Hull and Hornsea Railway

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The Hornsea terminus station front (restored) (2009)
Hull & Hornsea Railway
Hornsea
Hornsea Bridge
Wassand
Sigglesthorne
Whitedale
Burton Constable
Ellerby
Skirlaugh
Swine
Sutton-on-Hull
Stoneferry goods station
Stoneferry Junction(1913-1970)
Hull Dock Branch
Wilmington(1864-1912)
Victoria Dock Branch Line
Wilmington Junction
Wilmington(post 1912)
to Hull Paragon

The Hull and Hornsea Railway was a branch line in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, which connected the city of Kingston upon Hull with the east coast seaside holiday resort of Hornsea.

History[edit]

Early proposals and construction[edit]

The earliest proposal for a railway line to Hornsea was made by the York and North Midland Railway during the period of George Hudson's Chairmanship. This line of 10.5 miles (16.9 km) was to link Beverley (on the Hull to Bridlington line) to Hornsea via a junction near Arram railway station north of Beverley.[1][2] This line was to terminate at a site near Hornsea Mere.[3] The proposal was not progressed and did not go before Parliament.[4]

A second proposal, this time from Hull to Hornsea, was promoted by Hornsea resident and Hull timber merchant, Joseph Armytage Wade. The line was to both provide transportation to and from the agricultural region of Holderness, and to promote Hornsea as a seaside resort. This proposal was successful and an Act of Parliament passed in 1862 allowing its construction.[3][5] The line was to be 13 miles (21 km) in length for which the act allowed the raising of £70,000 in shares and £23,000 in loans.[4]

The first sod was ceremonially cut, by Mr Wade using a silver spade[img 1] and ornate wheelbarrow,[img 2] on 8 October 1862.[5][6]

The terminus was originally to be at Hornsea Bridge, but the plans were changed and a decision was made to extend right to the seafront. This proved costly, as the land on which the extension ran was boggy, requiring extensive piles to support the line. Consequently the cost of construction increased from £68,000 to £122,000.

Route and operation[edit]

The line began in Hull at Wilmington railway station east of Cleveland Street (now Stoneferry Road) just to the east of the Victoria Dock Branch Line. The line then ran generally east and north towards Hornsea.[7]

The line was officially opened on 28 March 1864, with the first train departing Wilmington railway station at 12:00 noon. From 1 June 1864 traffic travelled along the newly doubled Victoria Dock Branch Line (together with trains from the Hull and Holderness Railway) into Paragon station.[8]

All though the expected traffic materialised[9] the cost overruns of the construction left the company in debt, attempts to raise further funds by share issue had failed; the line merged with the North Eastern Railway on 16 July 1866.[10]

In 1914 there were 14 trains a day between Hull and Hornsea, including a non-stop 'express' for business commuters at 8.50 am (to Hull) and 5.18 pm (to Hornsea). Two trains ran on Sundays. At this time a typical goods locomotive on the line was the Class J type 0-6-0, passenger trains where also worked by 0-6-0 tender locomotives as well as ex-GCR Class 9Ns and ex-Great Northern Railway 4-4-2 locomotives during the L.N.E.R period.[9]

The service remained at a similar level of intensity until the 1950s, excluding reductions in frequency during the first and second world wars. By the 1950s Diesel multiple units had been introduced on the line.[9]

Closure of the line came as a direct result of the Beeching Report. The last passenger train ran on 19 October 1964. Goods traffic continued to use the line as far as Hornsea Bridge until 3 May 1965.

On short section was retained in northeast Hull, part of the line east of Wilmington station as far as the level crossing at Chamberlain Road provided a head shunt for trains to Wilmington cement works, accessed via a new chord from the former Hull and Barnsley line. The section became operational in 1968.[11] The cement works closed 1969,[12] by the 1980s the section had been removed.[13]

Stations[edit]

