Letter: Reopening Klondike
This letter sent to the Star was written by Stephen Gay, Clipstone Road, Darnall, S9
I would like to congratulate Frank Newell and Paul Wright in their effort and commitment with the opening of the new Freightliner railhead depot, at the former Tinsley Marshalling Yard (The Star, May 10).
Regarding the terminal, could I make a suggestion about the route these long container trains make?
Coming from the Doncaster direction, they branch at Aldwarke Junction and soon share the already busy lines with Northern Trains and Tram-Trains through the Rotherham area.
Surely a better option would be to reopen the now closed line from Treeton, through Catcliffe and have their own dedicated line into the new terminal.
By awakening the railway sleepers through Catcliffe who knows what future railway development could follow?
The possibility of new passenger trains would help with the ever expanding business and housing developments in and around the Waverley area.
My accompanying poem is to complement this letter and is a brief history of this particular line.
Reopen Klondike not the Canadian goldfields of the 1890s – Klondike was the nickname given by locals to Catcliffe station, for its bleak and lofty location.
Finally regarding the recent local elections Frank Newall and Paul Wright would get my vote always for their green credentials.
The Sheffield District Railway was authorised in 1896
And opened in May 1900 by the Duke of Portland
Complete with ceremonial luncheon
Lord Mayor, 400 guests, an occasion so very grand
At three and half miles, not the longest route ever constructed
From Brightside to Treeton via Tinsley and Catcliffe
Over the Rother and Don
Also with a short goods branch to Attercliffe
A line with two stations at Catcliffe and Tinsley Road
Basic buildings and platforms to lessen the weight
Standing high above ground
Their structures shaking with every passing freight
The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway
Up until 1907 were the routes joint creator
Followed by the Great Central
Until the LNER came along sixteen years later
Passenger services were discontinued in 1939
With renamed West Tinsley, Catcliffe aka Klondike
Both closing down
Lack of usage and Catcliffe’s location and long hike
The official opening of Tinsley Yard came in 1965
With new track remodelling construction and design
Back then a modern railway
Now is the time to reopen Klondike and its line