Bygones: All aboard ... it's Peaks rush-hour from the past!
FOR readers whose memories of the town do not stretch back earlier than 1980, it is hard to believe that the two photographs featured in this week's Then And Now were taken from more or less the same spot, in Ludford Street, off Welholme Road on its north side, writes Dave Strickland.
We are looking north-east, and the houses in the background (Willingham Street) confirm the location.
The railway from Grimsby southwards to Louth finally closed in 1980. The track bed is now Peaks Parkway, a railway preservation group having failed to have the line preserved.
This restless and noisy thoroughfare was not only built on a former railway route, but the line was a major artery out of the town, the only one providing a direct route to London (via Boston and Peterborough).
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As the original photograph shows, it served freight as well as passenger traffic; this one is an iron ore train consisting of empty wagons being returned from the Scunthorpe steelworks to the Grantham area, where there were home-grown deposits of the mineral.
The line provided easier access than alternative routes, but such trains did have to cut through the town station and clog up Wellowgate crossing in the process. The buildings in the left background of the original photograph constitute the now-demolished gas works.