment a short way to my left. incidentally the chair not covered in moss is SR branded.

Low Shops pit
Junction (10-04-14) : Paul Needham

This is the line to low shops pit standing at the junction with the main line, the pylon to my left is the same as seen in the other pictures, the farmers track centre image is the trackbed to the pit and curves around to the left to follow the trees.
Embankment (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the site of the embankment removed presumably by the farmer to ease access but, since he only travels along it and does not come on to it at any point except where it it is level to the field it does seem a lot of work for no result, the triangle of lines is well beyond here and low shops junction a little behind and to my left.
Trackbed (10-04-14) : Paul Needham
This is further along at the point where the curve starts , the pit was inside the trees.
Pit entrance (10-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the pit entrance today, the tarmac road is low shops lane Rothwell, unusually these days the developer has kept the name, so much nicer having a link to the past in this way than some other invented name, low shops lane was cobbled right up to wood lane and on the right travelling down it were very low rhubarb shed type buildings on the farmers field, beyond the anti motorcycle gate the path and edge of the field are strewn with remains of the pits access road, very much of the type of rough gravel seen at rose pit, I have never seen pit buildings on site here even in my youth the odd sleeper lies in the dirt a testament to its former glory.
Stream (10-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows old rail detail on a small stream that enters the site.
Trackbed (17-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the line from on the far right, just after the low shops junction to on the far left, near to the branch forking off to the quarry, an embankment used to occupy this scene but has been removed, no idea why as it didn't impede farm access, however the trees give a good impression of its former extent.
Trackbed (17-04-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view looking towards the bridge on Haigh road, the new estate in the far distance being a common focal point, the line of concrete posts to our right clearly show the boundary, the line of trees and bushes to the left show the opposite side of the old trackbed, it appears wider than one would suppose as a branch to a quarry came off here to the left side and carried on behind me under an area now built over by various firms.
Trackbed (17-04-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view if one turns about 180 degrees from the previous direction, the trackbed snakes around in an S formation and becomes raised, somewhere along the S shape it becomes 3 tracks for a while, the line of the overgrown embankment clearly visible against the ploughed field.
Embankment(01-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the line as it forms an embankment from in the far distance the quarry spur to the far left as it approaches the crossing gate posts from the farmers access to these fields, the line went briefly to 3 tracks here probably to incorporate sidings to make up trains from the various junctions aroundabout.
Trackbed (17-04-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view from around the far side of the S at the point where it briefly becomes level with the field, the two muddy wheel tracks neatly identify the now single track as it passes between two rows of trees (not easy to make out from here) the raised field to the far right was the former quarry and landfill has given it a characteristic convex shape, centre image is a concrete gatepost from the former crossing here, now barely two feet remaining above ground as a guide to the change in levels since the quarry was filled.
Concrete gate post (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the concrete gate post at trackside with the other post from the "kissing gate" nearby, the field to the right being the former quarry, when I was a boy this area was much flatter although the quarry was a rough field then too.
Concrete gate post (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the other post at other side of the track, they controlled access from a dirt road in the direction of the left hand tree which came out on Wakefield road between the angel pub and jaw bones road junction, the quarry had a branch which also crossed this dirt road although i have never seen any posts or traces of its existence.
Single line (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the single line as it passed beyond the crossing, the dirt tracks are as seen in an earlier view and pass between the trees as mentioned earlier, the raised portion in the distance would not have been there before as this line drops steadily into a cutting.
Cutting (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
This is the other side of the raised portion no doubt added by the farmer to make crossing the track easier, the depth of cutting in such a short distance being quite pronounced, we are travelling towards the triangle of lines near to Robin Hood station.
Cutting (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
Further on still as the line twists in an S shape, the cutting sides are filled with the stone strata that made them site the quarry near here.
Concrete distance post (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
Almost missed this as I had thought it was long since gone, this is the remains of a concrete distance post, I think the iron top read 1/4 mile and was right angled and visible from two sides , I have a small fragment of the iron that was all that remained about 15 years ago.
Cutting (24-04-14) : Paul Needham
The cutting is becoming shallower and we are almost at the triangle of lines, to the left went Rothwell and to the right Robin Hood.
Cutting (01-05-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the view looking from the end of the cutting as the line branches right to Robin Hood and the junction with the main Rothwell route, behind the bush to my left the area is less entangled possibly because it is made up of flat stone like found in the nearby quarry, this was never apparent for years due to the gravel track ballast and must have made forming this wide triangle junction very testing for the navvies.

