Boston railway station
|Managed by||East Midlands Trains|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Key dates||Opened 17 October 1848|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Boston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
The station opened for service on 17 October 1848 with the opening of the Great Northern Railway East Lincolnshire line.
The station has declined in importance since the 1960s. In its heyday the station employed over 50 staff and had two through tracks and cover over the platform tracks. The Skegness bound platform had classic Great Northern Railway architecture buildings as well, now replaced with plastic shelters. The station frontage remains, albeit altered, in partially reconstructed manner, and some of the buildings have found new uses.
Boston station was once an important junction, with two lines diverging in either direction. Today, only the eastbound line to Skegness, and the westbound line towards Sleaford remain in use. There was previously a southbound line to Spalding (closed in October 1970) that joined the line to Peterborough (and formed part of the original GNR main line from London to York), and a north-westbound line to Woodhall Junction (closed in June 1963) and thence on towards Lincoln, Horncastle, or Louth. Both surviving routes are single line, with a passing loop at the station.
To the south of the station the access to Boston Docks via the swing bridge and the site of the Broadfield Lane depot remain (the rail link into the docks still sees occasional use). To the north along the old Lincoln to Boston and Horncastle route, about 2 miles north of the town is the old Hall Hills sleeper depot.
- Mr. Carruthers ca. 1849
- Mr. Waghorn 1851 - 1855
- G.R.H. Mullins 1855 - 1871
- John James Reading 1884 - 1899 (afterwards station master at Lincoln)
- D.J. Halliday 1899 - 1920
- J.W. Malkinson 1920 - 1928
- T. Day 1928 - 1933
- Clifford G. Turner 1933 - 1937 (afterwards station master at Ardsley)
- T.W. Croot 1937 - 1938 (afterwards station master at Spalding)
- W.P. Spinks 1939 -1949
- H.B. Onyon 1949 - 1951 (afterwards station master at Peterborough East)
- Charles Morris 1951 - 1955
As of December 2018 there is an approximately hourly service on weekdays to Nottingham via Grantham and Skegness. Some early morning and late evening trains start or terminate here. A limited service operates on Sundays in winter (afternoon and evening only), with extra trains in the summer timetable period.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|East Midlands Trains|
|Great Northern Railway||Terminus|
|Great Northern Railway|
- "Opening of the Great Northern Railway". Northampton Mercury. England. 21 October 1848. Retrieved 28 June 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Changes in the Situation of Station-master at the Boston Station". Lincolnshire Chronicle. England. 28 September 1855. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Mr. J.J. Reading's Departure from Boston". Boston Guardian. England. 16 December 1899. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Boston in 1928". Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian. England. 29 December 1928. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Stationmaster Retires". Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian. England. 29 January 1949. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "New Station Master for Boston". Lincolnshire Echo. England. 27 January 1949. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- "Railways now lack personal touch". Lincolnshire Standard and Boston Guardian. England. 5 March 1955. Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via British Newspaper Archive.
- Table 19 National Rail timetable, December 2018
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