Station Name: WHITEDALE

[Source: Mark Dyson]

Date opened: 28.3.1864
Location: On the north side of an unnamed minor road.
Company on opening: Hull and Hornsea Railway
Date closed to passengers: 19.10.1964
Date closed completely: 3.5.1965
Company on closing: British Railways (Eastern Region)
Present state: The platforms and goods yard are extant, the station house is a private residence.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: TA173410
Date of visit: 25.5.1975, April 1991 & 6.12.2008

Notes: Whitedale had two facing platforms with the main station building which incorporated the stationmaster's house on the down side of the line. Each platform had a timber waiting shelter in the centre of the platforms. By the 1960s the shelter on the down platform had been removed while that on the up platfrorm had been moved closer to the lecel crossing.

There was a signal box at the south end of the up platform, thos controlled the level crossing and access to the goods yard which comprised a single siding serving coal drops on the up side of the line behind the up platform. There was also a weightbridge and weigh office and a small timber goods shed backing on to the platform.

After closure to passengers in 1964 the statioin remained open for goods traffic until 3 May 1965.

In 1911 the station had a catchment area with a population of 1280. 6,558 tickets were sold that year, and the main freight handled was wheat, with 766 tons being dispatched and barley with 515 tons. 333 wagons of livestock were also loaded at the station.

A line connecting the Hull-Scarborough branch at Arram to a site near Hornsea Mere had been proposed in 1846/7 by the York and North Midland Railway but never built due to the downfall of chairman George Hudson amidst a financial scandal.

A new line connecting Hull and Hornsea was promoted by Hornsea resident and Hull timber merchant Joseph Armytage Wade, the aim of such a line being to develop Hornsea as a fashionable Victorian seaside resort.

The first sod was turned by Wade on 8.10.1862. Problems were encountered during construction due to the nature of the local soil; there were further issues with poor workmanship and materials used by the contractors. A late change of plan saw the line extended from the proposed terminus at Hornsea Bridge to the seafront; this meant construction of an
embankment which required the ground to be piled adding substantially to the already escalating construction costs.

Opened on 28.3.1864, the line ran in a fairly direct North Easterly direction from Hull, the original Hull terminus was Wilmington station, though after 1st June 1864 trains ran via the Victoria Dock branch into Hull's Paragon station. Due to lower than expected receipts and consequent financial difficulties, the Hull and Hornsea Railway merged with the North Eastern Railway on 16.7.1866.

The line was constructed as a single track but was doubled throughout in the early 1900s. Diesel railcars were introduced from 71.1957 and operated local services from that date. Centralised Traffic Control (automated signaling and level crossings) was proposed in the early 1960's, but this was overtaken by the 'Beeching Report'. Closure to passengers came
services to Hornsea Bridge continuing until 3.5.1965.

Tickets from Michael Stewart

Today, the trackbed of the railway forms the 'Hornsea Rail Trail', also part of the 'Trans Pennine Trail'- the majority of station buildings still exist and the trackbed is virtually complete throughout.

Further reading 'The Lost Railways of Holderness' by Peter Price (Hutton Press)
ISBN 0 0907033 86 5

To see the other stations on the Hull & Hornsea Railway click on the station name: Sutton-on-Hull, Swine, Skirlaugh, Ellerby (1st station),
Ellerby (2nd station), Sigglesthorne, Wassand, Hornsea Bridge & Hornsea Town

Whitedale Station during the early 20th Century
Copyright photo from John Alsop collection

1891 1.2,500 OS map. Although only one siding is shown in the goods yard serving the coal drops, the yard did handle general goods including livestick.

Whitedale station looking north in 1962. The white building on the right is the goods shed.
Copyright photo from Stations UK

Whitedale goods yard in March 1978. The edge of the coal drops is seen on the left,the small brick building is the weigh office with a goods shed to its right.
hoto by Richard Walton

Whitedale Station looking south in April 1991
hoto by Mark Dyson

The stationmaster's house and booking office at Whitedale station in May 2005.
Photo by Peter Church. Reproduced from Wikipedia under creative commons licence

Whitedale station looking south in December 2008.
Photo by Mark Dyson

Whitedale coal drops in December 2008.
hoto by Mark Dyson

Whitedale station looking north in June 2010.
hoto by Norman Booth

North Eastern Railway nameboard on display in the Hornsea Folk Museum.
Photo by Simon K from his Flickr photostream




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