Welcome to the Rufford Branch. This site is dedicated to preserving the history of the railway lines around Rufford Colliery in the mid-Notts coalfield with a particular focus on the signalling and operational side. If you have any memories or photos of railways in the area please email me at:

The chronology of the various lines around Rufford is given in the East of
page of the Rail Chronology website.

Approaching Rufford Colliery Sidings

This picture, taken from the cab of an approaching engine, shows number 7 signal off for the road into Rufford. 6 and 7 were nice examples of Midland Railway lower quadrants: among the last working examples on British Rail.


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  1. Peter Gundel on November 24th, 2008 7:08 pm

    At last, I’ve been searching for pictures of the Rufford Branch for years, for modelling purposes, I used to trainspot all around that area as a kid, but didnt think on to take pictures, The guy that used to run the Model shop on Bridge st told me he walked the Branch taking pictures before it was lifted. But the shop closed down and I’ve no idea what happened to him, which is a damn shame, Anyhow I’ll keep checking the site for any updates, p.s theres a good photo of a pair of 20′s passing mansfield sand quarry in the Book, Double Headed Diesels Nationwide…

  2. John Mulhall on November 25th, 2008 1:53 pm

    That may well have been Alan Morton. As far as I know, he still lives on Rannoch Drive in Mansfield, but I don’t know what number.

  3. John Mulhall on November 26th, 2008 11:44 am

    Kevin tells me it is more likely to be Steve, who took over from Alan at the Model Shop

  4. Kevin Mulhall on November 28th, 2008 10:39 pm

    Hi Clyde,
    Re locomotives and traffic seen at Rufford colliery sidings {1979-1981} that was the time I was working as lamplad right up to the end of the box,locomotives I had seen are as follows 2+20 2+25 44 45 46 47 and a class 56 working in from Westhouses on 0T11 to work out to Toton as 6T11 with a trail load of HEA Westbury traffic,normal wagons for this traffic was HTV.I seen traffic in block loads go from Rufford to Avenue coking plant at Hasland wagons as follows MCO,MCV,MXV,HTO,HTV.Repton and Willington PS wagons as follows MCO,MCV,MXV,HTO,HTV,MDO,MEO,HUO.Castle Donington PS wagons as Repton and Willington PS.Drakelow PS same wagons as Repton and Willington and Castle Donington.As far as I remember the wagons for Tolworth,London Finchley Road and Neasden was HTV+HTO,I also remember seeing house coal going out via the Midland in MCV/MXV and HTV I cannot remember the place the house coal was going to.
    The traffic I seen from Clipstone was Hasland wagons MCO,MCV,MXV,HTO,HTV and Southam which was minfits MCV,MXV I did hear that the Southam traffic was all MXV,a mxv was a minfit but with 4 shoe brakes Morton 4 ton brake force loaded and empty,a MCV was 8 shoe clasp braked 11 ton brake force loaded and 4 ton empty.

  5. Adrian the Rock on December 1st, 2008 11:03 pm

    Nice site!

  6. Alex Fisher on April 2nd, 2009 11:29 pm

    Excellent site, just found it though, so having a good look, Hi John & Pete.

  7. alex fisher on February 19th, 2010 8:04 pm

    After looking at the pic of the Peak at Rufford I noticed this on the DerbySulzers website.

    44010 was noted at Derby late in January 1975. It was stored at Toton during February 1976 then withdrawn in August only to be re-instated in October after 44001 succumbed to fire damage at that time. 44010′s reprieve ended on May 12th 1977 when it suffered main generator damage working a Rufford Colliery – Avenue Coking Plant freight near Mansfield Colliery Jct. It was withdrawn the same month, moved to Derby Works by the middle of June, spending several months sitting on the Work’s reception siding. By the end of October 44010 had been broken up at Derby.

  8. alex Fisher on February 24th, 2010 9:49 am


    Got a 1968 timetable out last night for the Rufford / Clipstone branch,

    It appears there were about 4 trains in / out of each but what I couldn’t get my head around was the way that some worked a train down to Mansfield Colliery Sdgs. Other’s went EBV to Clipstone etc, or EBV to Mansfield to pick a train that worked as far as Mansfield Colliery Sdgs, by another train etc,

    Some however where direct to Toton or in one case to Lloyds,

  9. Kenneth Moore on April 22nd, 2010 12:14 am

    I just happened to type in “Mansfield colliery’ on “google’ & found a wonderful display of old colliery railway photographs that reminded me so much of the 20 years I lived in Rainworth .
    As kids we used to play on the railway embankment & watch the trains pass under the Helmsley road bridge.
    I lived for 18 years on Southwell Rd & our garden backed up to the railway embankment –which was a great place for kids to play & put pennies on the line for the engine to squash??
    I was an electrician at Rufford Colliery from 1947 to 1956 & emigrated to Canada in 1957–&–then to California in 1959.
    I am now retired & living in Phoenix Arizona.
    Really enjoyed reliving my youth looking at these photos. Ken Moore