The North Lindsey Light Railway 
at Winteringham

Winteringham Local History and Genealogy

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The North Lindsey Light Railway

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Winteringham Station Plan
Plan of Winteringham Station in 1953 reproduced by kind permission of Alan Corney
This scan kindly produced by Anthony ‘Flyer’ Robinson.
See below for enlarged section containing the station.

There are three different railway companies involved in the story of Winteringham, plus the Leeds Contracting Company.

They were:

The North Lindsey Light Railway;
The Great Central Railway, (originally called the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway); and
The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway.

The two big players - the GCR and the L&Y were very wary of each other's intentions for expansion, though neither showed any interest in the north-west of Lincolnshire until ironstone was discovered there in the 1890s.

When the 'Yorkshire Light Railway Syndicate' promoted a scheme to build the North Lindsey Light Railway from Scunthorpe, to Winteringham, with stations named Winterton & Thealby, and West Halton, both the major companies could see that there was a potential riverside outlet for at least some of the products from the expanding Scunthorpe steelworks.

The L&Y proposed in 1904 to build quays along the southern bank of the Humber, and run a steamship service there.  It also wanted to build a railway from Fockerby, where it already had a branch-line, under the Trent and then by way of Burton Stather, Alkborough, Whitton, Winteringham and South Ferriby to join with the line at Barton-on-Humber.

The Great Central persuaded the NLLR men to extend their railway from Winteringham to Whitton, with their own proposals for further extensions to Burton Stather in one direction and Barton in the other.  These extensions were authorised by Parliament in 1913, with the exception of the section between Alkborough and Burton.  Maps of the time were printed with the line to Barton already included, and with the extension from Whitton to Alkborough!  See here.

The issue was somewhat complicated by the L&Y apparently owning land on Winteringham Haven.  However, peace was declared after a meeting between the two sides, as here:

'Negotiations have taken place between the General Manager, Mr. Fay, and the L & Y. In the event of the final agreement being arrived at with the L & Y, the opposition to our Bill regarding the NLLR will become relatively unimportant.
1. The GCR will not enroach upon on interfere with L & Y property at Winteringham.
2. The GCR agree to the L & Y connecting their property by sidings to the NLLR.
3. The L & Y to agree to work all traffic as they would do their own(!).
4. The L & Y not to construct or assist in any way in the promotion of sidings or lines in competition with the NLLR, the intention being that in exchange for the facilities given by the GCR to the L & Y, the GCR or NLLR shall not be deprived of the traffic they were designed to carry.
5. The GCR to agree to all traffic arising upon or destined for the NLLR and the railways running from Winteringham towards Whitton and Barton from stations on the L & Y or beyond being exchanged at Doncaster and receipts divided by either the Doncaster or Askern route or accounted for as exchanged. This agreement to be in
6. The GCR not to object to any application made by the L & Y for authority to construct a Pier at Winteringham underthe Steam Vessels Act 1904.'

In the event, the line was built from Scunthorpe to Winteringham, and then just the section to Whitton.  The Great Central ran the trains, and the L&Y paid for the construction of sidings a wharf and chutes at Winteringham Haven, so peace was restored!  From Normanby Park North to Winteringham, and then later to Whitton, the line was single, and worked by electric train staff.  See here for newspaper speculation re the expansion of Winteringham.

First Train into WinteringhamThe NLLR was opened from Scunthorpe to Winterton in 1906, and then to Winteringham in 1907.  The very first passenger train run to Winteringham was a village sports club special on Saturday 13th July, leaving Scunthorpe at 3:45pm, and returning from Winteringham at 10:30 pm, and the line opened to the public on Monday 15th July.  The goods branch to the haven opened at the same time.  It wasn't until December 1910 however, that the line to Whitton was inaugurated.  The driver and fireman on the first scheduled train (15th July 1907) were Joe Stow, and Albert Ryall.  The locomotive (seen left) was a Parker 0-6-0T No 744 from the Keadby Shed.

