Selby railway station

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Selby National Rail
Selby
Selby station from the south, 2011
Location
Place Selby
Local authority Selby
Coordinates 53°46′59″N 1°03′48″W / 53.783000°N 1.063440°W / 53.783000; -1.063440Coordinates: 53°46′59″N 1°03′48″W / 53.783000°N 1.063440°W / 53.783000; -1.063440
Grid reference SE618322
Operations
Station code SBY
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures and station information
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05   0.395 million
2005/06 Increase 0.406 million
2006/07 Increase 0.443 million
2007/08 Increase 0.473 million
2008/09 Increase 0.499 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.453 million
2010/11 Increase 0.481 million
2011/12 Increase 0.485 million
History
Key dates Opened 1834 (1834)
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Selby from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Selby railway station serves the town of Selby in North Yorkshire, England. The original terminus station was opened in 1834 for the Leeds and Selby Railway. The Hull and Selby Railway extended the line in 1840, and a new station was built, with the old station becoming a goods shed. The station was rebuilt in 1873 and 1891, the 1891 rebuilding being required due to the replacement of the swing bridge over the Ouse at the same time.

The area around the station has been the location for the junctions of a number of lines, including the former East Coast Main Line route between Doncaster and York, as well as the Selby to Market Weighton Line (1848), and the Selby to Goole Line (1910). After 1983 with the opening of the Selby Diversion Selby is no longer on the East Coast Main Line.

As of 2014 lines lead from Selby to Leeds, Hull and Doncaster. The station is managed by First TransPennine Express, and receives regional trains operated by Northern Rail and Transpennine Express, as well as Hull-London services operated by Hull Trains and East Coast.

History[edit]

1834 station[edit]

Original Leeds and Selby station, now warehousing (2013)

In 1834 the Leeds and Selby Railway opened, running east west from a terminus station in Marsh Lane, Leeds to a terminus at Selby.

The line opened 22 September 1834, with only one track complete.[1] A train from Leeds set off a 6 am and arrived in Selby around 9 am, to a general celebration. When general service started the journey took about 65 minutes.[2] The main stations were not completed a few months after the line opened; the Selby terminus at a cost of £10,300. Both tracks of the line were completed by 15 December 1834.[3]

The basic design of the station was of a large warehouse shed, 245 feet (75 m) long and 96 feet (29 m) wide on a site of around 3 acres (1.2 ha), with a wooden trussed roof of three spans (of approximately 25', 46', and 25')supported via iron brackets on 19.5 feet (5.9 m) cast iron columns, which were hollow and acted as drainpipes, to collect rain water then stored in underground tanks. Station offices and other buildings were built adjoining the station. The train shed had six lines of track, four for freight and two for passengers.[4][5][6] Lines for coal and lime were separate, outside the shed to the east, the offices at the northwest corner. The line of rails continued through the station to a wharf on the river Ouse.[7][8] Journeys to Hull were completed by Packet boat from Selby.[1]

After construction of the new station in 1840, with the connection on the Hull and Selby Railway old station became a goods station.[9]

The rail links to the old station were removed in the 1980s. As of 2009 the station is used as warehousing by Viking Shipping Services Ltd..[10]

1840 station[edit]

In 1840, the Hull and Selby Railway was opened.[11] To cross the River Ouse, a bascule lifting bridge was installed, northwest of the old station.[n 1] At that time ships had priority over railway traffic.[12]

The Hull and Selby, and Leeds and Selby railways connected 'end on' at Selby, west of the old station; the Leeds and Selby line diverged from its old terminus path at a junction near the crossing of Park street; the line of the railway ran a short distance west, and parallel to the track in the original station.[13] A new through station was built, and the old station became a goods station.[9]

1873 station[edit]

In 1871 the NER opened two new sections of track, from Shaftholme junction (4miles north of Doncaster) to Selby Old West junction (Selby), and from Barlby junction (across the ouse from Selby) to Chandler's Whin junction (Dringhouses, York); these formed a new route for the East Coast Main Line[14]

A new station was constructed from between 1870 and 1873, built by Thomas Nelson to a design from Thomas Prosser's office in the NER.[15]

1891 station[edit]

North end of Selby station and the swing bridge (1957)

In 1891 a new swing bridge was built downstream (east) of the original over the Ouse (see 1891 Selby swing bridge). The priority of river traffic over rail traffic was reversed on completion of the new bridge; crossings by rail were more than ten times more numerous than river craft.[16]

As a consequence of the shift in the path of the railway the old station was rebuilt. The down (west) platforms were retained and modified, whilst the up (east) platforms were moved eastwards, re-using and extending Prosser's platform roof. The architect for the remodelling and extension was the NER's William Bell.[17]

History of rail transport at Selby[edit]

In addition to the main lines west to Leeds (Leeds & Selby, 1834), east to Hull (Hull & Selby, 1840), and north and south to York and Doncaster (York & Doncaster branch, 1871), the rail system at Selby was the location for a number of junctions to other lines, and other facilities.

