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Busy Day at Redcar

Busy Day at Redcar

How many of you remember the excursion platform at Redcar? Well, there’s a car park there now, but in its heyday it was heaving (Redcar had a beach then, there was no deep water channel in the Tees, no Blast Furnace on the skyline and Redcar had two picture houses and a theatre).
I count 3 engines in steam here as well!

A Deltic on the Whitby Branch

A Deltic on the Whitby Branch

I couldn’t resist posting this image! 

David tells me that it’s Castleton Station, but when was a Class 55 ”Deltic” on the Whitby line, I know that there used to be one at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway?

Russ says ”Without sounding too trainspotterish,it was 55002 on a special to Whitby in summer 1981. I remember seeing it go through Ayton”.

Craig tells us: ”55002 did two Merrymakers from Newcastle to Whitby on 02/08/81 via Durham, Ferryhill, Stockton, and the 2nd one on the 30/08/81 via Sunderland, both I believe had what are now termed Mini Tours from Whitby to Middlesborough and return during the day.”

(thanks David, Russ and Craig for the updates)

Potash Train 1

Potash Train 1

Here’s a few railway pictures to keep the trainspotters happy an EWS (English Welsh & Scottish – railway freight company) Class 56 no. 56032 standing at Boulby.
Image courtesy of Alan M Franks.

Potash Train 3

Potash Train 3

Class 56 no. 56055 outbound from Boulby with a train of Potash Hoppers. As Russ says, it’s in the LoadHaul livery!  Didn’t know they were all American owned now though – is nothing British anymore!
(image courtesy of Alan M Franks)

Potash Train 4

Potash Train 4

EWS Class 56 no. 56032 looking rather clean in this classic shot at Boulby.
(image courtesy of Alan M Franks)

Staithes Viaduct

Staithes Viaduct

Staithes Viaduct, with a local commuter train, powered by a British Railways “Standard” tank engine.  This photograph was probably taken towards the end of the line’s existence, a two carriage train indicating the decline of rail traffic as increased fares and better road links caused migration away from the railways.

All that remains now are the concrete piers that supported the steelwork.
In view is the stone abutment which supported the west end. The east end abutment, also of stone, was demolished.
Thanks again to Simon for the last piece of information

Staithes Viaduct

Staithes Viaduct

A view the viaduct from downstream, looking inland.  The train is heading towards Staithes station. Chris Davies tells us:”The engine is a Raven/Gresley A8 4-6-2t hauling a train of ex-NER and a Thompson suburban brake of the LNER.”

Thanks to Chris for that update.

Dismantling Staithes Viaduct

Dismantling Staithes Viaduct

Dismantling Staithes viaduct (thanks to Eric Johnson for the information); one of several we have of this activity, according to ”Subterranea Britannica” this occurred in 1960.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos.

Carnaby Willis Timber Merchants – Saw Mills

Carnaby Willis Timber Merchants - Saw Mills

Loftus station site is featured, with Carnaby Willis Timber Merchants Saw Mill (Carnaby Willis became a local benefactor in later years). The shed roof featured carried the caption heading to this image for many years. Many thanks to Derick Pearson for the update. John

Carlin How Station – 1899

The stationmaster and his porters line up to get their picture taken on Carlin How Station (the name wasn’t changed to Skinningrove until 1903).  Does anybody know who they are?

Image courtesy of Carlin How Community Centre.