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Brampton Branchline

Postby MartynAhoy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:15

Hi everyone!

I'm a new member and thought I would get started with something I'm increasingly more interested in! I realise this has been mentioned in other posts (which I've really enjoyed reading) but I thought I'd post some more recent pictures.

I went for a wander the other day on the old Brampton Branchline bridge next to 'The Range' and got a few snaps. I'm going back for more at some point but it was pleasing to see the track still in-situ.

It's been great reading about the old railways in Chesterfield in the other posts - I'm hooked! thanks everyone :)

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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby leeg » Mon Dec 31, 2012 14:22

Hi and welcome to the forum.

You too braved the weather and the bridge huh? Little hidden gems those lines on the bridge aren't they - quite a nice surprise to have been left in situ.

It is my understanding that the missing portion of the span (Lordsmill Street as was) was removed as Network rail didn't want to pay for it's maintenance so was deemed cheaper to have it removed. Shortsighted action now that funds are available to open the Brampton Branchline track bed as a cycle path to the station to be complete by March 2015. Will the tracks be left and surfaced over - time will tell.
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby MartynAhoy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 15:20

I did indeed, it was a bit wet and windy up there!

Thanks for replying! I wasn't aware of the proposed cycle path but it would be great if it came to fruition. However I can't see them keeping the tracks though if they do, which would be a real shame.
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby tenag » Mon Dec 31, 2012 17:58

I think I accidentally removed this from a different thread but it fits here. It shows where the Boythorpe Incline joins the Brampton branch and crosses the Hipper.

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This is the bridge at the corner of the B & Q car park - the blue building is the back of the Range


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This is from the other side - sorry about the weeds but the girder is clearly visible.

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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby MartynAhoy » Mon Dec 31, 2012 18:16

Excellent! It's amazing to think that there was once a line up to the top of Boythorpe, there can't be much trace of this now. South of Chesterfield was just a mass of railways!

Thanks for the info!
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby scotty16 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 22:45

Hi All

I think the last "trace" of the line going "up to the top of Boythorpe" was highlighted in Beefhearts post

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It's the triangular garden and the strip of land at the back of it. Beefy had a quick look but nothing of the track is left. All you can do is, the next time your walking into Morrisons, is to look to your left and imagine a shunter breaking through the wall and coming to a stop in the middle of the car park.
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby tenag » Wed Jan 02, 2013 16:53

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Wheeldon Lane originally ran from Low Pavement, down to and across the River Hipper and then up the opposite hillside to the the point where the Brampton Incline entered Boythorpe Colliery. The new Park Road was built from New Square to Queen’s Park and alongside the Park (where it replaced Wheeldon Lane) before it petered out into the original Wheeldon Lane. The three fields to the south of Queen’s Park, later became Queen’s Park Annexe, and a footpath runs from the trees, marking the edge of the fields, straight ahead to a foot-bridge over the incline; presumably it would have originally continued across to Derby Road before the works were built.

By the time of the 1914 OS map, the Annexe is in place; Park Road has been extended to the new Summerfield Road, where the first houses have been built, but the footpath which led to the foot-bridge has gone, as have the tracks of the incline, with the exception of the sidings at the bottom; Boythorpe Colliery is marked as disused and most of the buildings have gone.

If anyone is interested in Boythorpe Colliery look at http://www.aditnow.co.uk/documents/Doe- ... Update.pdf
Boythorpe Colliery is on p43.

By about 1937 Summerfield Road has been extended to meet Baden Powell Road and the footbridge across the incline would have been about that junction. If you look carefully you can see the gap in the embankment where the bottom end of the incline and presumably the sidings went under the LDECR.

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I think I confused Scotty by referring to the Brampton Incline when I meant the Boythorpe Incline; the post of the overlay for the incline that he did was actually on Chesterfield once had three railway stations.

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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby MartynAhoy » Wed Jan 02, 2013 17:37

so much great info and knowledge in here! Thanks tenag! I'm on the lookout for some old pictures of Boythorpe Colliery now!
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby tenag » Wed Jan 02, 2013 19:35

That's what I like enthusiasm - everyone has to start somewhere. Actually I know little about railways and even less about engines but I like looking at old maps and live in the area. Ask me about railways in Brimington or Whittington and I wouldn't have a clue.
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Re: Brampton Branchline

Postby MartynAhoy » Thu Jan 03, 2013 19:08

Well I was interested in the railways of Chesterfield when I was much younger, but it's an interest that seems to have been sparked again recently - I know very little as well! But like you say - gotta start somewhere!
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