Industrial Locomotives of Nottinghamshire, by Ian R. Bendall
Published by the Industrial Railway Society (IRS) in 1999, 432 pages. Hardback - c.15cm by 21cm (N6052)
From the introduction: This book is a further volume in the series covering the industrial locomotives and railways of Great Britain and deals with the county of Nottinghamshire... the book incorporates and describes not only the locomotives and their locations, but also includes non-locomotive, contractors' and preservation sites within the county. Appropriate maps have also been included.
In common with most of the Handbook series, this book describes a variety of industrial railways. Early industrial activity in the area was centred on the Erewash valley, particularly with the activities of the Butterley Company. The principal works was at Ripley in Derbyshire and this was served by a network of tramroads that extended to collieries in Nottinghamshire. Another early tramroad was the Mansfield and Pinxton Railway which served important mining operations in the Pinxton area. To the south a major iron works developed at Stanton, also in Derbyshire but with ramifications concerning Nottinghamshire. At Eastwood the coal mining operations of Barber, Walker resulted in a major industrial railway network in the area publicised by D.H. Lawrence. At Bennerley and Bestwood were sited the only ironworks included in Nottinghamshire. The Babbington and Wollaton districts contained some of the earliest pits in the county, initially served by tramroads to the Nottingham Canal and subsequently by another extensive network of industrial lines.
From the late Victorian era the workings for coal were extending to the east, to the area of Sherwood Forest east of Mansfield and to the north at Firbeck and Harworth. This extension concluded with the three collieries of Bevercotes, Calverton and Cotgrave, all primarily associated with the era of the National Coal Board and British Railways. Sherwood Forest became less rural with the development of numerous collieries and pit villages, but the remaining part of the county to the east and south has retained a more agricultural nature. However industries did develop in this area. Gypsum has been extracted from a belt from Newark to Loughborough and many quarries and mines, large and small, for this mineral are described herein. Narrow gauge railways have been used extensively for the extraction of gravel from the flood plain of the River Trent east of Nottingham.
The Trent Valley is well known as the location of many major coal-fired electricity generating stations and several of these fall within Nottinghamshire. All relied on rail transport although motive power has been predominantly supplied by main line railways and relatively few industrial locomotives are listed. The military have made use of areas within the county and rail operations are detailed at a number of these sites from Ranskill in the north to Ruddington in the south. Thus we have a county where industrial railways have been dominated by colliery systems, but where a considerable variety could once be found. The information is set out in five sections as follows:-
1. Locomotive worked systems at industrial premises.
2. Locations and locomotives operated by the National Coal Board/British Coal.
3. Known details of locomotives used on civil engineering contracts, including contracts involving the construction of many sections of public railway locomotives owned by dealers, hirers and manufacturers are also covered at the end of this section.
4. Preservation locations are included where the gauge exceeds 1 ft 3in.
5. Known details of non-locomotive worked systems of sufficient length to be of interest.
Indexes are included for the ease of reference to locomotives and locations listed within the volume.
The book also includes 47 pages of plate black and white photographs to the rear of the book. Aside from the first of these pages, there are two photographs per page, and thus over 90 photo's in total, showing different locomotives.
The condition of the book is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.