North Gawber colliery was in Mapplewell, near Barnsley. Sunk in the 1850s in 1949 it employed 1128 underground and 297 on the surface. Following the miners’ strike in 1984-85 it merged with nearby Woolley colliery. This link was to be short-lived and it closed completely in 1987.
A feature of the colliery was the connecting line to the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Darton. This was quite steeply-graded and resulted in relatively-large locos being used here.
These are all my photographs of operations at this colliery and date in the main from 1972/73. They are of variable technical quality and there is a certain degree of duplication but I have included them all in the hope that they all contain something of interest to someone. They are arranged in an approximate geographical sequence starting at the exchange sidings.
© David Beilby