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the Thorne Colliery is part of Thorne, United Kingdom.

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Thorne Colliery Moorends South Yorkshire June 1968

Thorne Colliery Moorends South Yorkshire June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
I was driving my Mr Softee ice cream van around Moorends, it was pouring with rain & custom was slow. I decided to make a detour to the colliery yard at the end of Grange Road which was the first time for many years that I had been there. This was the sight that awaited me. My father worked down the pit in the 1950s & as a kid I used to ride on the crossbar of his bike when he went down to pick up his pay packet. The highlight for me was a visit to the canteen where I would have a Penguin chocolate bar. Part of the pleasure was waiting at the level crossing to watch the little tank engine pull a train of wagons by before we crossed for my treat. My impromptu visit in 1968 brought all these memories back because one of those little tank engines was sitting by the level crossing. Sadly this story doesn't have a happy ending because, despite the modern warning stripes on the bunker, that 0-6-0T was cold, rusty & waiting for its last journey to the scrapyard - there were no penguins in the canteen either. In fact no canteen because Thorne pit closed for repairs to the shafts in 1957 & never reopened. The repairs took much longer than anticipated & when finished the mine was mothballed. Briefly in the 1990s there were plans to reopen it & the surface facilities were renovated but in 2005 they were removed too. Does anyone know the identity of the Thorne Colliery engine?

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Thorne No 1 June 1968

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Thorne No 1 June 1968
Made by loose_grip_99
The other intact 0-6-0T steam engine at Thorne colliery in June 1968 still carried its nameplate Thorne No 1. It too glistens in the pouring rain as I sheltered under the corrugated roofing behind the engine shed. Another boiler sits behind this loco. Unfortunately I have no information on the origin or age of the engines at Thorne Colliery. Update: Thanks to r2.4 I think this engine can now be identified as a Hunslet 16 or 18. The design was built in Leeds over a period from 1923 to 1958 so still can't pinpoint its age although as the colliery opened in the 1928 it could be an early example. Update1: Thanks to frankwebsteruk I havw the final answer, Thorne No.1 was Hunslet 3714/1951. It was scrapped to provide spares for Hunslet 3782 (Arthur)- the resident shunter at Markham Main Colliery, and now happily preserved at Quainton Road.

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975
Made by loose_grip_99
The view from from Grange Road Moorends of the colliery complex. This view shows the pit complex as built in the 1920s before demolition of various parts & well before the headgear was completely replaced by modern structures over the two shafts. The entrance road has already been bulldozed to be replaced by a new road which turned off the Goole road to the west of the railway and crossed it by a new & expensive bridge before entering the site from the west. In this way heavy coal traffic would no longer pass through the centre of Moorends & along Grange Road. Today no coal traffic passes at all because the pit has been closed. However plenty of heavy traffic still passes through the centre of Moorends. The low buildings in the foreground were the accounts & payment department.

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975
Made by loose_grip_99
Colliery headgear & chimney. These were prominant features of the Thorne & Moorends skyline for about 60 years. In fact the land around here is so flat, being drained wetlands, that they could be seen from Goole 10 miles to the north. When I return to Thorne these days it's still a shock to look down Alexander Road from the cross-roads with North Eastern Road & not see the pit.

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975
Made by loose_grip_99
My 1961 Mini 7888VT is sitting outside the doors of the old engine shed at Thorne Colliery. The winding gear & chimmney are contrasted against the dramatic sky by the orange filter. Lots of siver birch weeds in the yard now as the pit had been under repair/in mothballs for almost 20 years. Today all this - and its 1980s replacement - has been swept away. The mine never reopened.

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire boiler house Easter 1975

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire boiler house Easter 1975
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By the time of this later visit to Thorne Colliery all trace of the steam engines had gone but the engine shed still stood to the left in this view. Looks like there is a spare winding wheel sitting in the grass.

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975

Thorne Colliery South Yorkshire Easter 1975
Made by loose_grip_99
Colliery headgear Easter 1975. Disused since 1956. The sun does sometimes shine in South Yorkshire & my orange filter made the most of the contrasting sky.

Bang!

Bang!
Made by Weeping-Willow
The 2010 bonfire night display at Moorends Welfare Ground.



Nearest places of interest:

Moorends
Thorne Cemetery
Sandtoft trolleybus museum
Gefco UK Northern Distribution Centre Sandtoft
  Thorne Waste / Crowle Waste Nature Reserve ( Humberhead Peatlands )
Tesco NDC Distribution Centre Goole
Rawcliffe Bridge
M18 - M62 Interchange Junction

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