[Source: Mark Dyson]

Date opened: 1.6.1864
Location: Mount Pleasant passes through the station site
Company on opening: North Eastern Railway
Date closed to passengers: 19.10.1964
Date closed completely: 3.3.1969
Company on closing: British Railways (Eastern Region)
Present state: Demolished - a new road occupies the station site and no evidence remains.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: TA112296
Date of visit: 23.10.2005

Notes: The station originally opened on 1.6.1853 but was short lived closing in November 1854. The station was resited and reopened ten years later in June 1864. Southcoates station was served by Withernsea trains and had an island platform accessed from a footbridge on the east side of the tracks, with a network of sidings on the west side of the station. Goods services were withdrawn from Souhcoates from 16.10.1905 and the station was unstaffed from 4.1.1960.

The York and North Midland railway served Hull's town docks on the western side of the River Hull from the goods station on Railway Street, however after the Victoria Dock on the east side of Hull opened in 1850 a new railway was necessary to serve it.

The Victoria Dock branch line was just over 3 miles long, running in a rough semicircle from Anlaby Road (junction with the Hull-Selby line) to the north of Hull and terminating at the dock; powers were obtained in June 1852 and the line opened for freight on 16.5.1853. The line was built at ground level, and there were level crossings on all of Hull's main roads. A suburban passenger service, one of the earliest in the country, began on 1.6.1853, it lasted only until 1854 due to lack of passenger numbers.

On initial opening of the Hull and Holderness Railway on 27.6.1854 trains terminated at Victoria Dock; Hull-Hornsea branch trains terminated at Wilmington station when that line opened on 28.3.1864. However from 1.6.1864 trains from both branch lines ran into Hull's Paragon Station via the Victoria Dock branch, bringing the passenger stations back into use.

With closure of the Hornsea and Withernsea routes in October 1964, the Victoria Dock branch stations closed, through freight services to and from the docks continued to use the line until its complete closure in 1968.

The trackbed eastwards beyond Wilmington station and at Southcoates has been obliterated by a new Ring Road, Victoria Dock station can be traced on the 1850's OS maps but closed in the 1860's and there is no trace'

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To see the other stations on the Victoria Dock Branch Line click on the
station name: Botanic Gardens, Stepney, Sculcoates, Wilmington &
Hull Victoria Dock

Southcoates station with its island platform.
Photo received from Nicholas Cox

1893 1:2,500 OS map shows the layout of the station. There is an island platform with a waiting room. Access is along a footpath along the west side of the line. The building to the west of the line close to the road is assumed to be the booking office.

Looking north west from the end of the platform towards the signal box at the crossing c1965. The footbridge seen here is smaller than the bridge shown on the map above. Access to the station is now along a footpath on the east side of the line. The building identified as a possible booking office on the map has been demolished and its site is occupied by a coal depot. By this date the station was unstaffed. The end of the platform has also been slightly shortened.
Photo by Keith Easton

Shunting at Southcoates station c1965. The station closed to passenger traffic the previous year but would remain open for goods traffic until 1969.
Photo by Keith Easton

Southcoates crossing and signal box.
Photo by Trevor Baldwin

The site of Southcoates station looking north in October 2005. In the shot looking north, the railway trackbed ran approximately through the traffic lights (the site of the level crossing on Holderness Road) and the new road north
hoto by Mark Dyson
The site of Southcoates station looking north in October 2005
hoto by Mark Dyson




[Source: Mark Dyson]

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