Grimsby Pier railway station

Grimsby Pier railway station was sited on the north Royal Dock pier in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, England, between the Tidal Basin arm and the Accumulator Tower.

Grimsby Pier
General information
LocationGrimsby, Lincolnshire
Coordinates53°34′59″N 0°04′17″W / 53.583121°N 0.071489°W / 53.583121; -0.071489
Grid referenceTA277114
Other information
Original companyGreat Grimsby and Sheffield Junction Railway
Pre-groupingManchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway
Key dates
1 August 1853[1]Opened
1939[2]Closed Completely
Railways around Grimsby Docks railway station in 1914

The station opened in 1853, but sources differ on when it closed. Dow is insistent that it closed in the 1870s and was converted into an Emigrants' Home,[2] Butt supports this with a date of 1879[3] and Anderson gives 1880.[4] Croughton claims it closed at the outbreak of the First World War,[5] whilst a reply to an enquiry to The Railway Magazine implied the station closed at the outbreak of The Second World War.[6] OS Maps corroborate the first three.

Boat trains undoubtedly continued to run to the quayside at Grimsby[7][8] up to 1939, but a station, as such, at the pier was not needed. Passengers were assisted off trains and escorted direct to adjacent ships and vice versa, much as at Immingham Eastern Jetty.

As the conversion of the station to an Emigrants' Home suggests, the erstwhile Pier Station was used as transit accommodation for people making their way to the New World, typically arriving from Europe by ship then travelling via the GCR to Liverpool for final embarkation.[9]

The station was accessed via a spur from Grimsby Docks station.

The substantial building survived until at least 1960[10] but by 2015 no trace remained.



The station was used by Great Central Railway emigrant trains to Liverpool and boat trains across the North Sea, principally to Hamburg.[6]

Preceding station   Disused railways   Following station
Grimsby Pyewipe Road   MSLR   Terminus
Grimsby Docks   MSLR   Terminus


  1. ^ Dow 1985, p. 153.
  2. ^ a b Dow 1962, p. 148.
  3. ^ Butt 1995, p. 110.
  4. ^ Anderson 1992, p. 75.
  5. ^ Croughton, Kidner & Young 1982, p. 82.
  6. ^ a b Cooke 1968, p. 314.
  7. ^ Dow 1965, p. 244.
  8. ^ Man 2016, pp. 19–21.
  9. ^ King & Hewins 1989, p. 19.
  10. ^ King 2019, p. 60.


  • Anderson, Paul (1992). Railway of Lincolnshire. Oldham: Irwell Press. ISBN 978-1-871608-30-4.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
  • Cooke, B.W.C., ed. (May 1968). "Railway steamers from Grimsby". The Railway Magazine. Vol. 114, no. 805. London: IPC Transport Press Ltd. ISSN 0033-8923.
  • Croughton, Godfrey; Kidner, R. W.; Young, Alan (1982). Private and Untimetabled Railway Stations, Halts and Stopping Places. The Oakwood Press. ISBN 978-0-85361-281-0. OCLC 10507501.
  • Dow, George (1985) [1959]. Great Central, Volume One: The Progenitors, 1813-1863. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-1468-8. OCLC 60021205.
  • Dow, George (1962). Great Central, Volume Two Dominion of Watkin 1864-1899. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-1469-5. OCLC 655324061.
  • Dow, George (1965). Great Central, Volume Three: Fay Sets the Pace, 1900–1922. Shepperton: Ian Allan. ISBN 978-0-7110-0263-0. OCLC 500447049.
  • King, Paul K (2019). The Railways of North-east Lincolnshire Part 2 Stations. Grimsby: Pyewipe Publications. ISBN 978-1-9164603-1-7.
  • King, Paul K.; Hewins, Dave R. (1989). Scenes from the Past: 5 The Railways around Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Immingham and North-east Lincolnshire. Stockport: Foxline Publishing. ISBN 978-1-870119-04-7.
  • Man, Captain J. (March 2016) [1927]. Gellatly, Bob (ed.). "The Grimsby Continental Service and Its History". Forward. 187. Sheffield: Great Central Railway Society. ISSN 0141-4488.