Hull and Hornsea Railway
|Hull & Hornsea Railway|
Early proposals and construction
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. This line was to terminate at a site near Hornsea Mere. The proposal was not progressed and did not go before Parliament.
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. 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.
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
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.
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.
All though the expected traffic materialised 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.
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.
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.
One 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. The cement works closed 1969, by the 1980s the section had been removed.
|Stations on the line from Hull to Hornsea|
|Station||Opened||Closed||Notes / Map reference||Current status|
|Wilmington||1864||1964||Replaced by new station in 1912 on the Victoria Dock Branch Line west of the original.
||Demolished. The booking office remains as a cafe.|
|Sutton||Renamed Sutton-on-Hull in 1874.
||Demolished. Station master's house is a private residence|
|Swine||Staggered platforms either side of a level crossing.
||Station building is a private residence|
|Skirlaugh||1957||Demolished, platforms remain|
|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
||The station is a private residence. Platforms remain.|
|1964||Renamed to Burton Constable on 1 August 1864, then to Ellerby* in 1922.
||Station building still extant|
|Whitedale||Station, platforms and goods yard still extant.|
|Staggered platforms on either side of a road crossing. Renamed Sigglesthorne* in 1874.
||Station house is a private residence.|
|1953 / 1960||A 'market day' station; services only 1 day per week. Renamed Wassand* in 1904. Closed to passengers in 1953, completely in 1960.
||Station building is a private residence|
|Hornsea Bridge||1964||Also contained the goods facilities for the town, north of the station.
|The terminus of the Hull and Hornsea Railway, the building had a station canopy on cast iron columns. Renamed Hornsea Town in 1950.
||Restored and converted to housing in 1987 after dereliction. Grade II listed building.|
|* 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
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.
- Morfin 1991, p. 176
- Tomlinson 1914, p. 472
- "Station Name: Hornsea Town". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Tomlinson 1914, p. 607
- Gillet & MacMahon 1980, p. 278
- "Station Name: Hornsea Bridge". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Goode 1981, pp. 74–75
- Tomlinson 1914, p. 612
- Goode 1981, p. 76
- Tomlinson 1914, p. 625
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- Moore, Dylan (2011). "Cement Kilns - Wilmington". www.cementkilns.co.uk. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Ordnance Survey. 1:10000. 1982-4
- "Station Name: Willmington". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station name: Sutton-on-Hull". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 2 November 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Swine". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Skirlaugh". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Ellerby (2nd station)". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Ellerby". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Whitedale". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Sigglesthorne". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- "Station Name: Wassand". Disused Stations. Subterranea Britannica. 20 April 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
- Goode 1981, p. 75
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- Price, Peter (1989). Lost Railways Of Holderness, The Hull Withernsea and Hull Hornsea Lines. Hutton Press Ltd. ISBN 0-907033-86-5.
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- "Spade". Hull Streetlife museum collection. Hull City Council.
- "Rhinoceros wheelbarrow". Hull Streetlife museum collection. Hull City Council.
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