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Written by Robert Clarke - 08 Aug 2006
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Location notes
Located at the end of the 'Poacher Line', the nickname given to the Grantham - Skegness branch. Skegness is a major holiday resort, though sadly, the station is currently a bit of a dereliction. Skegness is where Billy Butlin opened his first holiday camp, in 1936. The camp, still in existence, is somewhat remodelled from years gone by.
2006 marked both the 70th anniversary of the opening of the first Butlins holiday camp, and the 125th anniversary of Skegness pier.
For a history of all the Butlins camps, including the two converted into Haven camps, at Ayr and Pwlhelli, and the ones that were closed over the years, visit Butlins Memories and for more information on Skegness pier (one of only 50 remaining in the UK), visit the Skegness Pier website.
Railway type and traffic
All train services are provided by central Trains, and will usually be a class 156, 158, or 170. On summer Saturdays, units work in multiple, and it is not uncommon to see two single car 153s sandwiching a 156 or 158. No loco hauled trains run, due to a Network Rail ban on loco hauled workings (2005) and, consequently, there is no freight either.
Environment
Although Skegness is a holiday resort, it is advisable to always keep your wits about you. The station itself is staffed for all trains, but there is no CCTV. The town itself is fairly safe.
Road directions
Skegness is well signposted, but from the north, follow the road for Boston until you see signs for Skegness. Once in Skegness, the station is well signposted, as it is right on the edge of the town centre.

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Skegness Station map co-ordinates
Parking
There is no car park at the station. You can park in Tesco or Morrisons, which are nearby, but for 2 hours only. Other car parking, chargeable, but with longer periods, are available at the promenade, but you are looking at a 10 minute walk from these car parks.
Public transport
Central Trains provide a regular train service from Nottingham, with some services from Grantham. Timetables are available from the Central Trains website.
Bus services are provided by Stagecoach in Lincolnshire, though at the time of writing, not all buses had been repainted into Stagecoach corporate colours. In addition, the new Stagecoach Lincolnshire website is not yet live, so visit the Roadcar, or the Stagecoach bus websites.

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Amenities
Skegness is a holiday resort, and has a large selection of amenities. Most are within 10 minutes walk of the station, including the pleasure beach and the pier!
Accommodation
Skegness is a holiday resort. If you do intend to stay here, try and book in advance. One website to visit is Butlins. Also the Skegness tourism website.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
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Skegness Station

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Skegness Station general view map
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Photographic notes
Skegness has ticket gates, so you will only be able to take pictures from the concourse. The track ahead is straight for a good few miles, and so you will see the headlights of a train a long way away. In addition, due to there still being semaphore signalling, an alarm bell will ring in the station a few minutes before a train comes into sight, as a get ready signal for staff.
If, like me, you are also a bus enthusiast, you can also pop into the bus station, which is next to the rail station. Stagecoach vehicles sue the site, and examples include Volvo B7TL and Dennis Trident low floor double deckers, MCW Metrobuses, Volvo B7rle single deckers, and Dennis Dart SLFs.
One last thing, there is a statue of the 'Jolly Fisherman' with his suitcase! Get a photo of him, and look carefully at his feet. There is a fish there!
Links to photographs at this location

Diesel Variety at Skegness - Part One : 03 - 37
Diesel Variety at Skegness - Part Two: 40 - 66
Diesel Variety at Skegnes: DMUs


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 1 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 2 - Looking south west


Fig 3 - Looking north east


Fig 3 - Looking north east

Taken from a nearby pedestrian level crossing, and showing the station.

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