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photoblog image Snibston Discovery Park 4/10

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

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

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Sep 2010, 00:33
Mint condition signalbox, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray.
What a fabulous signalbox
Brian Walbey: I thought it was even better than the one at Oakham Richard.
the red colour makes is vivid here
Brian Walbey: really does stand out doesn't it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Sep 2010, 08:18
A fine Midland Railway box Brian
Brian Walbey: Why are Midland boxes much more attractive than any of the other regions, there is another one at Oakham which is Grade II listed and was the pattern for the Airfix model.
This railbox is wonderfully maintained Brian. Lovely capture.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed, thanks Richard.
What a pretty, pretty little structure! I had no idea this was call'ed a signal box. That word 'box doesn't do it justice I think. Nice capture Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Marion. Sometimes they were calles a signal cabin, I think it depended which part of the country one was in.
A fine box Brian and the link is interesting too
Brian Walbey: Thanks BIll.
Now that looks to be a very clean signal box.
Brian Walbey: Very well looked after Chad.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Sep 2010, 13:40
Well looks like it has Just been painted
Brian Walbey: I suspect it is looked after well vintage, only a few of these now remain.
It is a very striking building, Brian. I bet it wasn`t in such pristine condition when it was fully operational. (:o)
Brian Walbey: I didn't see it when it was in daily use Rosalyn, but the link gives you an idea how it looked then.
  • Alan
  • Somewhere near Seattle
  • 16 Sep 2010, 15:34
It's cracking box and I'm so pleased that it's been preserved. That hideous light tower should go, though! Thanks for the link; it was good to see it in its original place.
Brian Walbey: presumably the light tower was part of the coal mine infrastructure before they moved the box in Alan, it does add to the industrial atmosphere.
nice shot
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Fred.
That must be the nicest signal box I have seen, all it needs is gingham curtains. lovely shot Brian smile
Brian Walbey: The curtains would make it a home from home, something country signalmen used to do in the old days Linda.
It makes a very attractive picture Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie.
A grand looking box Brian, sometimes I forget just how many miles of railway track was laid at these places and the infrastructure needed to support it.
Brian Walbey: It is a fine box Les and how good to see it was only moved from Mantle Lane, a short distance away, and not smashed up.
wonderful shot of the signal box
Brian Walbey: Thanks Derek.
Very nice shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John.

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