Flying Lensman

Flying Lensman

Posted on 07/09/2014

Photo taken on July 9, 1895

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Linby Station, Nottinghamshire

Linby Station, Nottinghamshire
The Great Northern Railway's Linby Station, north of Nottingham, seen here as a north bound local train departs and begins to tackle the 1 in 70 gradient to the next station.The Leen Valley here played host to the Great Northern, the Great Central (whose over-bridge is visible beyond the signal box) and the Midland Railway. All these rival companies were, essentially, after the lucrative coal trade hereabouts. Note the GNR somersault signal beyond the signal box and the small added item at the end, which is the signalman's "thunder box" or toilet. No passengers appear to have left the departing local. Today, this station, the signal box and the lattice girder bridge are now but a memory, the trackbed being a cycleway and walking route. At the point where the train has reached there was - and still remains - a long shallow cutting as the track climbed towards the collieries at Annesley where it is now almost lost in the old spoil tips and attendant silver birch trees. Only the former Midland Railway still operates to the west of here, being the recently reopened "Robin Hood Line".
(Photo: A.W.Bird)