Immingham Dock electric railway station
Immingham Dock electric railway station was the western terminus of the Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway which ran from Corporation Bridge, Grimsby with a reversal at what was euphemistically called Immingham Town.
History and description
The "Inter Urban" railway system was built to carry workers between Grimsby and the dock facilities. Dock station was situated by the main entrance lock and at right angles to it. Immingham Town was a good mile from the village of Immingham, across flat, unsheltered land by an unlit road. Most dock workers from the village could walk or cycle to work more directly than walking or cycling to "Tramcar Halt" as it was locally known, then paying a fare to travel to the dock. Immingham residents did, however, make the treck to use the trams to travel to Grimsby, but in penny numbers compared with the line's core purpose. The single biggest set of users of Immingham Town was locomen travelling between their homes in Grimsby and their workplace at Immingham engine shed which was about a third of a mile away.
The section of line between Immingham Town and Dock stations was double track. It ran on its own reserved way from the docks, becoming a street tramway to cross "Tramcar Bridge" over the Grimsby to Immingham freight line. At the Immingham side of the bridge was Immingham Town station, though "station" is also a euphemism, the sole facility being a wooden hut, later replaced by a brick bus (tram) shelter which was still there on 22 July 2012, windowless and filled with rubbish, but structurally intact. The line reversed there and became reserved single track with passing places to Pyewipe Tram Sheds on the outskirts of Grimsby where it again became a street tramway to Corporation Bridge. On 22 July 2012 eight of the original pointed-topped concrete posts used to support the overhead wires were still in situ by the site of Immingham Town.
The section from Immingham Town (originally called "Immingham Halt") to Immingham Dock was opened on 17 November 1913, although the longer section from Corporation Bridge to Immingham Halt had opened without ceremony on 15 May 1912. A third of a mile extension from Immingham Town to Queens Road, Immingham, was agreed by the GCR when they "sold" the idea of the tramway to Lord Yarborough, but was then "forgotten" by the company. Influential fingers were wagged and the GCR grudgingly built the extension, getting it approved for traffic by the Board of Trade in 1915. It never carried a single paying passenger. A "proving" car ran every three months, but the overhead wires were scrapped in WW2 and all trace was removed by 1955.
The on-street section from Corporation Bridge to Pyewipe closed on 30 June 1956. The remainder closed on 1 July 1961.
Two tramcars have survived. No. 14 is part of the National Collection and is kept as a static exhibit at the Tramway Museum, Crich, Derbyshire. No. 26 was bought from Gateshead tramways when it closed after WW2. When the Grimsby & Immingham closed it was returned to the North East and restored to Gateshead livery and to working order. It now runs at the Beamish Museum in Couinty Durham.
- Feather, T. (February 1993). "Great Central Inter-Urban"". Forward (Great Central Railway Society). ISSN 0141-4488.
- Price, J. H. The Tramways of Grimsby, Immingham & Cleethorpes". Light Rail Transit Association., undated, no ISBN number
- Electric Traction Archive 118, The B&R Video Productions, contains a fine section on the tramway
- The Passing of Pyewipe, Online Video, solely about the tramways of Immingham, Grimsby & Cleethorpes