Country Railway Routes

Mansfield to Doncaster

via Shirebrook & Shireoaks

by Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith

The route ran north along the eastern flank of the extensive coalfields, where communities were not large. Thus coal trains were more numerous than passenger services. These mostly ceased early. However, the diversity of stock shown is most enjoyable and sometimes surprising. A section of the route is now part of the Robin Hood Line.


'The restoration of the Mansfield to Shireoaks section gives a good reason for several modern pictures alongside dirty locomotives and battered coal trucks. Many of the maps are fascinating.'
(Journal of the Railway & Canal Historical Society, July 2019)

'Not only is this a record of the railway but shows the decline of the coal industry, though in the former the Robin Hood Line has seen a refreshing resurgence.... It inspired me to learn more about this area.'
(The Railway Observer, Vol.89, No.1083, May 2019)

'Packed full of photographs, maps, plans and timetables, the book is a fascinating dip into the area's railways of the past... Each picture has a detailed caption so the reader can see when and where it was taken and the book is helpfully divided into areas so you can find out about the place where you live or are interested in.'
(Chase Magazine - Rotherham Advertiser, February 2019, Issue 66)

[Reviews on both Mansfield to Doncaster and Chesterfield to Lincoln:] 

'Coverage in both the books is excellent and to the usual Middleton Press standards....
...the details visible of the colliery equipment etc., makes them relevant to any reader with an interest in mining locations and infrastructure, even if the purchaser's specialist interest is geographically elsewhere.'
(SLS Journal, January/February 2019, No. 915, Vol. 95)

'This prolific publisher continues to produce excellent reviews of the history of railways in a particular area or on a particular line... These books are no exception, with well researched captions and generally good quality photographs. With some images being well over 100 years old, allowances have to be made for the sharpness of older ones.'
(The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum, No.166, Winter 2018/19)

Book Details

Vic Mitchell & Keith Smith
Country Railway Routes
Middleton Press Ltd
20 October 2018
240 x 174 mm
96 Pages
120 Photographs
Large Scale Maps
Other details of local history

Stations & Locations

Stations Photo
Mansfield 1, 5-10
Mansfield Town 2-4
Mansfield Woodhouse 11-15
Shirebrook Colliery 16-18
Shirebrook West 19-27
Langwith 28-31
Langwith Whaley Thorns 32-33
Elmton & Cresswell 34-38
Whitwell 39-49
Shireoaks 50-55
Anston 56
Dinnngton & Laughton 57-60
Maltby 61-65, 69-70
Maltby Main Colliery 66-68
Harworth Colliery 71-75
Tickhill 76-80
Tickhill & Wadworth 81-82
Doncaster 83-92
Sutton in Ashfield Town 93-96
Skegy for Stanton Hill 97-101
Teversall East 102
Teversall Colliery 103
Pleasley 104-107
Shirebrook (GN) 108-109
Langwith Junction 110-116
Shirebrook North 117-120