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Lea Green Colliery.

The 1908/09 map shows the collieries original fan of sidings and the branch leading to Sutton Heath and the new Rainhill sidings to the south of the colliery.

The first shafts were sunk in the 1870's by James Radley, who was by then a successful local colliery owner aged around 60. These shafts were known as No1 and No2 and were in production by 1877 according to the mines register. Sadly on 28th March 1885 James Radley passed away at the age of 75 control of the collieries was to eventually pass to his wife Fanny. There were several grades of coal mined here and gas, household, manufacturing and steam were despatched via rail.

Built by Peckett of Bristol in 1898 0-6-0ST No6 is seen in steam at the collery sporting National Coal Board livery, note the word Board drawn in the dirt of the boiler. The loco was withdrawn in 1962 and scrapped on site in February 1963.
27th July 1960.
Photo by Jack Faithfull.
Reproduced with permission from the Industrial Railway Society.

From April 1888 to April 1889 220,00 tons of coal was produced from the two shafts and the colliery was rapidly outgrowing the small sidings complex  situated to the east of the colliery buildings. With this an agreement was signed with the LNWR for additional sidings adjacent to the Liverpool to Manchester line to accommodate 100 wagons. Production rose again in 1892 with the opening of two further shafts on the site named King and Queen and with this a further connection to the main line was made 263 yards east of Rainhill station.

Also built by Peckett of Bristol in 1903 0-6-0ST No5 is seen here out of use near the engine shed. The loco would see no further use and was scrapped on site during December 1959.
6th June 1959.
Photo by Alex Appleton.
Reproduced with permission from the Industrial Railway Society.

The colliery had always maintained its own locomotive fleet in a small engine shed located up the original branch close to the earlier Sutton Heath colliery near to Eltonhead Road. With the closure of Sutton Heath it was deemed prudent to build a new shed closer to the colliery this would therefore allow the closure of the branch. So in 1953 the NCB constructed a new shed near to the sidings on the main line where all locos would be stabled and maintenance carried out.

NCB loco Haig an 0-4-0ST built by Andrew Barclay in 1909 standing outside the engine shed having been take out of use. The loco was scrapped on site during February 1963.
6th June 1959.
Photo by Alex Appleton.
Reproduced with permission from the Industrial Railway Society.

The end for Lea Green came in August 1964 when production ceased and the private sidings closed on 28th January 1967. The colliery buildings and relatively new engine shed were retained within an industrial estate until that too closed in the late 1990's. The whole site including the colliery tip has been demolished and a housing estate now occupies the site.


Industrial Railways of St Helens Widnes and Warrington by C.H.A. Townley and J. A Peden :- Published by The Industrial Railway Society

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