- Hull and Hornsea Railway
The Hull and Hornsea Railway was a
branch linein the East Riding of Yorkshire, which connected the city of Kingston upon Hullwith the seaside holiday resort of Hornsea.
In 1847 there was a proposal by
George Hudson's York and North Midland Railway, to build a railway to Hornsea from a junction with the Yorkshire Coast Linenear Arram railway station. This line would have terminated at a site to the north of Hornsea Mere. However, due to Hudson's downfall, this project was abandoned.
A second line, this time from Hull to Hornsea, was promoted by Hornsea resident and Hull timber merchant,
Joseph Armytage Wade. This proposal was successful, and the first sod was cut, by Mr Wade, on October 8 1862.
The line as originally planned was to run from the east of Cleveland Street (now Stoneferry Road) to
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.
The line was officially opened on
March 28 1864, with the first train departing Wilmington railway stationat 12:00 noon.
The line quickly ran into financial difficulties, and merged with the North Eastern Railway on
July 16 1866.
Following further changes of ownership, namely the
London and North Eastern Railway, and finally British Railways, the passenger service was axed following the Beeching Report. The last passenger train ran on October 19 1964. Goods traffic continued to use the line as far as Hornsea Bridge until May 3 1965.
The whole route today can be followed as a public footpath known as the
Hornsea Rail Trail.
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