Barnetby-Grimsby BB5

Barnetby to Grimsby Town

Leaving Barnetby, we pass Melton Ross Lime Workings with their appropriate sidings, and then continue on the four-track section as far as Brocklesby.  Brocklesby Station was built in a suitable style for Lord Yarborough's Brocklesby Estate, and at one end of a triangle at each point of which was a station.  We now take the right hand route as a passenger train would, whilst goods relief lines pass to the left to Ulceby and Immingham Docks, and behind the station for the Grimsby route.  As we come to the eastward point of the triangle, the two lines to and from New Holland come in on our left and run parallel for some distance before forming a "YY" junction with ours .... explaining the reason for the 20 mph speed limit through the staggered platforms of Habrough Station.  The YY junction has now been re-laid to form a conventional junction.

After Habrough we come to Roxton Siding, originally called Immingham Siding, and cross Little London level crossing.  This was the site of the areas very first automatic lifting barrier crossing, installed after a fatal accident here in 1958, but in the model, I have retained the traditional gates.

Stallingborough follows - reputedly the longest single station name on the Eastern Region - and then Healing and Great Coates, where the biscuit factory dominates the view as we leave.  The West Marsh Sidings are off to the right - apparently called the "Congo" by locals - an extensive sidings in their own right, but also leading to Grimsby docks, Brickpit Sidings, and various timber yards.  A stub siding off to the left is a remnant of the Great Coates Branch, and before finally entering Grimsby Town Station we pass the siding where locos awaited their turn to back on to trains in that station.

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