Grosmont Station

A shot of the Whitby-Middlesbrough platform at Grosmont Station, change here for Pickering and all intermediate stations.  Alan Woods tell us: “The locomotive number is 69877.” The junction point of two railways, the Whitby-Pickering and the Whitby-Middlesbrough lines.  Both lines still traversable by train,  the Middlesbrough-Whitby Line having escaped the Beeching axe by virtue of remoteness (it wasn’t economically viable to replace the routes with a bus service) and the Grosmont-Pickering Line by the good fortune of becoming the first Heritage railway; The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. A line I’ve been travelling regularly since they had ”Salmon”.  Long may it flourish!

Thanks to Alan Woods for the update.

Guisborough Station

A good shot of BR Standard 2-6-4T 80118 standing at Guisborough Station with a local train. Alan Featonby tells us: ”80118 was allocated to Whitby (50G) shed at this time and is on Middlesbrough to Whitby service via Loftus, depending on the time of day it could have run to Scarborough.  The train, having run directly into Guisborough station from Middlesbrough, would reverse back to Hutton junction prior to changing direction once again to head towards  Brotton.  These 4MT tank loco’s were turned at Middlesbrough in order to run chimney first up Nunthorpe bank thus ensuring water was always around the firebox.  There was no Saltburn service between 1955 and 1958 when this photograph was taken. I suspect this train is the first return working on the last day of through running to Whitby in 1958 and it did terminate at Whitby.  80116 and an L1 doing the final honours on the Scarborough trains.  DMU’s then took over the service on the following Monday but from Loftus to Middlesbroug; the Esk Valley route then being the only route to Whitby from Middlesbrough.”

Many thanks to Alan Featonby for this explanation of this lines working systems at the time this image was taken.

Skinningrove Station

Anomalously called Skinningrove, but originally called Carlin How, nothing remains of this station now except a locked gate and some footings. The photographer is standing on the Loftus side looking towards Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works; perhaps that is the real reason for the re-naming of the station!

Brotton Station

Brotton Station – old faithful 80118, a BR Standard 2-6-4T – waits with a Loftus-bound local train.  Lovely atmospheric shot this one, plenty of life in it. The view is looking south so the train is heading towards Huntcliff and Loftus, not Saltburn. 

Information courtesy of Simon Chapman.

British Steel

Not so old here – we’ve got colour light signals. A goods train, headed by 0-6-0 class J39 64848, chugs ponderously past; east of Thornaby Station, heading west on the goods line. We are told by Dale: ”The locomotive is J39 64848, of West Auckland (51F); it has a white smokebox door boss. This had been painted to indicate all 51F sheded locomotives by the shed boiler inspector.” We are now advised by Geoff Swales: ”The white smokebox door boss was painted by West Auckland boilersmith, (not inspector) – Gordon Reed – boilersmith from mid 1950’s until shed closure.”

Thanks Simon Chapman, Alan Woods, Dale and Geoff Swales for the updates.

Loco Lads, Skinningrove

This photograph and others of the locomotive appear in the book ‘The Steam Locomotive Era of the Skinningrove Iron Company Ltd’ by David W. Husband [Published by Peter Tuffs, 2003]. The book gives the following information about the locomotive: ‘MINNIE’, built by Fox Walker of Bristol in 1878, works number 385. Entered service at Skinningrove in 1883, previously with John Waddell (of Paddy Waddell’s Railway fame!), contractor for the Loftus-Whitby railway, 1880-83. MINNIE was employed as a general use locomotive at Skinningrove and in this image is on yard and gantry duty about 1920. Over the years MINNIE was rebuilt, notably her cab and steam dome. She was the longest-serving steam locomotive at Skinningrove and probably the best-loved. In August 1965 she moved to the Kent & East Sussex Railway for preservation and was still in steam in the late 1970s. In 1980 she was presented to Dover’s Transport Museum and by 2003 was at the Mangaps Farm Railway, Essex.

Thanks to Alan Woods for the information.

Marske Station

A quiet day at Marske Station. Difficult to date this image, no people and no trains; however Andy Rush believes it could be British Rail period based on the signage. Russ Pigott tells us: ”it is probably after 1970, as there are no semaphore signals visible towards Saltburn. The Longbeck signal box took over the Marske/Saltburn area with colour light signals in 1970. The gas lights also lasted into the 1970s, I clearly remember going to the station with my Grandad and them being present and working. My Grandparents moved to Marske in 1970.” Keith Atherley tells us: ”Must have been 1972 – the year of my ‘O’ Levels – and the year when I was given my first SLR for Christmas. I developed and printed the photographs in the darkroom at school.”
Image courtesy of Keith Atherley, also thanks to Andy Rush, Russ Pigott and Keith Atherley for the updated information.

Redcar East

This is another ex-Great Central Railway Robinson A5 number 69832 with a Darlington – Saltburn train between Redcar East and Marske.

Chris Davies advised: ”Locomotive is of G. C. R. Robinson design; but this version was in modified form to work in the north east and built by Hawthorn Leslie in October 1925 and withdrawn in November 1958.”

Thanks to Chris Davies for that update.

Redcar East

A classic image of a Saltburn to Darlington train headed by a BR Standard Class 3 2-6-0 locomotive number 77013; passing the home signal approaching Redcar East Halt.

Information courtesy of ”Bald Eagle” who advised us that this is a Class 3 locomotive.


Another of Skinningrove’s delightful little locomotives, ‘Hilda’ dumb-buffered like Minnie; built by Thomas Peckett of Bristol in 1899.  Minnie was built by Fox Walker of Bristol in 1878 – same town different works!

Information courtesy of D. W. Husband and Eric Johnson.