There were three passenger trains in each direction.  Typically an early morning train would leave Scunthorpe shortly before 8 o'clock, arriving at Winteringham by about 8:15.  A quick turn round would see the train arriving back in Scunthorpe by 8:50.  There was an early afternoon train too, and the final train of the day would leave Scunthorpe shortly after 6, arriving at Winteringham by about half past, and returning to the steel town by 7.  One can only surmise that the first and last trains were timed to fit in with the working patterns of commuting villagers (as we would now call them).  However, it would appear the final train of the day was withdrawn as on the 2nd August 1912 the Parish Council received an appeal to reinstate the final train of the day to Winteringham.

Stationmasters HouseIn Winterton Road - a copy of the Stationmasters House!The stationmaster’s house was built next to the railway station.  One of its tenants - Theophilus Teall* - thought so much of the design of the house, that when he retired he had one built to almost the same design on Winterton Road as these two pictures show. 

Since these photos were taken, the real stationmaster’s house in Low Burgage has undergone major changes, and so the similarities are no longer as apparent.

For a very full description of the Stationmaster’s House, when it was still owned by the railways, please click here for “Flyer” Robinson’s account.

When the line was opened to Whitton, the first two trains went ‘all the way’ while the final train of the day terminated at Winteringham before returning to Scunthorpe.  Interestingly, there were two platforms at Winteringham!  The one for which we have numerous photographs was on the spur towards Low Burgage, but there was a second, joining the first at an angle to it so that trains to Whitton did not have to reverse, but simply pulled up on the adjoining platform, almost on the bridge over the Haven Drain.

All trains were made up of Third Class carriages (there were only two classes on the Railways by this time ... First and Third!).

The return fare from Winteringham to Scunthorpe was 8 (old) pence - approximately 3p in our present currency.  The station at Scunthorpe was just off Dawes Lane, close to St John’s Church.  The current Scunthorpe Station was named Frodingham, and later ‘Scunthorpe & Frodingham.’

Meanwhile on the goods side of the business, Lysaghts Steelworks were receiving iron ore shipments from Grimsby, and returning processed iron there for export or coastal shipment, and the anticipated use of Winteringham Haven for at least some of this traffic never materialised.

The railway staff employed at Winteringham Station were also charged with looking after business at the Haven.  The people employed were:Map - Winteringham Railway

1 stationmaster
1 signalman
1 male porter
1 female porter

Though it is believed that the staff frequently changed, the 1933 WEA group stated there were only four stationmasters between 1907 and 1926.  These were (in order of appointment): Mr. Herbert James Richards (see Kelly’s 1909), Mr. Barratt, Mr. Britain and Mr. Samuel Elliot.  But we have found evidence of others - Herbert Unsworth was Stationmaster (according to Kelly’s 1919 Directory), and Mr Theophilus Teall in 1913 (according to Kelly’s 1913 Directory)

Apart from the stationmaster’s house mentioned above there were two passenger platforms, at the eastern end of which was the booking hall, waiting room, staffroom, and so forth; a weighbridge capable of weighing lorries and other vehicles up to a limit of 20 tons; and a goods platform which handled many types of products, but chiefly farm produce and cement from the Eastwoods factory after it had opened in 1938.

The Weighbridge, Winteringham, 1965Shunting duties were carried out daily by the pick-up goods from Scunthorpe.

Anthony ‘Flyer’ Robinson tells us: “Even though Winteringham had a signalman on the staff, there was no signal box but he operated the signals and points on what is known as a ground frame (a single or number of levers in a frame at the track side or suitable position as with Winteringham at the end of the platform).”

After 1922, the passenger service was reduced to just one train in each direction per day.

The passenger side of the railway ran for exactly 18 years to the day that the first passengers had been carried the last regular passenger service being withdrawn on 13th July 1925.  As this is a Monday, I presume that the last passenger train actually ran on Saturday 11th July, there being no trains on Sundays.  This was the first closure of the century of passenger services in the locality.  Fred Hawkins and Ted Kirkby were two of those who were in the local platelaying gang.  About the time of the closure of passenger services, the staff included Fred Hawkins, Fred Hawkins junior, Ted Kirkby, Jack Weston, Elliott the Stationmaster, and H Ball the porter.

