Seacroft Train Station to close down

Source: Skegness Standard 2nd December 1953

Photo: Mrs Wrate Skegness

Bad news for the Victorian train station built in circa 1873:

The name on the signal box says ‘Seacroft’ and standing on the observation platform is porter-signalman Ted Green. Soon, this tiny station is to close down and Mrs Wrate secured this photo of one of the last passenger trains to call at Seacroft.

One mile fourteen chains along the railway line out of the Skegness terminus lies the tiny passenger station of Seacroft. For almost eighty years it has stood thee; two shorter than usual platforms and limited accommodation, bleak and isolated to the cold winds blowing over from the North sea. Never has the station been a particularly bust spot, for the simple reason that there are so few houses nearby. And now comes the long-expected news that it is to be closed.
But do not pity the inhabitants of Seacroft itself, who number several hundreds. Their houses, nearly all large and luxuriously equipped, are a good distance away from the station of the name. They are better served by the Skegness station.
Think instead of such men as Ted Green and Aubrey Cram, the two porter-signalmen at Seacroft. Ted lives at the station house with his wife, while Aubrey travels out from Skegness daily.
Together they work a twin shift system – from 5.45am to 10.45pm Only five trains daily have been on the habit of stopping at Seacroft in recent years – two on the ‘up’ line (out of Skegness) and three on the ‘down’ line (into Skegness).
“Before the war they nearly all used to stop here.” Ted told us. “One was knocked off only last year.”

(The article uses the old imperial measurement ‘a chain’ which is 22 yards)

Photo below: steam train at Seacroft station near Skegness

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  1. There was a camping carriage at Seacroft station from 1935 – 1939. Some details below:

    Letter to the Stationmaster at Seacroft shown below:

    LONDON & NORTH EASTERN RAILWAY

    KING’S CROSS STATION,
    LONDON, N1

    18 JAN 1938

    Station Master, Seacroft

    Camping Coaches 1938

    Your Station has been selected as a site for a Camping Coach, and you should do all in your power to give tenants any reasonable facility, and see that they enjoy themselves. A copy of the Folder issued in connection with these coaches is enclosed, from which you will see a copy of the advice booking sent to the passenger, will also be sent to you.

    You should check the contents of the coach and point out to the tenants any discrepancies. The coach will convey chocks and a sleeper to be placed across the line to protect it, and these should be put in position on its arrival. You should warn your staff to exercise every care in moving the coach and see that it is always marshalled next to the engine of Goods Trains.

    On arrival of the Tenants, you should skew them to the coach, at the same time pointing out to the whole of the party which are the running lines, and warn them against accident. You should also tell them what time approximately the pick up train will be shunted in the Station Yard, and war them to keep away from all sidings during that time.

    The Tenants will use the station water supply and lavatories, for which tyhey will be provided with keys. Will you please let the Passenger Manager, King’s Cross, know by return what extra keys you will require. The Tenants should be shewn where the facilities may be found, and advised as to the purchase of food, and suitable walks. Will you please see before the Tenants arrive that the lavatories at your station are specially cleaned and disinfected. At certain Stations the only public water supply is from a tap in the urinal. In such cases arrange for Tenants to obtain water from thje Station House, or Company’s cottages during all reasonable hours.

    A supply o paraffin oil will be needed for the heating and lighting of the coach, and you should buy these locally and issue them to the Tenants as they require, charging them the cost price. The paraffin should be bought out of the Floating Cash Account, and the money re-paid when the Tenants pau for it. A can is provided with each coach for storing paraffin. You should arrange for your staff to keep the cooking and lighting lamps in the coach clean and filled with fuel.

    A deposit of 10/- per booking is now required from each Tenant, and this will be collected by the Passenger Manager at King’s Cross, and credit given you by Warrant. You should arrange to collect the balance of the rent, up to £3 3s 0d from the Tenants at the end of each week, and to check over and charge for any deficiencies in the equipment of the coach. The receipts will include the fixed weekly rent for the coaches, and any amounts received in deficiencies in stores, equipment, damage etc.

    All amounts received must be remitted as “Traffic Cash” and brought specially to debit under “Amounts due to other Departments and Company’s Camping Coaches”. The rents should be shew separately from the receipts for damage etc., a short description of the damage should be given.

    The outgoing Tenants should be advised of the time they should be out of the coach, which will give you time to get it cleaned by the Company’s staff before the next party takes over.

    You should report any deficiencies in the equipment of the coach to the Passenger Manager, King’s Cross Station.

    CLEAN LINEN

    You will receive on or before the preceding Friday, a hamper containing the clean linen for the use of Tenants the following week. The clean linen should be put of the beds when the coach is cleaned at the end of the week. In the even of the hamper not arriving by mid-day of the Friday, the Station Master must wire the Colchester Laundry, to that effect.

    DIRTY LINEN

    The hamper containing the dirty linen must be despatched on the Saturday, addressed to the L.N.E.R. Laundry, Colchester North Station and marked “Urgent”; the enclosed form should be filled in and sent with the dirty linen in the hamper shewing the articles in the hamper and the station to which they are to be returned.

    Your attention is especially drawn to the fact that dirty linen must be inspected before departure of the tenants. If you find that any linen in an objectionable condition rendering it unsuitable to be sent to the Laundry, a claim should be made upon the tenants for replacements in accordance with the Price List attached. The dirty articles should be retained at the station for instructions as to disposal and renewals obtained in ordinary course.

    The 10/- Holiday Season Tickets, where applicable, will be of advantage to Tenants of the Coaches. The facility should be brought to their notice on arrival.

    It is essential for the comfort of the Tenants that there should be no hitch in these arrangements and each Station Master should therefore see that these instructions are faithfully and promptly carried out.

    RAIL TRAVEL

    Occupants of camping coaches are expected to travel to the coach site by rail, In order to provide a check, particulars should be recorded currently on the attached statement of:-

    (a) Amount of rent collected.
    (b) Number of people using the coach.
    (c) Originating point
    (d) Fares charged.

    This information should be sent to the Passenger Manager, at the end of each month. Supply forms for this purpose is attached. “Nil” returns need not be sent.
    ————————————————————————————————————————–
    Booked for the 1938 season were:

    May 28 to June 11: WSJ Ward, 113 Lynn Road, Ely.
    June 11 to 18: No Booking.
    June 18 to 25: J Grayson, 103 Brynn Street, St Helens, Lancs.
    June 25 to July 2: Mrs B Wheat, 54 Broughton Avenue, Doncaster.
    July 2 to 16: Mrs EM Bentham, 79 Bondican Terrace, Blyuth, Northumberland.
    July 16 to 23: G.E Pickles, “St Annes”, Boothferry Road, Hessle.
    July 23 to 30: J.E Hawkin, 13 Wythen Lane, Kirkstall, Leeds 5.
    July 30 to August 13: E Collins, 357 Camden Street, Brookfields, Birmingham.
    Aug 13 to 20: E Blase Esq, 9 Queen Street, Marple, Cheshire.
    Aug 20 to Sept 3: G.A. Walters, Willesdene, Ickleford, Hitchin.
    Sept 3 to 10: J Marsh, 6 Norman Street, Hyde, Cheshire.
    Sept 10 to 17: W Walters Esq, 18 Essendine, Nr Stamford.

    Note: Seacroft was an isolated location at least half a mile from the Skegness to Boston road. The beach (and Seacroft itself) could be reached by road from the station to the Croft Grange Farm, and thence a footpath alongside fields. The nearest shops and amenities would have been in Skegness itself which could be reached by train or (from the main road) Lincolnshire Road Car bus.

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