Sheffield Daily Telegraph – Friday 14 March 1890
Proposed Retford and Barnsley Railway.
This line is projected to diminish the distance between Barnsley and Retford; to shorten the route from the West Riding coal district to London, to develop the resources of the district; to afford accommodation to the towns of live to Blyth, Tickill and other villages on the line route now proposed; to afford facilities for the development of the coal belt of the district, and to open out a direct and other places to Barnsley, &c., via Retford.
Commencing by a junction with the Great Northern Railway about one mile north of the Retford Station, the line — about 18 miles in length—-would run through the townships of Barnby Moor, Hodsock, Blyth, Oldcoates, Styrrup, Tickhill, Stainton, Conisborough, and Denaby, and terminate, with the South Yorkshire Railway at Mexborough
At Conisborough Parks, lies the great South Yorkshire coalfield. At Conisborough Parks there is an extensive bed of ironstone and iron ore, of good quality, which is known to reach from near Holywell Brewery to Bramley. This line would tend to develop this, as it would run for about two miles of its length through this district.
At Conisborough there are sanitary pipe works, sickle works, woodsaw works, brush handle works, wheel and axle works, and glassworks, also breweries and maltings.
It will thus seen that this proposed “Retford and Barnsley Railway” will form an important link in the railway system, and give increased railway facilities, locally and generally.
It has been planned by Mr J.F. Errington Barnes, C.E., Cornwall Road, Dorchester