Monday, July 24, 2017
CONNECTING BRIGG SERVICE SO POPULAR THAT TRAIN TRAVELLERS ARE SENT BY TAXI
There was an unusual happening connected with the Brigg line's Saturday-only passenger service at the weekend.
The first train of the day from Brigg station gives an opportunity to change at Barnetby to catch the connecting service to Market Rasen and Lincoln.
However, there were so many passengers aboard this single-carriage train from the Grimsby direction when it arrived at Barnetby - Market Rasen Racecourse staging a major meeting on Saturday and Lincoln having many attractions - that no space remained and waiting passengers were left standing on the platform.
The rail company duly arranged a taxi to call at Barnetby to offer a ride to those affected by the unusual circumstances.
In the so-called bad old days of British Railways during decades long gone, they used to respond to periods of heavy demand by adding another coach or two.
However, keeping spare stock in sidings 'just in case' was one of Doctor Beeching's many cost-saving targets in the 1960s.
■ Brigg Blog travelled from Brigg to Lincoln via Barnetby - and back - a few Saturdays ago, see picture above - and there were no problems getting a seat.