Belle of the Ball!

Minnie, obviously refurbished and resplendent in a new coat of paint, in steam, prior to disposal. Minnie left in 1968 for the Kent and East Sussex railway but has since moved to the Mangapps Railway Museum in Essex.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Mark Thompson for the update.

No Work Today?

An image of 0-4-0 saddle tank engine “Freebrough”, built by Andrew Barclay of Kilmarnock in 1963. The engine was awaiting disposal at the end of its working life. The Sentinel diesels arrived in 1963.

Image and information courtesy of Eric Johnson.

Minnie’s Departure

Skinningrove riggers loading Minnie onto an articulated lorry, for transport by road to the Kent & East Sussex Railway in 1968; where she now resides in Mangapps Railway Museum at Burnham on Crouch. Minnie was originally built in 1878; a 0-6-0ST steam locomotive and  is one of only 3 Fox Walker locomotives in Britain.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Chris for the update.


A similar shot as the previous post, about 20 feet further along the track and squarer on.  I’m inclined to believe that the structure in the background was the conveyor to the Sinter Plant from the top end of the site.  The building in the background, housed the ore crusher, with conveyor belts from tippler in and belt out to No. 5 furnace.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for updating information.


A rather poor photograph of Minnie; the image was shot in poor light, possibly approaching dusk. The building on the left housed the ore crusher, with conveyor belts from tippler in and belt out to No. 5 furnace, with the wagon tippler in this view in the background. Also can be seen the pedestrian gantry crossing the tracks and down to the fitting shop side.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for updating information.

Sandsend – Raithwaite Viaduct

A shot of a J25 0-6-0 loco, number 65663, (based at Whitby shed) and guard’s van leaving Raithwaite Viaduct towards Whitby on the ”pick-up” goods.  The locomotive is fitted with a snow-plough (known as a bufferbeam plough) .  The logo on the tender looks like an early BR roundel. You only see guard’s vans on preserved railways these days, despite objections from the railmen’s union they were removed from service early in the diesel era.

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson (from the Ken Hoole/Neville Stead Collection) and thanks to Mark for the details.


This is a photograph of Minnie, a diminutive 0-6-0 saddle-tank loco, much-loved on Skinningrove Works.  In her day she was the work-horse on the site, seemingly everywhere, fussing about with a train-load of trucks. It is believed she was a quarry locomotive originally and that is where she went to end her days too after Skinningrove outgrew her.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Loftus Station

A view of Loftus Station, looking towards Liverton Mines from the Rosecroft Lane bridge, visible in the previous post. Today the station is a private house; with only a single rail track running past the buildings.

Loftus Station

A neat and tidy Loftus Station with a Saltburn-bound train arriving, headed by the ubiquitous tank engine.  The Stationmaster is exchanging Tokens with the engine-driver, as Loftus was the end of one control block and the beginning of another in the Token-controlled single track railway system (basically the line was split into sections, each controlled by a token.  A train arriving at Loftus would surrender its Token (freeing up the section of track that it was leaving) and would receive a Token allowing it to proceed into the next section of track.  If there was still a train in the next section then the Stationmaster couldn’t give the engine driver a Token, so the train would be held at Loftus until the incoming train arrived and surrendered its Token).  This system is still in use on the Middlesbrough to Whitby branch, although, sadly there are no more Stationmasters and no more signal box staff (a control section always had a signal box), so there is a box on the control stations with a Victorian Lock Frame (to receive the Token) and another Victorian Lock Frame to dispense the next Token and a computer link to advise the Middlesbrough Control Centre of a ”train in section”.  All very sad, but I’ve no doubt all very efficient! Loftus still has trains passing through, but none stop. The line now serves the Cleveland Potash Mine and sadly passengers are no longer a feature of the line after it departs Saltburn. Although special ‘rail tours’  have on occasions used the line.

DMU in Guisborough Station

The ubiquitous Diesel Multiple Unit, workhorse of the post-steam era, in this case a Metropolitan-Cammell set, waits at Guisborough station, the station closed in February 1964. Bruce Walton tells us: “I was on the last service train from Guisborough, I have some photos somewhere. A Metro Camell DMU is preserved on the NYMR and I believe on at least one other heritage line.” Russ Pigott advises: “There are several preserved around the country, I bought one a few years ago on behalf of the North Norfolk railway in Sheringham.” Also an update from Peter Cook: “The ‘Now & Then’ magazine has a two page article “The last Goodbye”; in issue No. 59 pages 22 & 23 with photographs; about the final train leaving Guisborough station.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection; also many thanks to Bruce Walton, Russ Pigott and Peter Cook for the updates.