The impact of the railways on the evolution of the area is the focus of a new book called The Creation of Railway Towns by local man and former Operations Manager for the railways - Malcolm Hayles.
The book describes how the railways changed Grimsby from a small settlement dependent on agriculture into a large industrial town. It also looks at how the railways made Cleethorpes into a seaside resort of excellence and how Grimsby’s success resulted in a deep-water dock being built at Immingham.
Malcolm worked on the railways from 1959, working his way up from Railway Junior to Railway Manager and eventually Operations Manager. For the past ten years, he has volunteered his time working on the photographic collection at Grimsby Central Library; sorting, categorising and coding historic photographs.
Malcolm is currently in the process of writing a follow-up book that focuses on the railways from the time of 1910 up until more recent times.
This book is about the railways of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham from 1800 to 1910. It gives detailed accounts of the harsh life of railwaymen and people living in the district and the daily accounts of the industry. I hope it can serve to be a valuable resource to people who have an interest in this period of history.Malcolm Hayles Author