Brigg railway line supporter and campaigner, Paul Johnson, has kindly supplied passenger use numbers for our station on Saturday, July 29:
0926 train into Brigg: 11 passengers got on (see picture above), 6 got off, including a family of 3 on a single ticket from Gainsborough Central to Brigg.
1147: 2 on 4 off
1330: 4 on 0 off
1553: 1 on 10 off.
■ No data is available for the 1730 and 1908 trains.
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, many families from Brigg would arrive at the town's station early on Saturday mornings in July and August to board a train for Cleethorpes to enjoy the sea, sand and amusements.
This is still happening today but on a much smaller scale as passenger trains only run on Saturdays and not seven days a week as they did until the early 1990s.
Other passengers from Brigg currently use the Saturday service to get to Barnetby where they can change trains for other destinations.
However, this is not without problems.
We have already revealed how on Saturday, July 22 the Brigg connecting train to Lincoln was full by the time it reached Barnetby, resulting in the train company having to offer a taxi ride to those left stranded on the village station.
On July 29, people who travelled from Brigg were able to get on the Lincoln- bound train at Barnetby but had to stand all the way to the county capital, as all seats were taken.
Further folk got on at Market Rasen and also had to stand in the gangway.
So why does East Midlands Trains keep sending a single-car unit on this popular mid-morning service to Lincoln via Barnetby, instead of a two-carriage unit?
They offer an attractive fare on Saturdays - Brigg to Lincoln and back for just a tenner, which is a bargain buy.
So you can't really grumble about a bit of standing about.
But perhaps rail bosses will consider putting two-car units on all trains during the warmer months of the year when there's peak demand for seats.
We can but ask.
■ The mid-afternoon train back to Barnetby from Lincoln last Saturday had two carriages.
|Cleethorpes railway station on a hot August day with the seafront just a few yards away to the right. This has long been a popular venue for people from Brigg to enjoy a day of fun in the sun.|