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Loftus Station – World War I Volunteers

Help needed! The Archive has been sent this image, purchased via ‘ebay’ as an unknown station. However eagle-eyed Andy Barwick realised it was Loftus station, with Yorkshire Regiment Volunteers (later the Green Howards) awaiting a train; but the date is unknown. It is believed that the two station porters are visible (one at each end) and possibly the station ‘lad’ cross-legged in the front. The Stationmaster (at rear close to the station lamp – with a moustache!), as well as members of the general public. Andy can assist with possible names of the Stationmasters for up to July 1914 as J. W. Nunn and from July 1914 W. H. Charlton, if anybody recognises either soldiers or railway staff. Can anybody assist with names and a possible date? Ray Brown suggests: “Robert Henry Walker (my maternal grandfather) is possibly on the back row far right next to the station porter?”

Image and information to date courtesy of Andy Barwick, many thanks to Bill Danby for a refreshed image and update information. Also to Ray Brown for a suggested name.

Saltburn Railway Station

A Thirkell’s (of Saltburn) postcard view of the Station, obviously at least one of the railway staff knew of the event; the Stationmaster is standing on what is today the road! Traffic must have been very light; the date of this photograph is believed to be post 1899.

Image courtesy of Julie Tyrka, thanks to Tony Lynn for the update

Saltburn Railway Station 1869

Known to date from 1869 (a newspaper clipping located behind this photograph was dated 20th November 1869), this view of the portico of the station appears to show Alpha Place on the extreme left. The photographer is unknown, but could it have been a local ‘snapper’?

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Cleveland Explorer 125 Special – 1990

Crossing the A174 at Carlin How bridge is the Cleveland Explorer 125 Special; run by Hertfordshire Rail Tours on the 20th October 1990. The Power cars were  43198+43054; the train ran from London St Pancras and included a trip to Boulby Potash.

Image and information courtesy of Mark Thompson.

Kettleness Tunnel

This view of the Kettleness tunnel shows the eastern end of the first of two tunnels close to Kettleness. The second tunnel cuts through a section of the cliff face further towards Sandsend. Taken in the 1960s with the tracks long gone, the area still attracts rail enthusiasts to view the old route and those keen to explore the old tunnels.

Image courtesy of Robert Goundry.

Sandsend Tunnel

Sandsend tunnel minus railway tracks, this view dating from the 1960s is today remarkably unchanged. All the tunnels on this section of the line closed pre-Dr Beeching in the late 1950s are today ‘bricked up’ to prevent access. They do give an idea of the difficulties the Victorian builders had in developing the line as it hugged the coast from Whitby to Saltburn. This image and those following are part of a series of views taken by Robert Goundry in the early and late 1960s.

Image courtesy of Robert Goundry, thanks to Ronnie Bailey for highlighting our slip-up.

63431 at Boosbeck

Locomotive 63431 also visited Boosbeck, possibly before or after crossing the Slapewath viaduct, as part of the Q6 range were specifically designed to handle the mineral traffic of the North Eastern Railway. This view of the locomotives gives a real impression of the size and potential power they possessed.

Image and details courtesy of Robert Goundry.

63431 at Kilton Mine

The Q6 Rail Tour obviously include several ‘detours’ and obviously Kilton Mine was one! This view appears to show the locomotive close to the mine.

Image and details courtesy of Robert Goundry.

63431 at Huntcliff – take 2

Locomotive 63431 on the track at Huntcliff, obviously the photographers are now appreciating the view! The driver obviously preferred to remain in the cab.

Image and details courtesy of Robert Goundry.

63431 on Huntcliff

This image was taken from one of the brake vans which were part of the 63431 train as it passed around Huntcliff point, it gives a lasting impression of the closeness of the edge. Early locomotive drivers and passengers must have had a wonderful view!

Image courtesy of Robert Goundry.