Station Name: WALLINGFEN

[Source: Mark Dyson]
Date opened: 22.7.1885
Location: Site lost under the M62
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: Demolished when the M62 motorway was built in the mid 1970's, no trace remains apart from some railway fencing sections in the trees north of the motorway.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: SE848308
Date of visit: April 1987 & 12.3.2006

Notes: The station was opened as Newport and was renamed Newport (Yorks) 9.1921 and renamed Wallingfen 1.7.1923.

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, Springhead Halt,
Willerby & Kirk Ella, Little Weighton, North Cave,
South Cave, Sandholme, 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

Newport Station before 1921
Photo received from Nicholas Cox

Looking east at the site of Wallingfen station from a bridge over the M62 in March 2006. The station stood approximately in the centre of the photograph on an an embankment necessary to gain the required height to cross the Market Weighton canal by girder bridge just to the east (close to the motorway signage gantry in the photograph). A station house similar in design to North Cave and Willerby stood to the north (left in photo) side of the line, wooden platforms were provided at track level.
Photo by Mark Dyson

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[Source: Mark Dyson]

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