Lincolnshire Railway Exhibition 2015
October 2015 was 45 years since the East
Lincolnshire Railway and most of its branches closed. To commemorate
this event the Alford Manor House Museum
staged a superb exhibition of some of the surviving railwayana from the
line. During 12 days some 2,000 people attended including BBC Radio
broadcast all morning from the Museum. The range of exhibits was
truly staggering and was assembled by collector Mike Fowler using some
of his collection
and items loaned by other Lincolnshire collectors . There were also some
loans from the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. The public searched their
lofts and sheds
and brought items along covering a wide range of different railway
artefacts. During the 12 days guided tours were given and an illustrated
At present, Mike and the team
are planning the 2020 exhibition, see poster below, to commemorate 50
years since the lines closed. Having made more contacts
this will be on an even grander scale and the venue is confirmed as The
Visitor`s Centre at Bateman`s Brewery in Wainfleet, which is very
handily placed for rail travel!
It will run during August and September and close Sunday October
All photographs © Mike Fowler
Left - BR withdrawal of services on the East Lincolnshire Railway
Right - Enamel signs.
Station totems and cast nameplates.
Only Skegness retained its rail link after 1970.
A fine collection of oil handlamps on top shelf, with signal lamps on
More cast & enamel signs, with a signalbox block instrument and
Railway travel posters with signalbox name boards on floor.
Top - a train finger post - possibly from Louth?
Burgh - le Marsh was always a well kept station!
Louth South signalbox sign.
A warning to passengers to use the footbridge sign.
Oil hand lamps.
Single line tokens for sections of the Mablethorpe loop.
Cast door signs.