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The Rise & Fall of Bagworth Rapid Loader, 1978-1990.
In the 1970s the neighbouring collieries of Bagworth, Ellistown, and Nailstone were linked underground, with coal being brought to the surface at Nailstone where there was a coal preparation plant. Coal had been carried from Nailstone colliery to the Leicester to Burton railway line at Bagworth using a small coal board branch line (see Kirby Muxloe & Bagworth, 1960s). In order to move larger quantities of coal more efficiently a 3 km overland conveyor was built from Nailstone colliery to a new rapid loader at Bagworth. The rapid loader only had a life about 10 years when coal mining ceased due to exhaustion of reserves and geological problems.
The photographs here show the construction, use, and demolition of the rapid loader.
Bagworth rapid loader under construction and the crossing on the branch line that it replaced in 1979.