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Elsecar Mining Memorial(Cortonwood Station)

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by tilling, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. Squiffy

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    Just did a search and came up with this article:

    https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/whats-on/mystery-barnsleys-much-loved-thomas-18569331
     
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    A great shame if the railway has closed as Elsecar itself is something special with its village and the Newcomen engine. Plus the government gave a big old grant to Wentworth Woodhouse last year so I would expect to see it develop as a significant visitor draw over time, if the railway doesn't survive to capitalise on that, the area will be much the poorer.
     
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    Elsecar is a lovely site, and is woefully poorly promoted and under utilised- its mostly a retail facility in historic buildings with a small museum and the railway- which, again is woefully under promoted and aside from the Santa type events when we have visited tends to be very quiet.

    The days the venue tends to be busy are the large antiques fairs, the model collectors fairs and the vintage fairs.

    Its a shame, it has real potential to be a fantastic site and a real draw for the area.


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    I went about three years ago and had a ride in their break vans. Good fun, and although a short ride I did feel that there was a bit of potential there - they have been on the brink of an extension for quite some time IIRC.

    Hopefully they can restructure and make their way back.

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    Are the elsecar heritage railway even doing a covid 19 fundraising appeal surely if they are that would keep cash flowing in so they may be able to reopen for 2021? If the world including the U.K. can find a way to pull through the covid 19 pandemic
     
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    Or would the elsecar heritage railway still be allowed to raise money to cover them during been closed in the covid 19 pandemic if they have given their lease back to the local council
     
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    I guess that would depend whether they and/or the Council have a plan to revive it in some way. Website and FB etc haven’t been updated for months and a surrender of the lease sounds pretty terminal to me - not a good background to launching any kind of public appeal. Since they weren’t expecting it, the Council might need/take a long time to decide what to do next since they’ll have other priorities and no budget. I hope some sort of arrangement will be in place to enable members or other rolling stock owners to access or retrieve their own property.
     
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    Are south yorkshire Barnsley district councils even in the heritage scene for vintage steam and diesel locos even completley turning their back on anything to do with the coal mining industry by letting the Elsecar heritage railway slip away like this, seen as though Drax power station converts to bio mass and stops burning bitoumus coal in 2022 and the last deep coal mine in our area shut in 2015? And the only place industrial in yorks and lincs is the steelworks at scunthorpe only burning solid fuel coke in their blast furnaces and the odd few rural folk in yorks lincs who still burn coal coke and dry wood on their open fires and stoves also how peoples attitudes in the world are changing on fossil fuels for electric generating and steel making. Or is the situation at the E.H.R. that due to the covid 19 pandemic they have not made enough gains to keep the heritage centre open and railway operating at elsecar?
     
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    My understanding is that Barnsley council are keen to see the railway survive and will do what it reasonably can to facilitate this. I believe that they hold the TWO and are allowed to let others operate the railway, subject to government approval.
     
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    Thanks- good to hear there may be more than a glimmer of hope.
     
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    The heritage centre is more than just the railway with other business units leased out to small local businesses/cottage industries. The railway was certainly one of the big draws to the centre.

    The council also has a long history of supporting other historical sites such as Worsborough Mill a shot distance away and Canon Hall. All of which certainly used to have regular school trips to them from local schools. At least they did when I was at school.
     

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