Jul 2020 – Upton & North Elmsall, West Yorkshire

A local group want to reinstate Upton and North Elmsall Station near Wakefield, which was once a stop on the Hull and Barnsley Railway and closed in 1959. The line, which was built to transport coal to Hull’s docks, ran through what is now Upton Country Park, and the group plan to lay a single track across the original route. They intend to apply for a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to bring the project to fruition. A replica of the station would be built on the site of the demolished railway buildings, with part of it used as an information centre and café. There would also be displays about Upton Colliery, which was served by the line. The two-and-a-half-mile railway would continue past the old colliery site and through Barnsdale Tunnel, which remains in good condition despite having been disused since 1959. It would terminate just before the A1 at Barnsdale Bar. Members also plan to lay a footpath and cycleway alongside the rails. (Forgotten Relics)