New Holland BB5

Ulceby to New Holland and Barton

Getting to Hull via Lincolnshire was a principle aim of several of the railway companies, and through tickets were issued that included both the train journey, and the ferry crossing.  Tens of thousands of workers used the ferries daily at their height.  There were plans in the offing for tunnels or bridges for trains to cross the Humber, but in the event, they all came to nothing.  (The Humber Bridge built in the 1970s is for road traffic only).

There was also a dock at New Holland with extensive sidings, though many of the riverside industries used water-borne transport rather than rail.  On the Barton Branch you'll pass one brickworks after another - but virtually none was served by railway - they normally had jetties out into the river.  These produced bricks, but also 90% of the country's pantiles!

The last three steam ferries used on the Hull-New Holland route were the Lincoln Castle, the Wingfield Castle and the Tattershall Castle.  Lincoln Castle was controversially broken up a few years ago, but Tattershall Castle has become a restaurant and bar on the Thames in London, and Wingfield Castle is now back in Hartlepool where she was built, and is part of the “Historic Ships” group.

Captain Bazza”s “Ryde” is a good match for the ferries.  One should be tied up to the right-hand side of the “T” shape of New Holland Pier, with another on the left side where the “spare” of the three would be tied up.  The 3rd was of course on the opposite side of the river.

“Farringdon” a diesel electric ferry provided part of the service running up to the opening of the Humber Bridge which saw the demise of the ferries.  A small “halt” station now exists for trains between Barton and Cleethorpes, on the south side of what was the New Holland triangle.

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