Explore the history of Immingham
Throughout its hundred year history, railways have played an important part in the development of the port of Immingham. It was built by the Great Central Railway, at a cost of £2,599,000; their second biggest investment after the construction of the extension line from Sheffield to London in 1899.
Railways were used in the construction of the docks, but new lines were also needed to serve the port. The first was the Grimsby & District Light Railway opened in 1906, which was a freight line connecting Immingham and Grimsby. It was followed by The Grimsby and Immingham Electric Railway for passengers in 1912.
Immingham’s most important link was The Humber Commercial Railway, opened in 1912, which connected it with the rest of the Great Central Railway system. This line leaves the Grimsby to New Holland line at Ulceby and runs for three and a half miles before reaching Immingham.
The final piece in the jigsaw was the Barton & Immingham Light Railway, which ran from Immingham to Goxhill via Killingholme and was opened in two stages between December 1910 and May 1911. In addition, 170 miles of new sidings were built at the port to handle all the new traffic it generated, particularly coal exports, with a capacity of 17,000 wagons.
Today Immingham is one of the busiest rail freight centres in the country with over 70 freight trains leaving every day carrying imported coal, iron ore, oil and many other products. This is likely to continue well into the future.