Train buffs’ Sheffield treat

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RAIL enthusiasts went on a tour of freight lines around Sheffield and north Nottinghamshire which have been closed to passengers for several decades.

UK Railtours organised a trip on Saturday to High Marnham and Tinsley, on Saturday, taking an excursion train along a line through the former north Nottinghamshire coalfield to the old High Marnham Power Station, in the Trent Valley, which is now used by Network Rail’s Rail Innovation and Development Centre.

The tour also took in the line between Shireoaks and Doncaster, close to Maltby Colliery, which was closed to passengers in 1929, then through Doncaster, Mexborough and Rotherham, to Tinsley Marshalling Yards.

Orgsanisers said: “A reversal at Tinsley enabled us to traverse the very recently re-instated curve from Shepcote Lane to Broughton Lane Junction, believed until recently to be closed but now proved to be not.”