The UK’s mainline railways were at one time major port and harbour owners and in competition they promoted their facilities by way of such lavish booklets as seen here – the LNER’s 1939 booklet for the neighbouring ports of Grimsby and Immingham. Grimsby is by far the older (the town being one of the earliest in England) and the modern port was developed in the mid-Victorian period by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway who, in 1897, cecame the Great Central Railway. The GCR were ‘late’ on the railway scene and are best recalled for the construction of the ‘last’ main line into London from the north of England – and their expansionist policies included complementary harbour facilities to Grimsby, a little upstream at Immingham. The construction of Immingham from a greenfield site was a major achievement – indeed, opened in 1912 by HM George V, the sovereign chose to honour the GCR’s General Manager, Sam Fay, who had overseen the scheme by calling for a sword and knighting Sir Sam on the spot!
The content of this series of booklets is similar to the single volume ‘Ports of the LNER’ issued annually, lavishly illustrated with photos and mpas/plans – one suspects they proved very useful in following years to the German airforce following the outbreak of WW2.
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