A branch from the Hull line (nr. Barlby to Market Weighton) opened in 1848.[18] (see Selby and Market Weighton Railway) The line ran from Cliffe junction east of the Ouse south of Barlby, around a mile east of Selby.[19]

The Cawood, Wistow and Selby Light Railway (CW&SLR) was opened in 1898 linking the Leeds & Selby Railway to the village of Cawood. Until 1904 the line had a separate station, Brayton Gates, 1 mile west of Selby. The line was predominantly used for agricultural traffic but also carried passengers until 1930, its final closure taking place in 1960.

The Selby to Goole Line opened in 1910, ran via the villages of Barlow, Drax and Rawcliffe to Goole. The line closed in 1964 as a result of the Beeching report. A short section of the line was used to access a ballast tip near Barlow until 1983.

In the mid 20th century the 'Loop Line' was converted into a triangle junction by the addition of a short chord between the Selby-Doncaster and Selby-Leeds lines.[20]

In 1983 the Selby Diversion of the East Coast Main Line was opened, avoiding the area around Selby due to possible subsidence from the drift mining works of the Selby Coalfield. As a result Selby ceased to be a through route on the ECML. The 1871 line from Selby to York was closed on 24 May 1983 and in 1989 was converted into a cycle track which now forms part of route 65 of the National Cycle Network.

Engine sheds and industrial branches[edit]

An engine shed was built 1870-2, in the V of the junction between the lines to Doncaster and Leeds. The shed was a standard NER design roundhouse by Prosser in a square overall shed, with 20 tracks. The shed was extended to a similar extent in 1896-8 with an adjacent square shed to a design by Bell.[21][20] In around 1900 a short "Loop Line" was built south of the station, altering the path to the Leeds line by forming a junction on the Doncaster line further south, beyond the engine sheds. The original route out of Selby to Leeds became peripheral, part of the sidings associated with the engine sheds.[20]

There was also a Canal works (dye and leather chemicals) east of the Doncaster line,[n 2] on the banks of the Selby Canal, connected by sidings from the mid 20th century.[24] Also on the Selby side of the Ouse were sidings for the gas works, and for a wood yard,[25] and for the 'Ousegate Maltings' as well as accommodation sidings for the Goods shed.[26]

Barlby signal box with BOCM mill in background (2007)

On the far bank of the Ouse there were industrial sidings: A seed mill north of the line had been established by in 1909 with a rail connection; this developed in to a large mill Olympia Mills, later part Jurgens (1919),[n 3] Unilever (1929), and BOCM (1952).[27][28] (now part of BOCM Pauls, not rail connected).

Also on the far bank a Sugar Beet factory, was rail connected from the south side Hull-Selby line from the mid 20th century.[24] In 1983 the site was acquired by logistics company Potter Group,[29] and redeveloped into a 62 acres (25 ha) distribution centre including a rail freight terminal and warehousing.[30][31] Client occupiers include Cemex (Asphalt concrete, using stone from Peak Forest, Derbyshire),[32][33] and Clipper Logistics (e-commerce clothing/textile logistics).[34][35]

Current services[edit]

Selby station (2006)

To Hull - Monday to Saturdays there are generally two trains per hour to Hull. An hourly First TransPennine Express service and either a train from York or a First Hull Trains service from London Kings Cross.

To York - there is generally an hourly service daily north to York. Some services start/ terminate here, others run to and from Hull.[36]

To Leeds - Monday to Saturdays there are two trains per hour to Leeds.[37] One Northern Rail stopping service (usually continuing westwards to Bradford Interchange, Halifax and Huddersfield), and one First TransPennine Express service to Manchester Piccadilly. Evenings and Sundays there is either an hourly or two-hourly First TransPennine Express service to Leeds and Manchester. One service each weekday (and Saturday) morning continues to Manchester Airport.

To London - there are eight trains per day on weekdays in total via Doncaster to London Kings Cross. All except the Hull Executive, which is run by East Coast are provided by First Hull Trains. On Saturdays and Sundays, there are six trains to and from London (one East Coast service and five from First Hull Trains).

