Bagworth Rapid Loader

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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.

English Electric type 1 Bo-Bo, 8042 and 8192, propel a brake van southwards at Bagworth

Class-20 Bo-Bo locomotives passing the future site of Bagworth rapid loader in 1973.

Class-20 Bo-Bo locomotives and a brake van at Bagworth

Class-20 Bo-Bo locomotives passing Bagworth rapid loader under construction in 1978.

Overland coal conveyor under construction from Nailstone Colliery

Overland coal conveyor under construction from Nailstone Colliery in 1979.

Rapid coal loader under construction at Bagworth, Leicestershire

Bagworth rapid loader under construction and the crossing on the branch line that it replaced in 1979.

Rapid coal loader under construction at Bagworth, Leicestershire

Bagworth rapid loader under construction in 1979.

The new rail connection to Bagworth rapid loader under construction

The new rail connection to Bagworth rapid loader under construction in 1979.

new rail connection being put in to the rapid coal loader at Bagworth

The junction of the new rail connection to Bagworth rapid loader under construction in 1979.

Class 56 locomotive with a loaded coal train departing from Bagworth rapid loader

Class 56 locomotive with a loaded coal train departing from Bagworth rapid loader in 1984.

The disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

Bagworth rapid loader after falling into disuse, in 1990.

The disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

Bagworth rapid loader after falling into disuse, in 1990.

View from the disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

Looking toward the junction of the rail connection to Bagworth rapid loader, in 1990.

Disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

Bagworth rapid loader after falling into disuse, in 1990.

View south from the disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

The end of the line at the rear of Bagworth rapid loader, in 1990.

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Inside Bagworth rapid loader, in 1990.

Inside the disused rapid coal loader at Bagworth

Inside Bagworth rapid loader, showing the “clam” coal chutes, in 1990.

The final stages of the demolition of Bagworth rapid loader

The final stages of the demolition of Bagworth rapid loader, in 1990.