Landmark honours area’s mining past

Old pit tub is lifted into position at Dronfield Station
Old pit tub is lifted into position at Dronfield Station
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A LANDMARK honouring 400 years of mining history in a corner of North Derbyshire was hoisted into position by crane – watched by enthusiasts keen to capture the moment on camera.

Rail and history buffs snapped away as a restored mining truck was put in place outside Dronfield Station as a ‘fitting reminder’ of the area’s past.

Michael Muntus, of The Friends of Dronfield Station, said: “Members had been searching hard for a few years for the truck, looking in scrapyards and around old colliery sites.

“The truck, known as a pit tub, was eventually found at a scrapyard and we also sourced a small amount of old track to stand it on.”

The truck has been installed on its track outside the station.

The area has also been planted with shrubs and wildflower seeds by the friends group.

The Friends of Dronfield Station was formed to campaign for improved services through the town, which is on the Sheffield to Chesterfield main line.

Members have continued to help look after the station after an hourly service began serving the station more than two years ago.

Passenger numbers using Dronfield station have soared by an impressive 30 per cent in the last year alone, the Friends say.

The station is now used by 500 passengers a day, up from 200, which is a 150 per cent rise since the service was launched at the end of 2008.

The pit tub at Dronfield Station is to have an official launch in the next fortnight.

On Friday, June 10, at 5.30pm at the station there will be an unveiling ceremony attended by the Mayor of Dronfield.

Several other dignitaries including North East Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel, who is a supporter of the Friends of Dronfield Station’s campaign, will also be there.

The group’s annual general meeting takes place on the same evening, from 7.30pm at Gosforth Lodge, Cliff Park, Dronfield.