Utterby Halt railway station

Utterby Halt

Station site in 2007.

Location

Place
Utterby

Area
East Lindsey

Operations

Original company
Great Northern Railway

Post-grouping
London and North Eastern Railway
Eastern Region of British Railways

Platforms
2

History

11 December 1905
Opened

11 September 1961
Closed

December 1980
Closure of line

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Utterby Halt was a railway halt on the East Lincolnshire Railway[1] which served the village of Utterby in Lincolnshire between 1905 and 1961. The station, which opened as part of a new motor train service between Grimsby and Louth, is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a ganger killed on the level crossing in 1953. The line through Utterby remained open for freight until December 1980.

Contents

1 History
2 Present day
3 Future
4 References
5 Sources
6 Further reading
7 External links

History[edit]
The station was opened on 11 December 1905[2] to coincide with the introduction of a motor train service by the Great Northern Railway.[3] It consisted of two low parallel halt platforms to the south of the level crossing over Pear Tree Lane; lamps were provided on both platforms, but only the down platform had a waiting shelter for passengers: a small wooden hut equipped with a heating stove.[4][5] A crossing keeper’s cottage lay to the north of the crossing on the down side[6] which was of standard East Lincolnshire Railway design similar to that seen at Fotherby Halt, Grainsby Halt, Holton Village Halt and Weelsby Road Halt, all of which pre-dated the opening of the respective halts.[7] Passenger services called at the station upon request only.[8] The station closed on 11 September 1961,[9] the same day as Fotherby Halt to the south which had also opened on the same day as part of the rail motor service.[10]
The station is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of John Edward Lancaster, a length ganger, who was hit on the level crossing in dense fog by a Grimsby-Louth freight working in January 1953.[11][12]

Preceding station
  Heritage railways
Following station

Ludborough
 
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
(Future Extension)
 
Fotherby Halt

Historical railways

Ludborough
Line and station open
 
Great Northern Railway
East Lincolnshire Line
 
Fotherby Halt
Line and station closed

Present day[edit]
The halt was demolished by Britis
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