Over the past year, the Robin Hood Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has worked with a team of dedicated volunteers to celebrate the rich and exciting heritage of the Midland Railway between Mansfield and Workshop.
As a result, heritage interpretation panels have been installed on all stations between Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Worksop, and a booklet has been produced – download a PDF copy here. There is also a mobile exhibition touring the area and a dedicated lecture is available for community groups to hear.
The group carried out research to see how this railway has boosted the local economy since its creation in 1875. The panels highlight how this line was more than a simple railway to connect Mansfield and Worksop – it stimulated the creation of over 10,000 new jobs, bringing prosperity to the area, and enabling thousands of people to commute more freely for work, school and leisure.
An official launch event took place at Shirebrook Station on Tuesday 24 October 2023 to thank the many volunteers who helped complete the project.
Watch the below video to hear from Denis Hill, Heritage Consultant, and the Mayor of Mansfield Andy Abraham about how the project came about, and what celebrating the history and heritage of the Midland Railway means for communities along the line today.
The exhibition will be on display in Mansfield Library throughout January 2024 and Worksop Library in February 2024.
Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the Robin Hood Line CRP via their website.