Plans to build a heritage railway line through the coalfields where the 1984 miners' strike began have taken 'a major step forward', enthusiasts say. Funds have been raised to construct a level crossing allowing the Elsecar Heritage Railway (EHR) in South Yorkshire to be doubled in length. This means trains will eventually be able to travel between Elsecar and Cortonwood, where the dispute began. The EHR hopes to re-brand the 2.5-mile (4km) route as the Coalfield Line.
Plans to build a heritage railway line through the coalfields where the miners' strike began take "a major step forward".