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A Station For Maltby And Other Villages

Maltby in South Yorkshire is a village of around 17,000 people, with transport links, based on buses and private cars.

This Google Map shows the village, which shares a mini-connurbation with Hellaby and Bramley, as you go West.

Bramley, Hellaby And Maltby

Bramley, Hellaby And Maltby

Note the massive Maltby Main Colliery, which thankfully closed in 2013. Curving round this scar on the face of Yorkshire is a railway, which starts in the North East corner and disappears South-Westerly out of the bottom of the map.

This railway is the South Yorkshire Joint Railway, which is described in this page in Grace’s Guide.

The line ran from Kirk Sandall Junction on the Great Central’s Doncaster-Cleethorpes line to a junction with the Great Central and Midland Joint Railway, just south of Dinnington. The N.E.R. had access over the G.C.R. from Hull, the M.R. had access from the Nottingham-Worksop line, over G.C.R. metals from Shireoaks, the L&Y joined at St. Catherine’s Junction from their Dearne Valley Railway and the G.N.R. had connections to the south of Doncaster. As opened the S.Y.J.R. was 21.25 miles (34km) in length, including its colliery branch lines and connections to the several lines it crossed in its path. It opened to freight on 1 January 1909, and to passengers on 1 December 1910.

Wikipedia says this about services on the line.

Passenger trains on the line ended in 1929; freight work continued on the line, with eight collieries served at peak. Most of the collieries closed by the 1990s; as of 2011, the line remains an important freight line for coal transportation both north and southwards to the Trent and Aire Valley power stations.

So now that coal is virtually in the dustbin of history, except in Trummkopf’s mind, perhaps it is time to do something positive with this railway.

The route between Doncaster and the Sheffield-Lincoln Line would appear to have the following characteristics.

  • It is single-track and looks intact.
  • There is no trace of any station.
  • The line passes through several large villages including Anston and Dinnington.
  • The line passes through the town of Doncaster and even goes close to the racecourse.
  • The Northern end joins the South Humberside Main Line just to the West of Hatfield and Stainforth station.
  • The Southern end joins the Sheffield-Lincoln Line at a partially-closed triangular junction between  Kiveton Park and Shireoaks stations.

But the biggest factor in developing the line is that the South Yorkshire Joint Railway goes straight through the site of the proposed Doncaster Inland Port or Doncaster iPort. This is Wikipedia’s introduction for the iPort.

Doncaster iPort or Doncaster Inland Port is an intermodal rail terminal; a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange,[note 1] under construction west of Rossington and south of Doncaster at junction 3 of the M18 motorway in England. It is to be connected to the rail network via the line of the former South Yorkshire Joint Railway, and from an extension of the former Rossington Colliery branch from the East Coast Main Line.

The development includes a 171 hectares (420 acres) intermodal rail terminal to be built on green belt land, of which over 50 hectares (120 acres) was to be developed into warehousing, making it the largest rail terminal in Yorkshire; the development also included over 150 hectares (370 acres) of countryside, the majority of which was to remain in agricultural use, with other parts used for landscaping, and habitat creation as part of environment mitigation measures.

This Google Map shows the location of the Doncaster iPort.



  • Junction 3 of the M18 in the North-West corner of the map.
  • The South Yorkshire Joint Railway crossing the site from North to South.
  • The under-construction A6182 or Great Yorkshire Way, which is described in this news article on the BBC, with a headline of New £56m Robin Hood Airport to M18 link road opens.
  • The scar of Rossington colliery, to the North of the village of Rossington.
  • The East Coast Main Line  to the East of the village.

The only thing that missing is a way to get large container ships to the iPort. Air freight will be sorted, as I wrote in A Station At Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with a choice of road or rail links between the iPort and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Some questions come to mind.

  • Will the Rossington Colliery Branch, when extended to the iPort have a junction with the East Coast Main Line that enables traffic to arrive at and leave from the iPort in both directions?
  • Will the Rossington Branch have a connection to the Joint Railway to give a route for passenger trains between Doncaster and the Joint Railway?
  • How will freight trains get from the iPort to the Great Northern Great Eastern Joint Line to go South for Felixstowe?

But it does seem that Maltby and all those villages will be getting a busy railway through their midst.

It would surely be sensible to add in a few passenger services, that connect Maltby and all the other villages to perhaps Doncaster, Sheffield and Worksop.


February 11, 2017 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Maltby is a possible new station on the South Yorkshire Joint Railway. See A Station For Maltby. […]

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