Railway NoticeVillagers of the time tell of numerous specials in addition to the normal service.  The specials included ones to the seaside, and others to London, especially to Wembley, which was then the newly opened West London stadium.

The freight service on the line continued until 1951.  During the Second World War the Haven had certainly seen an increase in some of its freight handling, with Eastwoods factory alone sending a shipment of 75,000 tons of cement to a Scottish naval base.  A memo from the LNER on 3rd June 1940, reminded those responsible for such things that “wagons for shipment at Winteringham must have bottom doors” [so that the coal could be discharged into barges via the chutes].

Although it is currently impossible to verify, the 75,000 tons of Eastwoods Humber Cement MAY have been used to build the 250,000 capacity concrete tank for fuel, which had an armoured roof in case of aerial attack.

By 1948, the goods pick-up was timetabled to leave Frodingham yard at 9:00 a.m., arriving at Whitton by 11:30.  It stayed there until 4:40 p.m. and returned to Frodingham by 6:35.

Soon though, the line - particularly beyond Winteringham towards Whitton - became a store for wagons.  In his book, "The Lost Railways of Lincolnshire" Stewart Squires tells of the time an engine and guard's van were dispatched to retrieve the wagons so that the track could be pulled up.  The engine was coupled to the first truck. "The guard then set off, returning 1 hours later to say that he thought 500 wagons excessive, and so he had only coupled the first 265 on!"

The line officially closed on 1st October 1951, and the tracks pulled up the following year.

But for several years afterwards it remained an unofficial shortcut between Winteringham and Whitton, and its hedgerows produced prolific crops of blackberries!

Winteringham Station PlanAn enlarged section of the station plan (reproduced by kind permission of Alan Corney , and scanned by Anthony ‘Flyer’ Robinson).

The platforms are marked in orange, with position and style of signals shown.  The buildings at the bottom (eastern) side of the plan are from left to right, Havelock Place, the Stationmaster’s House, the weighbridge office and the warehouse.

Bradshaw - North Lindsey Light Railway

‘Bradshaw’, (above, recreated below)


Scunthorpe dep
Winterton and Thealby
West Halton
Whitton arr

7 35
7 50
7 53
8   0
8 10

1 20
1 35
1 39
1 46
1 56

6 10
6 23
6 26
6 33


Whitton dep
West Halton
Winterton and Thealby
Scunthorpe arr

8 15
8 25
8 32
8 35
8 50

2   0
2 10
2 17
2 20
2 35

6 37
6 44
6 47
7   0




Junction to NLLR

Normanby Park North Signal BoxAnthony ‘Flyer’ Robinson not only lived in the Stationmaster’s House at Winteringham in the 50s and 60s, but also worked as a signalman on the southern section of the line in the 1970s (by which time of course the Winteringham section was closed).  His photographs of Normanby Park North signalbox, and the entrance to the southern end of the NLLR (right) show what the line was like.

Anthony writes: The signal box Normanby Park North was where I worked for a short time as a signalman This signal box was the the one that controlled trains onto and off the single line to Winteringham etc from the double track from Scunthorpe.  Behind it can be seen wagons loaded with iron ore to be taken to Scunthorpe over part of the NLLR from the mine at Dragonby. The motor cycle belonged to my father Ron who had loaned it to me as my own was in need of repair.
The second photo shows the southern end of the single line. The signal in the fore ground (left) is what is called the `starter`due to it been one that controlled the start of that section of line. The small ground signal (round disc) is the signal for the points into what we called Yorkshire Sidings - this had only one line but at one time had at least three, a number of wagons can be made out in it. The signal right of centre and farther back is the point where two tracks become one.  The signal has the red side of the arm towards the Single Line this one is what is called home signal or board farther away is the starter. On the sky line to the left of the first signal can be seen the dragline sticking up.  This was in the open cast mine at Roxby. This mine I believe is now used as a land fill site for rubbish from Manchester.

