Station Name: LITTLE WEIGHTON

[Source: Mark Dyson]
Date opened: 22.7.1885
Location: On the west side of Rowley Road
Company on opening: Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company
Date closed to passengers: 1.8.1955
Date closed completely: 6.7.1964
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: Currently a private house, the up (westbound) waiting shelter also survives. The station has its original ticket office in situ as well as its fireplaces and attached to the waiting shelter, the original urinals. The ramp at the east end of the up platform survives under the road bridge.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE982335
Date of visit: July 1990, March 2003, 15.5.2005 & 5.12.2008

Notes: Little Weighton station opened a week after the line. It had two facing platforms with the main station building which incorporated the station master's house on the Hull platform. There was a small goods yard on the south side of the line. This comprised two sidings one of which passed through a small engine shed and on to serve a cattle dock and pens. The other siding curved round the southern boundary of the yard and served a coal depot. Access to the yard was controlled by a signal box at the west end of the station on the north side. There was also a 2-ton capacity crane in the yard.

The Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company was formed with the backing of Hull Corporation to break the monopoly on dock and rail traffic from Hull; it included a deep water dock (Alexandra Dock) to the east of Hull. The railway never reached Barnsley itself, terminating at Cudworth (junction with the Midland Railway) some four miles short having been vigorously opposed by the NER.

It was one of the last new main lines to be built, construction cost double the estimates, due in part to difficulties in cutting and tunneling through unexpectedly hard chalk in the Yorkshire Wolds near Little Weighton. Although it was constructed primarily for goods traffic to and from the new dock and the South Yorkshire coalfields, fine villa-style passenger stations were provided but though passenger traffic was sparse.

In 1905 the company name was shortened to the Hull and Barnsley Railway which was absorbed into the NER on 1.1.192. The line was gradually run down from the early 1930's with all passenger services ceasing in 1955. Today only the high level goods line around Hull and a short sections serving Drax power station remain in use.

Other web sites: For a more detailed history and maps see Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund web site. Tickets from Michael Stewart. Route map drawn by Alan Young

To see the other stations on the Hull Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway click on the station name: Hull Cannon Street, Beverley Road, Springhead Halt,
Willerby & Kirk Ella, South Cave, North Cave.
Wallingfen, Sandholme, South Howdenv &
Kirk Smeaton

The following stations on this line are not featured, if you have information on the present state of these stations and photographs we would like to hear from you. North Eastrington and all stations west to Cudworth

Little Weighton Station in c.1905



1909 1:2,500 OS map clearly shows the layout of the station and good yard.

Little Weighton Station in 1954
Photo c. Hull Daily Mail


Little Weighton Station
Photo received from Nicholas Cox


Little Weighton Station in 1959


Little Weighton Station looking westwards from overbridge in August 1990
P
hoto by Mark Dyson


Little Weighton Station looking westwards from overbridge in March 2003
P
hoto by Mark Dyson


The ramp survives at the east end of the up platform (December 2008)
P
hoto by Mark Dyson

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[Source: Mark Dyson]



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