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Class 20s Saltburn West (1987)

I told Russ that my favourite diesels were Class 20s, Class 25s and Class 37s – there follows a whole series of lovely images – from that privileged track-side position.
Image courtesy of Russ Pigott.

Class 37 from Boulby Potash

A Class 37 Diesel locomotive, number 37515, passes through Carlin How with a trainload of Potash from Boulby. Notice the panel over the aperture left from the removal of the nose doors.
Image courtesy of Raymond Brown.

DMU on the Boulby Mineral Railway Line!

Taken from the bridge at Carlin How, a train spotter’s special, or was it for Cleveland Potash’s Open Day? Raymond Brown tells me it’s from the early to mid 1980’s – the DMU colour scheme fits that era anyway!

Image and information courtesy of Raymond Brown.

All Gone Now!

A long while later and the platform has gone, the car park has arrived and a special makes its way from Redcar towards Black Bridge. It must be a preserved locomotive on a charter run!

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday.

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! It must have been a busy day as I can count three engines in steam here as well!

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday.

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

Craig Oliphant tells us: ”55002 did two Merrymakers from Newcastle to Whitby on 02/08/1981 via Durham, Ferryhill, Stockton, and the second one on the 30/08/1981 via Sunderland, both I believe had what are now termed Mini Tours from Whitby to Middlesbrough and return during the day.”

Thanks David Richardson, Russ Piggot and Craig Oliphant for the updates.

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. Simon Chapman advised the Archive: “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.”

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and the David Liddle Collection, thanks again to Simon Chapman for the last piece of information

Staithes Viaduct

A view Staithes 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.”

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson and thanks to Chris Davies for that update.

Staithes Viaduct

This coloured postcard view was produced by T. Watson, Lythe.  It gives us a clear picture of the structure of the viaduct.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.

Dismantling Staithes Viaduct

Dismantling Staithes viaduct in 1960, one of several we have of this end of an era. Eric Johnson advised that ”Subterranea Britannica” had further information on this activity.

Image courtesy of Mrs Sakelaropoulos and thanks to Eric Johnson for his researches.