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Asfordby Coal Mine, 1990s.
The planning of the Asfordby Coal mine started in the mid 1970’s. With the closure of the other mines in the Leicestershire coal field, there were high hopes for the Asfordby “Super Pit” and the plan to mine coal under the Vale of Belvoir from it.
Coal, initially from driving roadways, was loaded into trains using mechanical shovels until a rapid loader was completed. The first longwall coal face commenced production in July 1995, but serious geological problems caused the mine to close in 1997.
The photographs here are of a train being loaded with coal before departing in 1995.
Class-58 Co-Co locomotive 58014 on the front of a train being loaded with coal at Asfordby Coal Mine.
This site also has photographs of the construction and sinking of Asfordby mine.