Charlesworths inclined plane
Charlesworths inclined plane (19-03-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view on Charlesworths inclined plane , this was reputedly worked by sending down full wagons whilst bringing up empties, this line was in use to transport coal to the staithes previously seen before the rest of the network was built, a single track hump back bridge with a stone marking its date and named "the cinder oven bridge" was on Pontefract road near the present Arla depot, the white buildings seen in the distance beyond the M1 are the same depot, the building of this firm has removed all trace of this route on the opposite side of the motorway.
Shortened stretch of incline (19-03-14) : Paul Needham
This is a view further up this now shortened stretch of incline, another factory is built on the level area at the top beside wood lane and there are no traces of the undoubtedly substantial foundations needed for the wire rope's pivot assembly.
Shortened stretch of incline (19-03-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view to the left of previous shots showing better the gradient encountered on this two track route.
Shortened stretch of incline (19-03-14) : Paul Needham
This is the view to the right of the incline.
Cinder Oven bridge (nd) : Paul Needham
Here are 2 pictures of the now gone cinder oven bridge whilst new M1 link in process of building, one is a close up of the parapet and date of construction, also between the bridge and the existing ex midland line is a line of trees suggesting the lower end of EWYUR embankment still in place at this time , the other view is from the new link road now Pontefract lane showing both its new level and the route of the inclined plane down beneath the cinder oven road bridge and into to days cinder oven rail bridge.

Victoria pit/pumping engine branch
Victoria pit/pumping engine branch (27-03-14) : Paul Needham
This is the branch from the top level of the charlesworths incline to the Victoria pit ,later pumping engine , here we are about 100 yards or so from the incline, the houses to the right are an estate on wood lane at Rothwell previous to this the line is a narrower footpath over a ploughed field, the branch carries on through the fenced opening to stop motorcycles and then begins to curve gently to the right.
Note : Mike Wing (18-06-14) Wood Lane crossing.
Paul Needham posed a question asking if he had discovered the site of a crossing on Wood Lane of the line to the Victoria Pumping House.
My research suggests that this crossing was a little closer to the Jaw bones than Paul suggests and that it passed diagonally through what is now the Allotment site on Wood Lane. If you view the area via the Google Satellite there is a path shown from the top of Back Haigh Avenue running behind the new Houses on Haigh Gardens.
This I believe is the route that the line in question took after it had crossed the allotments. http://tithemaps.leeds.gov.uk/  has a 1910 map of the area.
See also Google maps https://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=53.756939,-1.493017&spn=0.001958,0.00379&t=h&z=19&source=gplus-ogsb

Wood Lane crossing (10-07-14) : Paul Needham
Investigation with old maps has confirmed Mike Wing's theory. This photo shows the trackbed continuing past the first motorcycle barrier towards another one ,and beyond the last tree on the left in curves to the right to cross what is now an allotment on Haigh road.
 
Haigh road (23-10-14)  Paul Needham
Here is the view across the crossing point on Haigh road, it is indeed correct as has been suggested that the line crossed around here, I have consulted the 1900 and 1932 maps at our local library, it was gone by the 1932 edition, the tall tree to the right of the terrace is the same seen at the far distance in previous view, we are roughly 120' from there and looking back towards our previous position, as I knew the hedge here was quite overgrown and had changed little since I was a child I was hopeful of finding remains inside it of the former use but sadly not, behind are allotments, the new build to our right was formerly an underground reservoir.
Victoria pit/pumping engine branch (27-03-14) : Paul Needham
This shows the view behind the next row of terraces to the crossing one, the line veered left to right here somewhere into the allotments over the hedge , interestingly behind the signpost ahead is a railway goods wagon in slight disrepair, a number of years ago there was quite an outcry locally over the Victoria school ( over fence to the extreme right) as someone had just found out there was a pit here and they were concerned as to its whereabouts and how it had been filled.

