Former Linby Colliery Robey Steam Winding Engine Centenary event.


About the Event: The preserved Linby Colliery steam winding engine celebrates its centenary with a special mining heritage event at the Papplewick Pumping Station on Sunday 19th June 2022. Built by Robey’s of Lincoln in 1922, it worked at Linby Colliery until 1982 when it was replaced by electric winding. The engine was moved to the Papplewick site and restored back to running order. It was the last steam winding engine in the National Coal Board (NCB) South Nottinghamshire Area. Linby Colliery was sunk in 1873 and closed in March 1988. Images below show the colliery in 1986 and the redeveloped site just over a decade later.

Mining heritage displays and actvities will take place as part of the centenary event including the Hucknall and Linby Brass band, Historical Coalmining Entertainer, David Coleman, and Songs and Rhymes from the Mines featuring local folk group, King of Rome and local coalmining poetry readings.

Schedule of events 

11.30am – 12 Noon   Hucknall and Linby Brass Band

12 Noon – 12.30pm   David Coleman, Historical Coalmining Entertainer

12.30pm – 1.00pm   Hucknall and Linby Brass Band.

1.00pm – 1.45pm  Songs and Rhymes from the Mines

1.45pm – 2.15pm   Hucknall and Linby Brass Band


Venue: Papplewick Pumping Station, Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire. NG15 9AJ


Date: Sunday, 19th June 2022 (11am – 3pm)


Cost: £5 per person, pay on the gate. Under 12’s free. Plese note the main James Watt pumping engine will not be in steam at this event, just the Robey steam winding engine.


Further Details: On the Papplewick Pumping Station website at  

Tel: (0115) 963 2938 or e-mail at


  Fig 2: 1922 Robey Steam Winding Engine in action at Linby Colliery.  Photo Credit: MuBu Miner collection.


  Fig. 3 Linby Colliery in 1986, just two years before closure. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner.


Fig. 4  The redeveloped Linby Colliery site in 1996. Photo Credit: MuBu Miner


Posted by Mining Heritage admin

26th May 2022. 

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