Station Name: WILMINGTON

 

[Source: Mark Dyson]


Date opened: 9.6.1912
Location: Foster Street
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: The ground level booking office is in use as a café, the entrance to the subway is visible through the gates at the side .The embankment has been partially removed and landscaped and is occupied by commercial premises
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: TA102305
Date of visit: 15.5.2005

Notes: Opened in 1912 to replace the Hull and Hornsea's original Wilmington Station (opened 28.3.1864) to the east of Stoneferry Road, Wilmington had a wooden island platform and waiting shelter accessed via a subway from the booking office on Foster Street.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE VICTORIA DOCK BRANCH
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

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

 


Wilmington Station in the early 1960's
Photo received from Nicholas Cox





The booking office on Foster Street - now in use as a cafe
P
hoto by Mark Dyson

Track level showing the subway parapet on the right
P
hoto by Mark Dyson

Click on thumbnail to enlarge


 

 

 

[Source: Mark Dyson]


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