Greate Coates station has now been fitted with Harrington Humps. This has greatly improved access to the trains for the disabled, wheelchair users and pushchairs.
A Harrington Hump is a raised section of platform, usually around 12metres in overall length, that permits easier access to train carriages. While beneficial to all passengers, this is of particular assistance to the disabled. It is also a very cost effective way of improving station facilities without great expense, or the need to close stations while the work is in progress. The humps are made of GRP & recycled tyres, they include all necessary makings for the partly sighted & handrails.
One of the most influential inventors of the Eighteenth Century was honoured on Saturday 26th April when Northern Rail unveiled its John Harrison train. Harrison was raised in Barrow upon Humber and found fame when he invented the marine chronometer - saving countless lives at sea due to its ability to find longitude and therefore locate ships.
The event, organised in conjunction with the BCCRP took place at Barton on Humber station and saw Northern’s Head of operations - Chris Jackson and Cllr Peter Clark - Mayor of North Lincolnshire unveil the train’s nameplate and give speeches to pay tribute to the inventor.
The train itself is a 153 Northern Rail unit (153316) and will travel the network, primarily around East and South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
Chris Jackson commented “We name our trains after great Northerners and John Harrison certainly fits the bill. His work has left a legacy across the world and we are delighted to be able to honout him in this way.”
Peter Clark commented “I am thrilled that the name, John (Longitude) Harrison has been chosen to coincide with the 300 year anniversary of the longitude act which John Harrison is famous for. The day will be celebrated locally in Barrow on Humber and elsewhere across the world.”
“I live in Barrow on Humber where John Harrison also once lived. I hope that the train will promote and publicise who John Harrison was, his legacy and create a huge tourist attraction for North Lincolnshire.”
Mike Gathercole from the BCCRP commented “ Our partnership strives to encourage passenger numbers on the Humberlinc line and the addition of this John Harrison train to Northern Rail’s fleet will no doubt help us to do this. We would like to thank all those involved who have made it possible.”
‘Community Rail in the City’ Event
On Wednesday 20th Community Rail Partnerships (CRPs) from across the network once again descended on the great cities of England to take part in the now annual ‘Community Rail in The City’ event. Co-ordinated by The Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP), these multiple events are staged at a number of mainline stations and are designed to raise awareness of the great work going on within Community Rail and to promote usage of local and rural lines.
Brian Barnsley, Operations Manager with ACoRP said “This year is record-breaking, with CRPs having a presence at more London stations than ever, including Blackfriars, Waterloo, Paddington, Kings Cross and Liverpool Street”. He added “Everybody has great fun doing the event and this year will be no exception, with Ross Poldark taking time off scything to greet passengers at Paddington station and London Kings Cross having a Magna Carta Knight to keep the peace!”
All of this is only possible thanks to the generosity of Network Rail, who gift spaces to ACoRP at most of the stations, with the exception of Blackfriars which is gifted by train operator GTR.
Some of the BCCRP volunteers went to London Kings Cross station where they had a stand to promote this line. They are pictured below.
The winter timetable for this line :
(11 Dec 2016 - 20 May 2017)
is available to download here
Arriva Rail North Ltd began operating the new Northern franchise on 1st April 2016.
Download the document below to see what they are planning to do over the next few years.
Department for Transport : Rail tourism winners announced
Details of a large award for Community Rail Humber which will directly benefit the YCCRP.
Photo Competition Results Announced
Community Rail Humber Ltd, in partnership with the Barton Cleethorpes Community Rail Partnership and the Yorkshire Coast Community Rail Partnership, is pleased to announce that David Enefer is the winner of our Photographic competition. The judges chose his entry out of numerous received from members of the public living across the Humber region.
John is a keen amateur photographer and took the photograph of Ross Castle, Cleethorpes, a Victorian folly built by the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway in 1863. The winning picture was taken in the early evening of 1st November 2015 and is bathed in purple light to help raise awareness of Pancreatic Cancer.
Community Rail Officer Gill Simpson said: `We also want to congratulate Ron Sparks and Gina Simpson whose entries came second and third respectively and all of the people who entered; we received many outstanding entries. Our only regret is that there can only be one winner.
The first photo shows David receiving his prize from Cliff Mayall, station manager for Northern and the second one is David’s winning photo of Ross castle.
On Saturday 29th October we held a Halloween Spooktacular on board the 15:50 Barton to Cleethorpes train. A fancy dress competition was held and was judged on arrival at Cleethorpes station. Thanks to all who helped and supported this.
On Saturday 10th December we ran our Santa special train. Santa was on the 9:50 from Barton and the 10:55 from Cleethorpes giving out freebies to all the children whilst his helpers gave out mince pies to the adults. The train was full by the time we reached Grimsby. Lots of families on board, some using the line for the first time and all of them really enjoyed themselves.
This year Northern kindly put a two car train on for our Santa special and at times both carriages were almost full. There were lots of families with excited children who had come to see Santa and all were given a free gift and had chance for a chat and a photo with Santa. Seasonal refreshments were served to all the adults on board too.
Thanks to all the volunteers and to Northern and also a special thank you to the staff at the White Swan in Barton for their kind hospitality and help.