The Bassetlaw (North Notts) Railway Society was founded in 1974 by a group of local enthusiasts interested in promoting railways in the North Nottinghamshire area. The club is based in Retford and has its clubrooms on platform 1 of Retford Railway Station.
The society meets on the third Wednesday of each month in it's club rooms on
platform 1 of Retford railway station. Meetings comprise of a mixture of visiting speakers,
film & slide shows and modelling demonstrations. In addition, a selection of
evening trips are usually arranged during the summer months, recent locations
visited include The Stockholes Miniature Railway, Barrow Hill Diesel Depot and
Doncaster Power Box. Following the recent sale of the club layout,
'Idleforde Junction' the modelling group are currently working on new exhibition
standard model railways in 'TT', 'OO' and
'O' gauges. The society organises an annual Model Railway Exhibition in Retford's Town Hall over the third weekend of
November. If you would like to join us, or would like further information
about the society, please click on the 'membership' link in the navigation bar.
WHERE IS BASSETLAW??
Bassetlaw is an area in North Nottinghamshire, England, covering 245 Square miles. Situated between agricultural Lincolnshire and industrial South Yorkshire the district has two main population centres - the traditional market towns of Retford and Worksop. Bassetlaw is steeped in history, from the legends of Robin Hood to the story of the Pilgrim Fathers. William Brewster and Richard Clyfton left their homes and friends in Bassetlaw to sail on the Mayflower.
Bassetlaw dates back to 10th century Viking times and takes its name from the ancient Wapentake, largest of the mediaeval divisions of Nottinghamshire.
The Bassetlaw Railway Society draws members from a wide area and meets in Retford. One of the oldest boroughs in England, Retford's royal charter was granted by Henry III in 1246. In 1766 the Great North Road was diverted through the town and in 1777 a canal opened linking Retford to the river Trent. The town became a railway centre in 1849.
Today, high speed diesel and electric trains of the Great North Eastern Railway and modern diesel units of Hull Trains speed through on their way to London, York, or Edinburgh. Some 16 trains in each direction stop at Retford, bringing the capital cities only 90 minutes, and 3 hours away respectively. Further east-west lines link Retford and Worksop with Sheffield, Lincoln, and Grimsby.
In May 1998 the Robin Hood Line reached Worksop, linking the town to Mansfield and Nottingham by rail for the first time since 1965.