Stations on the line from Hull to Hornsea
Station Opened Closed Notes / Map reference Current status
Wilmington[14] 1864 1964 Replaced by new station in 1912 on the Victoria Dock Branch Line west of the original.
53°45′35″N 0°19′48″W / 53.7596°N 0.3300°W / 53.7596; -0.3300 (Wilmington)
Demolished. The booking office remains as a cafe.
Sutton[15] Renamed Sutton-on-Hull in 1874.
53°46′55″N 0°18′26″W / 53.781900°N 0.307200°W / 53.781900; -0.307200 ("Sutton-on-Hull")
Demolished. Station master's house is a private residence
Swine[16] Staggered platforms either side of a level crossing.
53°48′15″N 0°15′54″W / 53.804200°N 0.265100°W / 53.804200; -0.265100 ("Swine")
Station building is a private residence
Skirlaugh[17] 1957 53°49′15″N 0°14′58″W / 53.820900°N 0.249500°W / 53.820900; -0.249500 ("Skirlaugh") Demolished, platforms remain
Ellerby[18] 1902
1959
The station was a 'market station' opening only on Tuesdays. After closing to passengers in 1902 it was referred to as Ellerby siding. Renamed again to Weelerby West Siding* in 1923
53°49′44″N 0°14′11″W / 53.829000°N 0.236300°W / 53.829000; -0.236300 ("Ellerby")
The station is a private residence. Platforms remain.
Marton /
Burton Constable
/ Ellerby[19]
1964 Renamed to Burton Constable on 1 August 1864, then to Ellerby* in 1922.
53°50′17″N 0°13′34″W / 53.838000°N 0.226100°W / 53.838000; -0.226100 ("Burton Constable")
Station building still extant
Whitedale[20] 53°51′05″N 0°13′08″W / 53.851500°N 0.218800°W / 53.851500; -0.218800 ("Whitedale") Station, platforms and goods yard still extant.
Hatfield /
Sigglesthorne[21]
Staggered platforms on either side of a road crossing. Renamed Sigglesthorne* in 1874.
53°52′13″N 0°12′24″W / 53.870200°N 0.206800°W / 53.870200; -0.206800 ("Sigglesthorne")
Station house is a private residence.
Goxhill /
Wassand[22]
1953 / 1960 A 'market day' station; services only 1 day per week. Renamed Wassand* in 1904. Closed to passengers in 1953, completely in 1960.
53°52′59″N 0°11′38″W / 53.883000°N 0.193800°W / 53.883000; -0.193800 ("Wassand")
Station building is a private residence
Hornsea Bridge[6] 1964 Also contained the goods facilities for the town, north of the station.[23]
53°54′15″N 0°10′16″W / 53.904090°N 0.171200°W / 53.904090; -0.171200 ("Hornsea Bridge")
Demolished
Hornsea /
Hornsea Town[3]
The terminus of the Hull and Hornsea Railway, the building had a station canopy on cast iron columns. Renamed Hornsea Town in 1950.
53°54′40″N 0°09′48″W / 53.911200°N 0.163300°W / 53.911200; -0.163300 ("Hornsea Town")
Restored and converted to housing in 1987 after dereliction. Grade II listed building.[24]
* Stations were renamed to avoid confusion with similarly named stations on the same railway companies network - typically this occurred on expansion and on mergers

Line post closure[edit]

Road bridge over the trackbed, near Hornsea

Almost the entire route today can be followed as a public footpath known as the Hornsea Rail Trail (part of the Trans Pennine Trail); many of the station buildings remain in the rural areas outside Hull. The line can also still be seen on preserved tile maps on LNER stations such as on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morfin 1991, p. 176
  2. ^ Tomlinson 1914, p. 472
  3. ^ a b c "Station Name: Hornsea Town". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Tomlinson 1914, p. 607
  5. ^ a b Gillet & MacMahon 1980, p. 278
  6. ^ a b "Station Name: Hornsea Bridge". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Goode 1981, pp. 74–75
  8. ^ Tomlinson 1914, p. 612
  9. ^ a b c Goode 1981, p. 76
  10. ^ Tomlinson 1914, p. 625
  11. ^ Bairstow, Martin (1995), Railways in East Yorkshire 2, p. 50, ISBN 1871944120 
  12. ^ Moore, Dylan (2011), "Cement Kilns - Wilmington", www.cementkilns.co.uk 
  13. ^ Ordnance Survey. 1:10000. 1982-4
  14. ^ "Station Name: Willmington". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Station name: Sutton-on-Hull". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Station Name: Swine". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Station Name: Skirlaugh". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Station Name: Ellerby (2nd station)". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Station Name: Ellerby". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "Station Name: Whitedale". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Station Name: Sigglesthorne". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Station Name: Wassand". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  23. ^ Goode 1981, p. 75
  24. ^ English Heritage. "Former Hornsea Railway Station, Railway Street (431498)". Images of England. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

Sources[edit]

  • British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas And Gazetteer. Ian Allan Publishing. 1958/1997. ISBN 0-7110-0320-3.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Gillet, Edward; MacMahon, Kenneth A. (1980). "Chapter 21: Railways". A History of Hull. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-85958-448-8. 
  • Goode, C.T. (1981). "Chapter 10: Into Holderness". Railways of East Yorkshire. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 0-85361-280-3. 
  • Morfin, John (1991). "Chapter 12: Railways to the Yorkshire Coast". In Lewis, David B. The Yorkshire Coast. Normandy Press. ISBN 0-9507665-3-4. 
  • Price, Peter (1989). Lost Railways Of Holderness, The Hull Withernsea and Hull Hornsea Lines. Hutton Press Ltd. ISBN 0-907033-86-5. 
  • Tomlinson, William Weaver (1914). North Eastern Railway, Its Rise and Development. David & Charles. 

Images[edit]

  1. ^ "Spade". Hull Streetlife museum collection. Hull City Council. 
  2. ^ "Rhinoceros wheelbarrow". Hull Streetlife museum collection. Hull City Council. 
Swine station (2008) 
Ellerby station building (2009) 
Whitedale station (2005) 
Sigglesthorne station (2007) 

External links[edit]

  • Hull and Hornsea railway Historical images, timetables, tickets and other publisher material, via www.hornseyoldandnew.co.uk