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Thorpe in Balne South Yorkshire 10th March 2012 | by loose_grip_99
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Thorpe in Balne South Yorkshire 10th March 2012

A Freightliner Class 66, 66419 powers past the remains of the Hull & Barnsley & Great Central Joint Railway overbridge as it takes a freight train southwards on the freight-only Skellow Lines - the West Riding and Grimsby Railway, itself a joint line between the Great Central & the Great Northern Railway - to Stainforth Junction.

 

The Hull & Barnsley & Great Central Joint Railway opened to freight in 1916 but never opened to passengers despite several stations being built, the most impressive being the York Road terminus in Doncaster. The section that included this overbridge from Bullcroft Junction to Aire Junction closed in 1958. We used to cycle along the ballast near Sykehouse in the early-1960s

 

The hump in the distance is the bridge over the East Coast Main Line and the signal with a right-hand feather controls the Applehurst Junction spur down to the ECML at Joan Croft Junction.

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Taken on March 10, 2012