*In his excellent book, ‘The Railways of North Lincolnshire’ CT Goode gives details of the ‘Ackworth & Lindsey Railway’ of 1904.  Under this scheme the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway proposed to run a line from Ackworth via Sykehouse, Marshland Junction where there would be a connection with the Axholme Joint Railway, Swinefleet, Adlingfleet, a tunnel under the Trent, and then to Whitton - where the line would have a connection with the NLLR - Winteringham, South Ferriby, and independently through Barton to Goxhill, and then to have a spur to North Killingholme Haven and another to the Humber Commercial Railway.  What’s more, CT Goode tells us, the line was to be worked by electricity on the overhead system!

Whether this was a serious suggestion, or a ruse by the railway company to gain more conducive financial arrangements in its dealings with Goole Docks, and the Aire and Calder Canal is open to question.  But the tantalising prospect of an electric line through Winteringham never got past the proposal stage!

There are more details in Mr Goode’s book - details below. 

Book - Railways in North LincolnshireAugust 2005 saw the publication of Railways in North Lincolnshire, by Chris Bates and Martin Bairstow, is published by Martin Bairstow and available price 12.95 including postage from him at 53 Kirklees Drive, Farsley, Leeds LS28 5TD.
ISBN 1 871944 30 9

This book features a section on the North Lindsey Light Railway.


You may also like to read:
Great Central Vol III by George Dow, Locomotive Publishing Co 1405/3XX/965;
The Lost Railways of Lincolnshire by Stewart E Squires, Castlemead Publications, 0 948555 14 9;
The Railways of North Lincolnshire by C T Goode, 72, Woodland Drive, Anlaby, Hull HU10 7HX, 0 9508239 7 X;
Great Central Lines in Lincolnshire by Stephen Walker, KMS Books, 0 948017 01 5
The Light Railway King of the North by A L Barnett, the Railway and Canal Historical Society,
0 901461 15 6

Shut this gate NLLR


The line had signs like these on the gates guarding the line.

Photographs of the North Lindsey Light Railway at Winteringham in other publications:

A Browse Round Winteringham:
Page 32 - A passenger train crossing Marsh Lane about 1910
Page 39 - Low Burgage looking south (as in the picture 3rd on the top row above);
Page 40 - The First Train into Winteringham (as in the picture 4th in the top row, above);
Page 41 - A Plate-laying gang on the NLLR;
Page 41 - Winteringham Station staff about 1924

A Further Browse Round Winteringham:
Page 38 - Building the Light Railway Extension to Whitton, about 1907.
Page 41 - A view of the Haven, but showing the chutes and buffers on the Haven section.

The Lost Railways of Lincolnshire
Page 6 - Winteringham Station (as in the picture left on the second row above)
Page 6 - An aerial view of the Haven in September 1946.

Great Central Lines in Lincolnshire by Stephen Walker
Penultimate page, the postcard of the First Train (15th July 1907)
Last page - postcard of Winteringham Station in the 1930s

Railways in North Lincolnshire by Chris Bates & Martin Bairstow
Page 100 - Winteringham Station after the track was lifted

*Information on the first occupant of the “copy” of the Stationmaster’s House from Anthony Flyer Robinson.

Railway Photos
elsewhere on the site
(click the photo)

Winteringham Railway Station 1


Winteringham Railway Station 2


Winteringham Railway Station 3


Winteringham Railway Station 4


Winteringham Station - in working days


Winteringham Railway Station 5


Winteringham Railway Station 6


Winteringham Railway Station 7


Winteringham Railway Station 8


NLLR Notice not to trespass


Other Railway pages...

Click the picture

1905 Order


1905 Order


Winteringham Railway Stories


Winteringham Stationmaster's House


Winteringham Railway at War


Directors Report


NLLR Other documents


Winteringham Railway Station Bridge Remains


Winteringham's Best Ever Weekend?


Plans of the NLLR Extensions


Plans of the NLLR Extensions


Plans of the NLLR Extensions


Scunthorpe Telegraph Feature 1949


Icon 1907-08-14 W Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser


Map including railways near Winteringham

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