Pit to Power Station: A Personal Recollection of Coal Trains in the 1990s

Author(s): Chris Booth 

ISBN: 9781781558669
A visual document on how 1990s colliery closures and rail preservation affected coal transportation in Derby, Nottingham and York’s coalfields.
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  • A comprehensive visual tribute on how coal was phased out of use

  • Featuring unpublished photographs from a huge private collection

  • Maps, diagrams and many newly released images in mono and colour

  • Of historic and technical detail, this is of much interest to locomotive/railway aficionados, historians and modellers
Pit to Power Station: A Personal Recollection of Coal Trains in the 1990s is focused as a decade of change and how the collieries and coal-fired power stations of the era are now long gone.

During this period, Chris Booth photographed the collieries, trains and power stations that coal powered and amassed a large collection of photographs. Through these images, he was able to illustrate the potted history of the Worksop Train Crew Depot that opened in 1991.

Commencing with a brief look at Worksop in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, including the run-up to the railway privatisation, this is followed by the subsequent new freight companies, which brought changes in coal operations before the wholesale decline in production. Also, there are photographs taken in the Nottingham, Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire coalfields as well as descriptions of each colliery and power station and maps show where these were located.

There are power station track diagrams, tables and coal plans to illustrate where power station coal originated, and the book concludes with a few instances of where Worksop-based drivers served.

BOOK ISBN 9781781558669
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 256 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 24 February 2022
ILLUSTRATIONS 358 colour photographs


Chris Booth has been fascinated in the Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway since reading the books The Lancashire Derbyshire and East Coast Railway and Langwith Junction: The Life and Times of a Railway Village. Since then, apart from the odd article in the railway press, little else on this railway line has been seen in book form.