The Bartholomews owned collieries in Wombwell in South Yorkshire and coal was delivered, at no cost, to the household via the siding at Blakesley station. As a an engineer, Bartholomew was keen make use of his line to carry the coal 1/4 mile to the house. He managed to gain access to the SMJ trackbed under the Railway bridge (Bridge 25) and built a small station next to the mainline one. He also arranged for a siding to meet the very end of the mainline railway's siding for coal deliveries.
|My model of the platform and shelter of the Blakesley Hall Miniature Railway.|