Station Name: KEYINGHAM

[Source: Mark Dyson]

Date opened: 27.6.1854

On the east side of Station Road East

Company on opening: Hull and Holderness Railway
Date closed to passengers: 19.10.1964
Date closed completely: 3.5.1965
Company on closing: British Railways (Eastern Region)
Present state: The station building/stationmaster's house survives as a private residence. The platforms removed and trackbed incorporated into the garden.
County: Yorkshire
OS Grid Ref: TA249259
Date of visit: 25.5.1975, June 1991 & 14.9.2005

Notes: The station was unstaffed from 4.1.1960

The Hull and Holderness Railway was promoted by Hull merchant Anthony Bannister with the objective of linking the industrial port of Hull with the rich agricultural land of South Holderness; parts of the South Holderness area had previously been accessible via the river Humber at Hedon and Patrington Havens, but these had begun to silt up. A secondary objective was to develop a seaside resort on the coast in much the same way as the York and North Midland Railway had begun to develop Scarborough and Whitby. The coast between Tunstall and Easington was surveyed and Withernsea chosen to be the terminus of the line and hence the new resort.

Receiving Royal assent on 8.7.1853 the line was extremely easy to construct as the South Holderness area is very flat and ballast could be extracted close to the line at Kelsey Hill near Burstwick; the line opened on 30.6.1854 with a Hull terminus at Victoria Dock station. The railway was initially completely independent and operated its own rolling stock, however it was too small to survive independently and on 1.1.1860 the line was leased to the NER which then bought the line outright on 7.7.1862. Trains began running into Hull's Paragon station via the Victoria Dock branch on 1.6.1864.

The line was constructed as a single track, but was doubled in the early 20th Century. Single line sections remained between Hedon and Ryehill and Burstwick stations and further east between Ottringham and Winestead until closure. Diesel railcars were introduced on 7.1.1957 and further cost cutting in the form of Centralised Traffic Control (automated signaling and level crossings) were proposed in the early 1960's only to be overtaken by the 'Beeching Report' of 1962 which proposed closure of the line.

The Hull-Withernsea line closed to passengers on 19.10.1964 (the same day as the neighbouring Hull-Hornsea branch) with goods services lasting until 30.4.1965. Goods services to Hedon continued until 1968.

Today several sections of trackbed are in use as a footpath/cycleway with much of the formation intact. With the exception of the Withernsea terminus, all the station buildings remain, mainly in residential use.

Tickets from Michael Stewart

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 - Withernsea line click on the station name: Marfleet, Hedon Racecourse, Hedon, Ryehill & Burstwick, Ottringham, Winestead, Patrington, Hollym Gate & Withernsea

Keyingham station looking west in the early years of the 20th century.
Photo from Charles Parker collection

1910 1:2,500 OS map. Three sidings served a goods yard on the south side of the station. A further siding served a cattle dock on thje far side of the level crossing
An early 20th century view of Keyingham station looking west towards Hull.
Photo from Paul Laming collection

Keyingham signal box.
Photo from CT Goode

The main station building and station master's house c1960s.
Photo from 53A Models of Hull collection

Looking west towards the level crossing c1960s. The cattle dock, which by this time is out of use, can be seen on the far side of the crossing.
Photo from 53A Models of Hull collection

Keyingham station seen from the signal box steps looking east towards Ottringham/Withernsea in the mid 1950s. Charles lived in the station house from 1952-58, his father being Parcels Agent at Hull. He spent far too much of a misspent youth in Keyingham signal box he tells me.
Photo by Charles Parker

Looking west towards Keyikngham station c1960s. The main part of the goods yard with three sidings is seen to the left. TGhere was a further siding serving a cattle dock beyond the level crossing.
Photo from Charles Parker collection

Keyingham Station looking west in May 1975
Copyright photo from Nigel Mundy collection

Keyingham Station looking east in April 1976.
Photo by Alan Young

Keyingham Station looking east in June 1988
hoto by Mark Dyson

Keyingham Station looking in September 2005 - both platforms have been removed.
hoto by Dr. James Fox




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