Northern also run two trains to/from Doncaster (one in the early morning and one in the evening - the latter pair through from Sheffield).


Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station


Doncaster   East Coast
East Coast Main Line/York-Doncaster branch - Hull and Selby Line
  Brough
Doncaster   First Hull Trains
East Coast Main Line/ York-Doncaster branch - Hull and Selby Line
  Howden
First TransPennine Express
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Northern Rail
Disused railways
Temple Hirst   York and Doncaster branch (ECML, Old route)   Riccall
Terminus   CW&SLtR   Brayton Gates
Terminus   Selby to Goole Line   Barlow
Terminus   Selby to Driffield Line   Cliff Common

Trivia[edit]

In 2009 Selby celebrated the 175th anniversary of the opening of the first Selby station.[38]

The station is mentioned in the song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For details of the 1834 Ouse railway bridge at Selby see Selby swing bridge (1840)
  2. ^ Former Liqourice factory, acquired by Yorkshire Dyeware and Chemical Company in 1912.[22] Disconnected from the rail network c.1970s (OS map 1866, 1982). Closed by Clariant 2008.[23]
  3. ^ See also Antoon Jurgens, Antonius Johannes Jurgens and Margarine Unie.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tomlinson 1915, pp. 256-257.
  2. ^ Parsons 1835, pp. 77-78.
  3. ^ Tomlinson 1915, pp. 259-260.
  4. ^ Tomlinson 1915, p. 259.
  5. ^ Parsons 1835, pp. 82-83.
  6. ^ Brees, First series, Plate 62.
  7. ^ Brees, 4th series, Plate 48, legend pp.cii-cii.
  8. ^ Tomlinson 1915, p. 254, 258, 260.
  9. ^ a b Hoole 1986, pp. 29-30.
  10. ^ Yorkshire's First Railway Station 2009, pp. 14-15.
  11. ^ Tomlinson 1915, p. 337-338.
  12. ^ Triffitt 1897, p. 207.
  13. ^ Ordnance Survey. Town plans 1:1056 1848
  14. ^ Tomlinson 1915, p. 3, 644.
  15. ^ Fawcett 2003, p.35; Chap.3, n.31, p.128.
  16. ^ Triffitt 1897, pp. 207-8.
  17. ^ Fawcett 2003, p.35, Colour Plate 4, p.34.
  18. ^ Tomlinson 1915, p. 491.
  19. ^ Ordnance Survey| Sheet 221 1845-7; 221NE 1889-90
  20. ^ a b c Ordnance Survey. Sheet 221SE 1938, 1950
  21. ^ Fawcett 2003, p.102; Fig.7.8, p.103.
  22. ^ Whitworth, Isabella (September 2008), An Archive and Beyond, Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers 227: 7 
  23. ^ Jobs axed in factory closure plan, BBC News, 7 November 2007 
  24. ^ a b Ordnance Survey. Sheet 221SE 1950
  25. ^ Selby's Hidden Heritage 2011, p.1, col.1, "Firstly: The Overall View".
  26. ^ Selby's Hidden Heritage 2011, p.1, col.3, "Looking at things in more detail".
  27. ^ Ordnance Survey Sheet 221NE 1889-90, 1905, 1938, 1950
  28. ^ Brace, Harold W. (1960), History of Seed Crushing in Great Britain, p. 154 
  29. ^ Company History, www.potterlogistics.co.uk, retrieved 17 July 2014 
  30. ^ Godfrey, Ron (6 June 2009), Potter Group’s freight project receives green honours, www.yorkpress.co.uk 
  31. ^ Selby Distribution Centre, www.potterlogistics.co.uk, retrieved 17 July 2014 
  32. ^ Turley Associates (1 September 2011), The Potter Group - Selby Core Strategy Examination in Public, Selby Council, §1.2-1.7, p.1 
  33. ^ CEMEX UK renews 25-year bulk contract with The Potter Group, www.multimodal.org.uk, 18 February 2010 
  34. ^ Clipper on track for expansion, www.thebusinessdesk.com, 27 February 2009 
  35. ^ Perry, Dominic (11 March 2009), Potter adds Clipper Group as tenant for Selby site, www.commercialmotor.com 
  36. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 34, Hull - Selby - York, Northern Rail, 8 December 2013 - 17 May 2014  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  37. ^ Northern Rail Timetable 35, York & Selby to Leeds, Northern Rail, 8 December 2013 – 17 May 2014 
  38. ^ "Selby celebrates 175th anniversary of the opening of railway station". www.yorkpress.co.uk (Newsquest Media Group). 21 September 2009. 

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