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Barnetby railway station

Pedestrian bridge over platforms
Place Barnetby-le-Wold
Local authority North Lincolnshire
Grid reference
Station code BTB
Managed by First TransPennine Express
Number of platforms 4
DfT category F1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05 47,280
2005/06 50,714
2006/07 59,498
2007/08 57,957
2008/09 66,844
2009/10 54,190
2010/11 61,526
2011/12 68,636
- Interchange 3,100
2012/13 64,904
- Interchange 3,273
2013/14 61,437
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barnetby from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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View in 1961 towards Lincoln/Retford/Doncaster
View in 1962 towards Immingham and Grimsby

Barnetby railway station serves the village of Barnetby-le-Wold in North Lincolnshire, England. The station area still (2013) uses semaphore signals. It is operated by First TransPennine Express, with East Midlands Trains and Northern Rail also serving the station.

Barnetby railway station is unstaffed, and is popular with railway enthusiasts for the freight which passes through.


  • History 1
  • Services 2
  • Gallery 3
  • External links 4


The railway first came to Barnetby in 1848 when the Great Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway was constructed. This line ran from Sheffield, through Retford, Torksey, Lincoln and Market Rasen before reaching Barnetby – then on to Grimsby. A year later, and the section of route between Gainsborough and Barnetby was opened, thus establishing the villages future as a railway centre. The most important connection – and still is to this day, was the building of the Trent, Ancholme and Grimsby in 1866 – through the steel town of Scunthorpe. Over the following years, these railways – and several others became part of the Great Central Railway.

The Great Central Railway recognised the importance of the Humber ports. As well as developing Grimsby, the company invested heavily in Immingham Docks. Immingham was unique among the Humber ports in that a deep water channel made easy access for ships at all states of the tide. This suited the Great Central Railway as one of its chief forms of traffic was coal from the South Yorkshire and East Midlands coal-fields.

With the increased traffic through Barnetby, the track infrastructure needed more investment. At the time, Barnetby had a fairly simple layout based on a standard double track. It even had a level crossing near to where the Kings Road bridge is today. To make passage easier, the Great Central Railway invested in the quadrupling of the track between Wrawby Junction and Brocklesby Junction – together with much improved signalling. The level crossing was removed and the Kings Road underbridge was built. To handle the traffic, new signal boxes were built at Wrawby Junction, Barnetby West, Barnetby East, Melton Ross and Brocklesby Junction.

In 1923, the Great Central Railway became part of the London & North Eastern Railway, then in 1948 as part of British Railways. In later years the infrastructure became part of Railtrack – and ultimately Network Rail.

Whilst most railway freight traffic passes through the village, in years past the village generated a small amount of its own business. The nearby malt kiln was opened in 1875, and the village cattle market used rail transport. Sadly, the cattle market is long gone and the malt kiln is crumbling away.

A serious accident occurred near the station in 1983, when one passenger died after a freight and passenger train collided.


The station receives weekday calls from TransPennine Express services between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport via Sheffield every hour in each direction, along with East Midlands Trains services from Grimsby to Lincoln and Newark (roughly every two hours). Northern services to Sheffield via Brigg and Retford only operate on Saturdays (three trains each way).

Sundays see hourly trains to Cleethorpes & Manchester (two-hourly in the morning) and a limited service to Lincoln during the summer months only.


External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Train times and station information for Barnetby railway station from National Rail
Preceding station   National Rail National Rail   Following station
East Midlands Trains
Saturdays Only
Northern Rail
First TransPennine Express
Historical railways
Line open, station closed
Great Central Railway Terminus
Terminus Great Central Railway
Market Rasen Branch
Line open, station closed
Line and station open
Great Central Railway
Line open, station closed
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