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Click to enlargeThis Lancashire Dynamo & Crypto (LDC) badge was from alternator No. 2 in the power house. Both turbines in the power house were Bellis & Morcom, but the alternators they drove were from two different suppliers: No.1 (supplied c.1923) was English Electric; No.2 (supplied c.1940) was LDC.
All of the electric winder apparatus was English Electric.
(Above information courtesy of Nick Lyons.)

This particular plate was recovered from the pit after closure.
It is made of brass and measures 9"x 7" (approx. 23 x 18 cm). This little piece of mining history survived demolition and was sold on eBay in 2010.

Click to enlargeThis unique original black and white photograph of LNER Steam Locomotive Blue Peter (LNER Peppercorn Class A2 60532 built Doncaster 1948 ) was taken at Walton Colliery in the 1970s. In August 1974 the Blue Peter and another large steam locomotive, the Bittern (LNER Class A4 4464 built Doncaster 1937), were housed at the colliery from August 1974 before being removed to the Glossop Railway Museum in January 1979.
Find out more about the Blue Peter at North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group.
(Photograph © B.G. Dixon).
Click to enlargeThis is the Blue Peter in action.

■ Click here to see Blue Peter in glorious colour.
Click to enlargeStill in operation - this is 1965. Photo taken from the 10.00 Birmingham - Leeds express passing West Riding Junction. 1st August 1965. This excellent picture of the colliery was taken by Bill Wright (visit barkingbill on Flickr).
Picture shows view across the pit towards Crofton in the distance. Woodyard Cottages are to the front of the pit and the Spike (Ings Cottages) behind it. The line of trees to the left of the stone cottages (Woodyard) denotes the Barnsley Canal. This stretch is still in water and is used by anglers. The train from which the photograph was taken would be on the old Midland Line that linked with the East Coast Line (Doncaster - Leeds) via Sandal Curves at West Riding Junction, with the main track continuing to Oakenshaw Junction and beyond. The railway line in front of the pit is the East Coast Line to Wakefield Westgate and Leeds and passes underneath the track being travelled on by the photographer. In the distance, another spoil heap is visible.
Click to enlargeThis shunting engine was photographed in the 1960s at Walton Colliery.
Click to enlargeWalton Colliery, closed but still there on the 29th March 1980. Click to enlargeThe pit bank. In the background is a duplex winch by John Mills of Llanidloes.
I believe this is now on display at the National Mining Museum for England at Caphouse Colliery.
[Wednesday, 4 June 1980]
[© Copyright Chris Allen and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.]
■ See Nick Lyons photograph on page 1.
Click to enlargeLocally, this was called the 'White Bridge', a public footpath now leads through this bridge and then through another to Doncaster Road. The first bridge carries a freight line between Wakefield and Hare Park Junction, the second carries a passenger line between Wakefield and Streethouse.
[22 Sep 2011]
Click to enlargeA selection of pictures taken by Derek Horton after the pit had been closed and before demolition was completed. Now, everything has gone. This one shows the three headgear. [1] Click to enlargeThe old mine in the process of ceasing to exist. This photograph shows part of one of the tips. [1]
Click to enlarge.The lamp room building. [1] Click to enlargeMore from the Derek Horton's collection showing the abandoned mine. The engine shed. [1]
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A general view of the pit buildings.[1]

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Engine sheds in the foreground and screens in the background.[1]

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The headgear and gantry.[1]

Click to enlargeView of the gantry.[1]

Click to enlargeHector, one of the pit ponies, making new friends as he enjoys a bit of R & R. Photographed in the the area of the Shay Lane car park, before the pit site was transformed into the nature park. Click to enlargeThe colliery in the 1980s before it was demolished.
(Precise date and photographer not known.)
1. Photographs by Derek Horton. More of his pictures are on page 5.
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