Station Name: SOUTH CAVE

[Source: Mark Dyson]
Date opened: 22.7.1885
Location: On the west side of Kettlethorpe Hill (A1034)
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: The station was restored as a house 1990, Goods shed is now in industrial use.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE918328
Date of visit: 1987 & July 1990

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.

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


South Cave Station in the 1950's. The road bridge was a notorious A1034 bottleneck; it was removed in 1999 and the road realigned
Photo from Neville Stead collection

South Cave Station during track lifting in June 1963
Photo by Peter Brumby from Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund web site.


South Cave Station in July 1990 after house conversion

Photo by Mark Dyson






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[Source: Mark Dyson]

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