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
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.
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
North Cave, Wallingfen,
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. Willerby & Kirk Ella, North Eastrington,
South Howden and all stations west to Cudworth