The 0803 Sheffield Midland to Cleethorpes which then formed the 1114 Cleethorpes to Sheffield service had a Northern Rail driver inspector on-board the trip.
|144005 at Worksop with the camera filming at the front|
He was filming a section on the Brigg Line, sadly with only passenger trains on a Saturday it would be a logistical nightmare to train all the drivers to learn part of the route so a video is an easier way.
Passenger numbers were rather good for the time of year, Brigg Station saw people come far and wide due to the Christmas Farmers Market and at Kirton In Lindsey the services saw customers using the train for the first time, probably due to the new Kirton In Lindsey travel guide as published by the Community Rail Partnership and Stagecoach Lincolnshire buses.
Sadly the station was in a mess again on Saturday, a FOI request has gone into the British Transport Police for the yearly total of crime figures for the station, evidence was present of drinking and anti social behavior, as the 1330 train was ready to depart Brigg for Cleethorpes a group of 3 youths were on the Sheffield platform, 1 was swinging from the waiting shelter whilst the other 2 were playing a game of who could spit the furthest thus striking the train.
This was reported to the British Transport Police who attended.
Customer using the station were also treated to broken glass and dumped drink cans on the Station Road footpath, this was reported to North Lincolnshire Council 2 weeks ago and was reported again on Saturday as it was still present.
The new Northern ticket machines at Worksop station are still causing issues for customers with ticket been highlighted that are not relevant to the route of travel or the day of travel, i.e peak or off peak, this seems to be an isolated issue as the ticket machines at both First Trans Pennine Cleethorpes station and Virgin Trains East Coast Retford High Level Station show the right fares for the right time and route.
A rare event of the 1203 Sheffield to Cleethorpes via Brigg service using platform 1 at Cleethorpes on Saturday, this is normally allocated for TPE services but the Brigg Line service was allocated, this meant that passengers had the luxury of the waiting shelter which sadly platform 2/3 do not have.
In the winter months the sunrises and sunsets are wonderful to see, here are a few from Saturday taken from the Brigg Line Trains.
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