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New coastal railway book is the perfect Father’s Day gift

Trains to the Lincolnshire seaside: Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea has been published by the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society.

Trains to the Lincolnshire seaside: Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea has been published by the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society.

A new book focusing on the history of trains to Lincolnshire’s seaside and Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea is set to be released this month.

It was the coming of the railway that transformed this area of former Lincolnshire marshland into the bustling holiday resort of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea.

Every year thousands of passengers would arrive at their holiday destinations by train via the ‘Mablethorpe Loop’.

And now this new book, published by the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway and called: Trains to the Lincolnshire Seaside: Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea, chronicles the history of this line.

The northern half, via Louth, closed first with little fuss, but the Mablethorpe to Willoughby route survived until 1970.

Now there is little evidence to show that a railway once passed this way.

This new book tells the story of the rise and fall of the seaside line.

Sutton on Sea received an award with a first class prize in the best kept station competition, which took place in 1967 and was a regular winner of this particular competition.

Also included is a fantastic range of both colour of black and white shots, taking you on a nostalgic trip through time, showing the massive crowds that were getting the coastal trains at the time, how the tickets used to look and the train lines themselves.

There are more than 50 images to view from throughout the book.

The railway even played a key part in the re-building phase after the devastating floods that hit the coastline in 1953.

The book will be available from Ludborough station and selected local bookshops for £6.95 from June 9.

Author and local railway historian Alf Ludlam will be at Mablethorpe Library on Saturday, June 14 from 10am to 1pm to sign copies of the book.

It could make the perfect gift for your father and grandfather just in time for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 15.

Do you have any old nostalgic railway photographs of how the Mablethorpe or Sutton on Sea lines were at their peak?

Email your photographs to chloe.west@jpress.co.uk. Or you pop into our office at 44 Eastgate, Louth, where we can scan your pictures for you.

 

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