Scenario Creation BB5

A few aids to creating more accurate scenarios

Engine sheds, and a selection (not exhaustive) list of some of the engines that were shedded there at one time or another:

Immingham 40B

B1: 61079, 61142, 61190, 61248 Geoffrey Gibbs, 61379 Mayflower, 61390, 61406, 61408

K2: 61720, 61727, 61739

K3: 61800, 61891, 61956

D11: 62600 Butler Henderson, 62662 Prince of Wales, 62666 Zeebrugge, 62667 Somme

04: 63607, 63616, 63657, 63698

WD 2-8-0: 90003, 90383, 90583, 90674

9F: 92039, 92193, 92195

Britannias: 70013 Oliver Cromwell, 70035 Rudyard Kipling


Frodingham 36C

04: 63572, 63696, 63788, 63807, 63906

J11: 64308, 64319, 64351, 64429

J50: 68963, 68977

WD 2-8-0: 90013, 90111, 90598, 92034


Louth 40C

C12: 67352, 67384, 67379


The Grimsby Town Pilot

A5 69829


Typical traffic

Passenger traffic

Stopping locals
Cleethorpes to New Holland and Barton,
Cleethorpes to Barnetby and then on to Market Rasen, Gainsborough or Scunthorpe (and beyond)
Cleethorpes, or Grimsby Town to Louth
Louth to Bardney and Mablethorpe
Scunthorpe to Whitton.
New Holland to Immingham Dock

In the summer, there were many, many excursions from Yorkshire and the Midlands to Cleethorpes (hence the large numbers of carriage sidings near Cleethorpes). 

At the time the route is depicted, two long trains to London, and return left Cleethorpes each weekday.  Because of the layout, the trains had to change direction at Grimsby Town to head down the East Lincolnshire line.  In the 1950s these would be typically headed by Immingham B1s.  As Britannia Class locos were displaced from main lines, they replaced the B1s.
From 1970 onwards, London trains left Cleethorpes and travelled to the capital via the Market Rasen line.

Goods traffic - Immingham Dock was built by the GCR in 1912 with the export of coal from Yorkshire and the East Midlands in mind.  Since the 1980s, this trade has reversed and Immingham is now a major importer of coal.  There were also large facilities for wood (especially pit props carried in open wagons, leaning at an angle from the vertical, wool, cereals, and general cargo.  Oil has become a major cargo from Immingham, as has iron ore for Scunthorpe Steelworks.  Cruise ships used Immingham's Eastern Jetty from 1912 to the 1930s, and ferries used the docks during the 1960s.

Grimsby was the world's largest fishing port until the 1970s, so frequent, and long trains of fish vans were assembled in the New Clee sidings - explaining the huge number of sidings there.  These were hauled by fast locos, and travelled to London, the Midlands, and many other places .... and the same trains would return with the empty stock.  An unusual feature was that local passenger trains would also have one, two or three fish vans attached.  This practice continued into the age of DMUs, so it would be accurate to portray some DMUs towing one or two fish vans behind!

At the far side of New Clee sidings are the tracks and storage sidings for coal to re-fuel the trawlers from three giant coal hoists.

Grimsby also imported wood and general cargoes.  Much of the wood would be transported towards the Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire coalfields as pit props.

Scunthorpe's contribution to the goods scene was for the iron and steel industry - iron ore (local and imported via Immingham), limestone (from Melton Ross limeworks between Barnetby and Brocklesby) and coal (from the Doncaster and Immingham directions).  Steel products were also distributed via rail.

There was a healthy livestock trade, agricultural produce (especially sugar beet to Brigg and Bardney Sugar Factories from late autumn to early spring), malt from maltkilns at Grimsby, Barnetby and Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough and Louth, and general goods.

Banking engines.  Banking engines were required for heavy goods trains on the 1:92 incline from the Trent to Frodingham Station, and the 1:100 incline from the Ancholme valley, to Scunthorpe steelworks via Appleby.

Although the brickworks, especially the many along the south bank of the Humber, produced 90% of all the pantiles manufactured in the UK, as well as millions of bricks, these did NOT produce much railway traffic!  Generally speaking, the brickworks sent their products via river craft.


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