Robin Hood to Patrick Green & River Calder (Colliery line)
Track bed (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Looking North from the Lofthouse and Methley joint line looking at the over bridge now filled in as you can see this is canal lane bridge with Baker lane running down to the right hand side of the photo and Anerhine drive behind me.
Canal lane Bridge (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Canal lane Bridge with the line heading straight onto Lofthouse colliery as a second route and the line I have photographed heading on right from the bridge this been the reason why the bridge is so long in length so it can handle the lines or so what I can make out.
Track bed (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Track bed North of Canal lane looking towards the Rothwell direction.
Tunnel (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Tunnel under track bed carrying a small river the tunnel being two brick thick lining and stone walls to the bottom.
Cutting (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Part infilled cutting with lots of industrial tipping this been the only part of the cutting that looks somewhat of a railway as most of the cuttings indeed the line has been subject to industrial infill or movement.
Gate posts (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Two old stone gate posts over the railway which are hidden well away from view in the summer months.
Tunnel (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Entrance to the tunnel and to get a idea of the size and shape of the thing me and friends had to dig a bit away to get a fair idea of things and for photos we have named it Lofthouse hill as there is no information as this is a tunnel or a over bridge.
Tunnel (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
The tunnel interior and it is well and truly blocked and is used by a family of foxes by the looks of things.
Embankment (27-08-08) Luke Bennett / Ben Wildey
Old railway embankment north of the tunnel which just falls short of the M62 Motorway and would appear to have carried on here and joined up to a line on a triangle at Rothwell this line can be followed on google earth from canal lane north over the fields and over M62 you just have to follow the line of trees and bushes that can be seen from the birds eye view on google earth.
Newmarket branch (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view as we enter the start of the Newmarket branch, we are curving gently away from the Robin hood line at this point , a photo of the actual junction is rendered difficult due to the trees.
Trackbed (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
A few yards further along Newmarket curve we can look back and see the extensive spoil heaps created by the wire rope transit system whose foundations are shown on here.
Trackbed (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
This is further along Newmarket curve and the single trackbed can more easily be recognised.
Becket lane bridge (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
This I had thought to be an occupation bridge but in the book and on old maps of 1908 this is listed as Becket lane bridge, a dirt track ran from Wakefield road under here to the village of Carlton near the former queens pub, the abutments are quite well preserved and would no doubt have appeared taller back then as the fields have changed somewhat.
Trackbed (29-05-14)  Paul Needham
This is now the end of the trackbed here, it would have gone on level to fields with a crossing listed near here but agriculture has reclaimed it,
Cemetary lane (05-06-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the bridge abutment over the lane to Carlton taken from the robin hood side, the track from the ending in the middle of a field to the top of the abutment is lost to agriculture now, I cant decide if the mural opposite is just a defacement of the residuary board's white notice or not.
Trackbed (05-06-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view down the trackbed from the top of the facing abutment in the previous picture, the line used to curve slightly to our right and enter a cutting, the green visible upper centre is where this has been infilled and grassed.
Trackbed (05-06-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the end of the track as it enters the field, the horizon marks the road level we would have travelled under and give a guide to the cuttings former depth.
Trackbed (05-06-14)  Paul Needham
Not sure if I'm supposed to walk this path but this is the line of the former branch, a bungalow has been built this side of the bridge site and we would have been in cutting not so many years ago.
Green lane (05-06-14)  Paul Needham
This is looking back towards my previous location, the brick parapet forming a substantial garden wall nowadays, the side over the left wall is still cutting surprisingly.
Ouzelwell green lane (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view over the other parapet on Ouzelwell green lane, pleasantly surprised to find the cutting still there given opposite side is long gone, the saplings are taller than the bridge!
Ouzelwell green lane (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view from the cutting from the other side, the white house top centre is next to the bridge and to the left of this one can just make out the brick parapet through the undergrowth.
Trackbed (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is from further on and at track level, the cutting levels out behind me and peoples gardens have been extended into it.
Ouzelwell green lane  (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the crossing posts and gate on Ouzelwell green lane at the point where the cutting levels out not far from the previous shot, the gate could be a farmers gate that post dates the lines closure, I'm not sure, what is unusual is that in addition to these gates there are also a set next to the line as is more customary, I had thought the farmer had moved them from the line to a better place to restrict entry to his field but I remember seeing them as a small boy in the late sixties on trips to Wakefield with my mum so perhaps not.
Ouzelwell green lane (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
