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This video includes locations in an area where the former Lancashire & Yorkshire railway is accompanied in places by the Aire and Calder Navigation (Knottingley and Goole Canal section) and paralleled by the M62 motorway. It also follows the 1885 chord to the Hull and Barnsley Railway which had closed in 1959 but reopened in 1972 to give access to Drax power station. Reaching the power station entailed a new chord line and reopening of a short stretch of the North Eastern Railway's Selby to Goole Branch which had closed in 1964. At the end of the video is a short visit to the Doncaster north chord which was under construction in 2014

Sudforth Lane Signal Box controlled both a level crossing and access to Kellingley Colliery which was still open at the date of filming. OS Map.

High Eggborough Crossing where High Eggborough Lane crosses the railway was operated by a crossing keeper who obtained permission from Sudforth Lane when required. It has since been converted to CCTV operation.OS Map.

Snaith & Pontefract Highway lies on the A645 to the west of Hensall. Hensall signal box monitors the automatic half barrier operation here.OS Map.

Hensall signal box controls the level crossing at Hensall station. It is listed Grade II. OS Map.

Heck Lane Crossing is a former resident crossing keeper crossing named after Heck Lane which runs northward from the railway. To the south the road is designated New Road. The signaller obtained permission from Hensall when road traffic required to cross. It has since been converted to CCTV operation. OS Map.

West Bank Hall Crossing is located on the Hull and Barnsley line on the section that reopened in 1972. OS Map.

Linwith Lane Crossing is located on the Hull and Barnsley line on the section that reopened in 1972. OS Map.

Haywood Crossing is located on the Lancashire and Yorkshire line from Knottingley to Doncaster. OS Map.

Thorpe Crossing is located on the Doncaster North Chord line. OS Map.

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Video Credits

Filmed by: Richard Pulleyn
Still Pictures by: Richard Pulleyn, Dafydd Whyles, Chris Wolstenholmes, Neil Mackay
Filmed 0n: 9 April 2014
Narrator: Richard Pulleyn
Signallers: Peter Arnett (High Eggborough), Neil Jakeman (Sudforth Lane)
Video Editor: George Duncan

Key Chronology

1848 Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway opened their line from Wakefield to Goole including stations at Whitley Bridge and Hensall.
1875 Hensall signal box opened.
1885 Hull, Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway & Dock opened including a link to the L&Y from Hensall Junction to Gowdell Junction and a station at Carlton (Towers).
1905 Hull, Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway & Dock adopted the simpler name of Hull and Barnsley Railway.
1922 Carlton station renamed Carlton Towers.
1922 Hull & Barnsley Railway absorbed by the North Eastern Railway.
1931 Carlton Towers station closed.
1937 Hensall signal box lever frame replaced.
1959 Hull and Barnsley Railway closed.
1972 Hensall signal box lever frame largely replaced by an IFS panel to facilitate access to Drax.
Hensall Junction to Drax section of Hull & Barnsley Railway reopened.
1965 Kellingley Colliery started production.
2014 Kellingley Colliery ceased productionSudforth Lane and Hensall signal boxes closed with the line resignalled and control transferred to Ferrybridge.
2016 Kellingley Colliery ceased production.


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