Station Name: SANDHOLME

[Source: Mark Dyson]
Date opened: 27.7.1885
Location: North of M62 motorway
Company on opening: Hull Barnsley and West Riding Junction Railway and Dock Company
Date closed to passengers: 1.8.1955
Date closed completely: 6.4.1959
Company on closing: British Railways (North Eastern Region)
Present state: Badly damaged by fire and now derelict
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE831305
Date of visit: April 1987, 12.3.2006, 6.3.2011

Notes: The station was once the site of a marshaling yard where trains were formed up before climbing over the Wolds to Hull.

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 1.1.1923

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.

Having been used as a private residence for many years, the building stood derelict and securely boarded up throughout 2009 and 2010, but by December 2010 the roof was missing - there is evidence of a fire and vandalism.

Other web sites: For a more detailed history and maps see Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund web site. 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, Little Weighton, North Cave,
South Cave, Wallingfen, South Howden &
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

Sandholme Station in 1959 a freight train heads west through Sandholme in 1959, shortly before the line closed. The marshalling yard can be seen on the left;
the station buildings are just out of shot to the right
Photo by Neville Stead (probable)

1909 1:2500 OS map.

Sandholme Station looking west in 1959 after closure
Photo from John Mann collection

Sandholme Station in 1969
Photo by
Graham Metcalf

Sandholme Station looking west in October 1971
Photo by John Mann

Sandholme Station forecourt in January 1979
Photo by Alan Lewis from his Flickr web site

Sandholme Station in Match 2006. The platforms and tracks were at this side, the view is similar to the 1969 photograph above. It would appear that an extension to the west end is imminent as footings have been excavated following demolition of the original west end of the building in December 2005.
Photo by Mark Dyson

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[Source: Mark Dyson]

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