Trip freight workings in Immingham/Grimsby area

27th March 1984

Photos and text by John Nicholson

 A trip  freight en route from the east side of Immingham  Dock (Probably the Norsk Hydro Fertilizer factory) to Reception Sidings.
 (It would continue onto or across Humber Road bridge to Humber Road Junction, then propel into the yard).  The loco is 08 388.
The signalbox you can
 see is (Immingham) Reception Sidings  (In fact the name Immingham did not / does not actually feature in the 'box name, I believe).

The  train is on the westbound line of the double track route from Immingham East Junction (That 'box did have Immingham in its name!)
 though at one time there was a 'box in between called Empty Sidings (No Immingham!).

The signal you can see on the taller post for eastbound movements still exists and so far as I can determine is the only semaphore left at Immingham,and the fact that it is a semaphore
does surprise me because it is in effect the section signal leading out of the area of control of Reception Sidings into the area controlled by York ROC

This is of Killingholme Signalbox.  It had been long closed by the time I photographed it; indeed I wonder just how long it was operational for and why it was even built. 
If I recall correctly, it was on the south side of the line at or just beyond to  the west of Killingholme station level crossing (Or Regent Oil Company's Level  crossing as it is
 recorded in Network Rail's route plans).  This 'box would control access to the station goods yard behind it from this view and into the Regent Oil Co oil depot which is
still there to the east of the crossing and north of the railway.  There was never a passing loop here. 

A Grimsby area trip freight - 27th March 1984 - Photos and text by John Nicholson

08 537 approaching Deansgate Bridge, Grimsby, with a Grimsby West Marsh Yard to East Marsh trip freight.

Shunting at Holles Street.  New Bridge Siding signalbox has long gone and the remaining yard on the east side of the railway is accessed from Pasture Street.

 The loco and wagons are on the long siding leading into the coal concentration depot.  the track alongside is the Down Main from Cleethorpes, then to Up Main to Cleethorpes
 then two parallel sidings which may by this time simply have made up an arrival and run round facility for the daily trip freight. The train would have been routed through
 Grimsby Town platform 1 then onto the "Up Goods independent" at Garden Street. This led over Pasture Street LC immediately after  which were connections to the
main line and to Holles Street. The loco  would run round the train, then shunt across to Holles Street.

 Note also the "Bird's Eye" container on the ground.  By this time, such traffic had long gone and it was one of the very few survivors, in use as a store.

 The two hopper wagons are being propelled to  the concentration depot.  The 16t wagons will be emptied  by the coal merchant shovelling the coal out into sacks;
the hoppers will be emptied by opening up the drop doors under the wagons to deposit the loads onto  the  conveyor system to be placed on stacks or directly into delivery lorries.

The propelling move is a bit closer to the "Long bridge" from which the photographs were taken.

The loco is shunting inside the concentration depot.  On the right hand most side siding is / was a bogie  flat wagon which I remember was dumped there for ages.
This area was, of course, the site of Grimsby Loco.  Indeed even at this stage it still was a "Loco" in that one of the  buildings to be seen to the right of the left hand

coal heap was the Grimsby Driver base - drivers were not based at Cleethorpes until the run up to privatisation, though passenger  guards always had been. 

The structure just to the right of the dock offices is the flue from the Fowler & Holden Foundry.  The company still  operates from there I believe, but in earlier times
 - back in  the '50s - this place was the works of Wagon Repairs Ltd where many coal wagon bodies were repaired.