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Step Forward For Elsecar Heritage Railway

Monday June 10 2013

Step forward for railway plans Step forward for railway plans

ELSECAR Heritage Railway has received a huge boost in its bid to extend the track from Elsecar to Cortonwood.

The group has secured a £50,000 grant which will go towards transforming three acres of land next to Cortonwood retail park into a train station.

A picnic area and children's play area will also be built to make it enjoyable for families.

The track currently reaches Tinker Lane in Hemingfield where the level crossing was installed at the beginning of last month.

Chairman of the Elsecar Heritage Railway, Del Tilling, said: "This is a major step forward."

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Reply Posted by Mick on Monday June 10 2013 at 13:10
This is really good news. It's long overdue for the line to be extended to Cortonwood. When you think about some of the schemes that get lottery or council funding it's crazy that this hasn't happened long ago.

Reply Posted by Nigel on Monday June 10 2013 at 15:07
Brill news.

Reply Posted by june on Tuesday June 11 2013 at 09:39
yes its good news. Mick i agree with you about money badly spent there is one big ugly thing built outside the town hall in barnsley and dicki bird statue for mw they are a waste of money big time

Reply Posted by Cathy on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 08:46
Excellent news, a very worthy project.

Reply Posted by Geoff Thomas on Thursday June 13 2013 at 13:38
Brilliant news...it's a fabulous project and I love seeing, and hearing, the trains virtually at the bottom of our garden in Hemingfield. Will be great to be able to go to Cortonwood by rail...can't wait!

Reply Posted by Charles Hemingway on Thursday June 13 2013 at 13:40
Great news but it will be a pity they won't be able to run steams engines as they won't be able to get the coal

Reply Posted by Rob on Thursday June 13 2013 at 13:46
Giod news just hope its well run when it starts up and people use it. N charles im sure they can get plenty of coal

Reply Posted by ANON on Thursday June 13 2013 at 13:59
Steam Locomotives WILL run. Coal is being imported from Europe.

Reply Posted by Charles Hemingway on Thursday June 13 2013 at 14:02
@Rob I'm sure they can still get it but at a very high price, I saw it on the news the other day the railways in the north are having problems getting good quality steam coal all our steam coal mines are now closed and they are having to import it and it is of poor quality

Reply Posted by ANON on Thursday June 13 2013 at 14:18
Imported steam coal is quite good coal. It is the Coal from UK Coal Mines which is poor quality.

Reply Posted by Mrs T on Sunday June 16 2013 at 19:15
It's a shame init? If the miners hadn't been licking Arthur's balls and had thought for themselves then the pits might not have all closed. Oh and I never knew one that actually did a weekend shift but they all got clocked on for them!! They thought that was being clever!!

Reply Posted by moffann on Sunday June 16 2013 at 19:28
nice one! .. long time coming as others have said.. Dave and Frank from Young Volunteers at VAB would have been proud. (bless em !!both gone now but not forgotten)!!