In the October of 1862 Joseph Armytage Wade turned “the first sod” of earth to ceremonially start the construction of the Hull to Hornsea Railway. Having turned the first clump of earth Mr. Wade placed it into this fascinating wheelbarrow, shaped like a rhino; a heraldic device used by the Wade family. Mr. Wade was then given the spade and the wheelbarrow as souvenirs of the big day. What a brilliant object!
The last passenger service ran on the Hull to Hornsea line on the 19th October 1964, with the last goods train following on the 3rd May 1965.