These are the remains of the gate posts adjacent to the line.
Ouzelwell green lane (03-07-14)  Paul Needham
I'm stood in the area of the former level crossing, the line beyond would have been on an embankment rising to the level of the distant M62 motorway, the buildings to the left occupy the site of a small sidings to the oil and grease works and a large single arch brick viaduct would have spanned the road to Lee Moor, the edge of the field gives a guide to the track formation here.
Coal line (17-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the view looking along the former embankment , this was a considerable earthwork going from level behind me to cross the road to lee moor near to the short terrace facing us, a substantial single arch bridge with painted advertising carried the branch over and it then curved to our right to cross where the M62 is now and join up to the previous pic, its hard to believe an embankment was ever here now, it must have been taken away to build the motorway, excellent period views exist on Stanley history online .com, look under lee moor photos to see the bridge and embankment as they once were.
Castlegate lane (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the view across the crossing looking towards Castlegate lane, the branch to Royds green lower ministry of food and later Waddingtons to my left has been swept away by the enlarging of the test centre and trading estate, not sure if the gate opposite is railway made or a later edition but it looks the part, most of the posts are it situ save the one on the floor nearest the camera, the track carried on to the right to Newmarket.
Trackbed (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is looking down the track towards Newmarket, the single remaining gate of previous picture is to our left, the muddied track in foreground is farm access, very easy to mix up the two.
Trackbed (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the trackbed further along, in the distance is a small house next to a presumably farm crossing, at this point we are just beyond the branch to Swithens pit.
Farm/occupation crossing (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the farm/occupation crossing, the previous view was to the right here.
Trackbed (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the continuing trackbed along the property of the small house which they very kindly although somewhat puzzled allowed me to take the lorry and other vehicles are parked on the former course of Castlegate lane, the junction of which had a level crossing, in all of these views the trackbed is still contained behind typical concrete railway fence posts.
Trackbed (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
At first glance a somewhat confusing scene, we are stood on the track line, the line of kerb stones just rear of the lorry marks the edge of the road as it curves across in front of us to form a crossroads which the railway crossed on a level crossing, no posts or other clues are to be found and the road far left now uses the former lines cutting, the railway carried on straight through this view and the road became raised up behind the vehicles to our right.
Trackbed (10-07-14)  Paul Needham
The road raised to the right behind the trees is its former path, this newer deviation was built in the former railway cutting around the early 1970's as we had a field trip from Rothwell Secondary Modern which visited this site as the nearby M62 was being built, the road to Wakefield running across the bottom of shot previously went uphill to join the old road, this can still be seen although now a short cul de sac, the railway carried on under Wakefield road in a deep cutting with stone abutments supporting grey steel girder decks, an interesting footnote, the earthworks to our left are obviously much wider now and contain mostly rough grass, the earthworks to our right contain mostly the kind of brambles we are all familiar with, suggesting they keep the former railways path.
Cutting (17-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the in filled cutting on the other side of Wakefield road looking towards the bridge , the cutting behind me could have been shallow but would need to deepen considerably to pass under Newmarket lane, again this was with metal sided single spans on stone abutments.
Bridge (17-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the view looking at where the bridge would have been across Newmarket lane, long after the branch had closed this was still used to store coal wagons for the pit, you could just make them out in the depths as you passed above on a cycle if you stood up, presumably the Newmarket pit was also responsible for keeping open this end of the Methley joint railway as well.
Cutting (17-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the view looking along the cutting which I was surprised to find still in existence, strange how one side is in filled and the other not, the amount of earth removed to lower Wakefield road must have been placed in the former , the cutting carries on to the pit site becoming level here, tree felling was taking place to build the new Wakefield trinity rugby stadium and I was told this cutting is to become an access road for this.
Cutting (05-03-15)  Paul Needham
This shows the cutting as of march 2015, an access road is being constructed across it to reach warehouse units built on the former Newmarket pit site, the infill and gradient woodworks are visible far centre.
Cutting (05-03-15)  Paul Needham
We are standing at the cuttings lefthand edge having moved forward of previous shot, the road bisects the old line and its former course travels on beyond and through the trees, to our left the road adjoins Methley lane and right curves into the former pit site now extensive warehousing, This point would have been inaccessible before due to tree growth.
Cutting (05-03-15)  Paul Needham
Here we are beyond the road and the former railway has exited the cutting and is at the pit site on level ground, it would have fanned out here quite a bit, the moss covered sleeper to our left is of a length commensurate with points use and the actual pit site just beyond the trees.

