Snibston Discovery Park 4/10
My Camera Club had the run of the outside area at Snibston Discovery Park, Coalville, particularly the old coalmine area, closed in 1983, having been opened in 1832, for a shoot one evening recently.
Snibston colliery railway is one of the earliest built in Britain and carried coal. It was constructed by Robert Stephenson between 1833 and 1836 to connect the Colliery to the Leicester to Swannington railway, built by his father on the east side of Coalville.The railway allowed coal to be transported cheaply to Leicester for sale and was an essential part of the pit's success. Before the 1830s Leicester was supplied with coal from Derbyshire, carried first by packhorse and later by canal boats.However, the section of line from the mine to the centre of Coalville was restored between 1998 and 2001 by the Coaltracks Volunteeers and is part of the visitor experience at Snibston.
You will note the good condition of the typical Midland Region signal box from Coalville, Mantle Lane, now on site. For you rail enthusiasts a good image of it in use from 1979 and its history is available here
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