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Bickershaw Colliery near Leigh

United Kingdom - 1977

Bickershaw Colliery was amongst the last British collieries to employ steam locos on a regular basis. This visit in 1977 saw both resident locos in action shunting wagons at the washery and also moving loaded wagons to the exchange sidings with British Railways. As with any mine in this period, there was an air of dereliction with most buildings looking rather shabby and with piles of ash, spoil and other debris scattered across the site. Both locos were kept in reasonable mechanical condition although little effort was made to keep the locos clean.