The train now standing..

Branch Line

Mass transport came of age in the mid 19th century. First with the opening of the Midland Line and the regular, reliable rail services that followed. The canal and inland waterways were also being extensively used to move goods long distances in support of the burgeoning industrial activity in Chesterfield and surrounding areas.

By the 1860’s more local transport infrastructure was required in order to connect industrial consumers and producers with the, by now, excellent national transport routes. Visionaries and industrialists like Ralph W Jackson set about creating a network of branch rail lines to do just that.

Our Branch Line page describes the now disappeared lines..

Brampton Railways

3 thoughts on “Branch Line”

  1. Rachel Fannen (Museum Collections Officer)

    Dear Martin

    I have been having a read of this website as I am putting together an exhibition for Chesterfield Museum called ‘A Walk Down Chatsworth Road’ which will be on from the end of September until December 2018.
    I am just in the preliminary stages of putting together information and images. I wonder if you’d be available for a brief meeting as I think you may have some valuable advice regarding areas of interesting local history I may not have considered.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    1. i know one of the stream train drivers was called mr james philip bradshaw age 80 , who is currently my next door neighbour

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