Nagger line

Lime Pit Lane (10-07-14)  Paul Needham

This is the locally called "Nagger line" which ran from Lofthouse colliery to the navigation at Stanley bottom, we are looking in the direction of Lofthouse as the rails cross Lime Pit Lane Stanley Wakefield, this line pre-dates the pits connection to both the great northern and Charlesworths lines by some years according to the information board at the colliery site, to our left is the location of the deep drop mine made notorious by the 1890 something explosion, this is now a nature reserve and walk.

Newmarket Colliery Branch
Newmarket Colliery c1955 : c/o Michael Kaye (photographer unknown)

The photograph was taken from Charlesworth East Signal Box c1955.
48 055 is heading towards Cutsyke on the Up line, in the background is the Prince of Wales colliery stack.
Newmarket Colliery (09-10-14)  Paul Needham
This is on the side of the Methley joint at a point on or abouts the short white vertical post seen in the above 1955 B/W picture trackside near to photographer.
 
Newmarket Colliery (25-09-14)  Paul Needham
Difficult almost to believe but this is the same view as above photo (1955 c/o Michael kaye) although his is elevated suggesting the signal box mentioned was used as a vantage point, to the left of his picture the siding from Newmarket joins the methley joint at somewhat of an angle, as witnessed by the fence posts and there is no sign of the junction nearer Stanley station, today I am having to stand more to the left of the former shot or you would see only trees, the only brickwork on the track edge anywhere around here is near my feet, stumps of former telegraph posts are in the trees in front of me, again I can see no sign of the first junction Stanley side and although it is hard to see, if you follow the surfaced path of the Methley joint into the distance right at the furthest extent of sight is a small clearing to the left, this is where the bench is sited at the point where the other junction joins us, there is a wooden structure in the frees on our side too which I think could be the light coloured post near the telegraph post to the right of the 1955 shot, the chimneys far right are still there but you need to move a lot to our right to see them, the pylons and slag heap are long gone.
Newmarket Lane (04-10-10) : Philip Myers
The Remaining track Newmarket Colliery.
Junction with Methley - Lofthouse joint railway (25-09-14)  Paul Needham
This is the junction of Charlesworths Newmarket later Silkstone colliery with the Methley joint rly, the surfaced path far right is the Methley joint which has been made into a Sustrans type route, at the end of the green field is some scrub running left to right, this is pit line which would then curve towards us and occupy the brambles I am stood in as various sidings joined the Methley joint, for want of a better description this junction is the nearer of the two to Stanley station.
Junction with Methley - Lofthouse joint railway (25-09-14)  Paul Needham
This is the other junction of the Newmarket colliery, best described as the one nearest Methley in relative terms. this picture is the point where the sidings would have joined the Methley joint which today is the surfaced path to our right, behind us the former line would have curved onto the vast colliery site but today due to its reclamation this is the only part left in a condition that relates to its former guise

Newmarket colliery Cringleworth staithes
Trackbed (18-08-14)  Paul Needham
This is the trackbed on the spur from Newmarket pit to the Cringleworth coal staithes on the calder, the site boundary is to our left and the line curves to the right in the distance.
Trackbed (18-08-14)  Paul Needham
This is the track further on from previous shot, the narrow tarmac path is the Methley joint railway bed, there would have been a bridge here to go under the Methley joint and continue to the staithes, the point beyond here is much changed as pit spoil was deposited along this area to quite a degree, said to be as a flood defence.
Bridge abutments (09-10-14)  Paul Needham
This is the bridge abutments on the Methley joint railway a few hundred yards towards Methley from the Newmarket coal staithes crossing, nice stone abutments in good order, most probably riveted steel deck back in the day, the track is a green lane that links to bottom boat main street.
Coal staithes (18-08-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the timber columns from a loading stage, clearly they would have extended some way out into the Calder.
Coal staithes (18-08-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the remains of a stone staithe much the same as found at the Stourton end of Charlesworths coal empire.

