A station on or near this site (to serve the nearby village of
Anlaby) was considered by the Hull and Barnsley railway but never
built. The halt consisted of 2 25' wooden platforms on the embankment
with ramps up from ground level; there were no other facilities,
books of tickets were available from local shops. The halt was
opened by the LNER to coincide with the introduction of a Hull
surburban service on the H&BR and other local branches, many
of these being operated by Sentinel steam railcars.
The bridge carrying the line over Wolfreton Lane was demolished
in the 1970's and the embankment removed on both sides of the
road. Housing occupies the site of the station.
Until very recently the newsagents on Wolfreton Lane was called
"Underbridge News", even though the bridge had been
demolished around 30 years earlier.
Springhead Halt was known locally as Forty Nine Steps. This name
refers to the number of steps one needed to climb to get to the
platforms. The 'new' housing development on the site of the embankment
is named Forty Steps.
At the foot of the embankment on the north side were a number
of railway cottages. They are still there.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE 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
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
& Kirk Ella, Little
Weighton, South Cave,
South Howden &
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