GREENCROFT

In between Annfield Plain and Leadgate is Greencroft where one of the rail served business on the line was located.

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37062 at Greencroft on 11 April 1980.  Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Stephen McGahon says: “The chimneys and buildings in the background of the photo to the right belong to the Ransome & Marles ball bearing factory . This was opened in 1953, according to the brief mention in G. Whittle’s book, or 1954 according to some internet sources.  It became Ransome Hoffman & Pollard from about 1970 and closed in 1981 or 1982, not a great time to be putting another few hundred people on the dole so soon after the closure of the steelworks. The works had a private siding which seemed to be in some sort of use almost up to closure as I remember seeing the odd 16 ton mineral wagon parked there on a few occasions . I don’t know what the traffic was, maybe just delivering coal in the latter years, but it may have been substantial in the past judging by the three roads in the sidings.”

37100 passes Greencroft with a train of 21T wagons on 31 May 1977. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37100 passes Greencroft with a train of 21T wagons on 31 May 1977. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37094 at Greencroft on 10 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

37094 at Greencroft on 10 May 1982. Photo copyright Stephen McGahon

Below are a series of pictures on and around the line in March 1979 (back in the days when we had ‘proper’ winters) taken by Clive Bennett who lived in house at Greencroft that backed on to the railway line.

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Note the wagons in the siding off to the right – compare this phot with the one at the bottom of the page showing the same location without the snow. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, March 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett

Greencroft, 1979. Photo copyright Clive Bennett