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Lines that could have been

In 1891 the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway proposed to open a branch line from Conisburgh to Kiveton Park via a westbound connection near Kiveton Park Station. Plans were submitted, withdrawn and resubmitted and yet again withdrawn. The prospect of no coal being worked on or near the branch meant that the idea was a none starter and the idea was never raised again.

In 1899 preparations were made to sink a new pit at Dinnington and plans were made to build a railway to the site. About five miles in length it was to have run from the Midland Railway branch at Kiveton Park Colliery then via the Great Central Railway at Kiveton before turning north-east to terminate near to Laughton Church. The engineer was the well-respected C. E. Rhodes who vouched for the mineral wealth in the vicinity. Sir Courtney Boyd for the board was less convinced though and observed that he was being asked to give his consent through a railway that may never be built, and so it proved. The proposed Wales and Laughton Railway never got beyond the planning stage and was never heard of again.

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