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Royston in days gone by.

Monday May 23 2011

From the photo gallery Barnsley - Blast From The Past

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Reply Posted by Geoff Penn on Saturday April 6 2013 at 09:22
Stanier class 8F passes through Royston and Notton station in the 1930 s. This was the second station, opened in July 1900, replacing the 1840 station at Notton Bridge. We called that erea "Old Royston" a name which prevails today. In the background is Monckton colliery and "Monckton Row" - rows of terraced houses for mining families. I remember visiting school chums there and being shocked at the awfull conditions they lived in.

Reply Posted by malcolm on Tuesday January 21 2014 at 21:06
Only ever seen photos of the terraced houses - you wouldn't live next to the coking Plant for a gold pig tbh. There have been several good books published about the old Midland main-line over the years. At least there will be another source of freight traffic later this year on it - containerised coal to the plant and coke coming out of it.

Reply Posted by Maree on Monday August 25 2014 at 18:10
My late father in law probably was driving this train Bill Rowley

Reply Posted by John Bryce on Friday April 8 2016 at 20:11
Many hours spent here train spotting! the station staff were very accommodating on dark evenings and even let us use the waiting room with a roaring coal fire! (No vandalism in those days). Later attended Normanton Grammar School and travelled each school day by train from this station to Normanton (via Walton). What puzzles me, is why is this track bed NOT going to be used for HS2? It won't be three miles to the north, but the cost must be far more for a new track than revamping the old one which catered for the best express trains of the day.

Reply Posted by Kevin Green on Friday May 20 2016 at 17:29
I think the route for HS2 was planned by a three-year-old with a map and a crayon, there's just no logic to it. I also think the same kid designed the new town centre buildings with his Lego bricks.

Reply Posted by Malcolm on Sunday February 5 2017 at 00:12
The containerised coke traffic never materialised in fact as the Hargreaves Coking Plant ran into major financial problems, culuminating in its complete closure sadly. The former rail route between Goose Hill Junction, Normanton and Wath Road Junction near Mexborough would be ideal for reopening to give a faster route between Leeds and Sheffield(as opposed to the Hare Park route),