Nelson pit
Nelson pit site (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the entrance to the nelson pit site which is on the Rothwell side of the Newmarket complex, its also a farm road as you can see, look into the trees to our right and you can make out a street lamp used to light the works car park on this side of Methley lane, its top is now twisted by the trees branches, in front of this car park was a kind of "hounds tooth" wall picked out in white and seen on many old photos, the road swings to the left in the distance to go into the nelson site, the rails across Metley lane are about 30 yards to our right on the main road.
Trackbed (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
We are looking down the aforementioned rails in the direction of Newmarket pit, the lane over the fence is to the farm named on the sign, this side of the fence is the nelson pit site and where the rails are heading.
Access road (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
Here is the access road further along, it curves to the right in the distance to enter the old nelson pit site now some sort of stables but no buildings remain , the rails are behind and to our right and their presence is now lost perhaps removed, the area just off the road in front is more car parking, to our left at an angle was a long siding on the plans.
Trackbed (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
This is the track bed of that siding, the fence far distant is to prevent motor bikes and such like and immediately the other side is the road shown previous.
Trackbed (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
Turn around 180' from the previous view and this is what you see, in the distance you come to the embankment for the dual carriageway to Wakefield.
Slurry pit (02-10-14)  Paul Needham
Here are some remains of probably a slurry pit, the concrete overgrown part centre holds back water in a small pond beyond, to its left is the trackbed previous.
NB, the rails across the road picture see above photo from Philip Myers.

Swithens & Spencer Pit Branch
Junction (24-07-14)  Paul Needham
Here we are stood at the start of the branch to Spencer and Swithens pits, the Newmarket branch is just out of shot over my left shoulder, we are looking at the crossing gates and beyond them Castlegate lane , the two posts are covered in ivy and easy to miss, they are located between two more crossings on the main branch near to the former ministry of food depot, it does appear from this vantage point that the line would have crossed the road into the contemporary gates of the riding stables but there is no trace of it beyond these gates until quite a bit beyond the M62, there are brickwork remains on this side suggestive of a small gatehouse.
Trackbed (24-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is to days view looking back towards the M62 whose route is just beyond the line of trees left to right, the small mound is convenient as it is the approximate location of Spencer pit, this area was opencast in the 60's with walking draglines so although the farm track is in the right area, all will be re constituted.
Trackbed (24-07-14)  Paul Needham
This shows the trackbed from just beyond the crossing of dragon lane, I was told by a chap also walking his dog who was somewhat surprised to find me peering into the undergrowth around here that this was never a crossing with gates, the lane crosses left to right with the previous view beyond
Trackbed (24-07-14)  Paul Needham
If we turn 180' from before we see the former trackbed as it continues towards Swithens farm, this part has actually been widened a little and designated a continuation of Swithens street, the chap also said ordnance was stored along the trackside during the last war and that he used to work on the opencasting and he confirmed my memory of seeing walking draglines in huge craters alongside this trackbed when I was a small boy on walks here with my father, the line swept around to our left shortly before the farm going beyond the pit into a siding.
Sidings (24-07-14)  Paul Needham
This is the end of the sidings here I believe, its in the right place, has those brambles found mainly on railway beds and would appear to have no other purpose amongst the otherwise rolling hill landscape, a footpath goes along the top and as a young boy I walked along it and encountered a single storey brick building nearer the farm, this had porcelain wash house fittings still on the walls and the chap I met said it was part of the pit pony stabling for the mine, it lasted in situ for a great many years, being visible from all over Rothwell as it is on a hill, how I wish I had gone back with a camera before the present Swithens farm expanded.

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