Greencroft

In between Annfield Plain and East Castle 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 about the photograph on the right: “The chimneys and buildings in the background belong to the Ransome and 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 and Pollard around 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.”

Greencroft in 1946 prior to the construction of the Ransome and Marles factory which was below the railway line on the map. The two photos at the bottom of this page were taken from the bridge on the left of the map. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland

Greencroft in the 1970s…

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

37098 and 37053 with a train of iron ore empties pass Greencroft on 19 May 1979. 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 a 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. 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

Greencroft in the 1980s…

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

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