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Class 20’s from Boulby Potash

This looks a very modern photograph, about mid-1980’s we’re informed.  The locomotives are BR Class 20s, 20165 (from 19878 till 1980 named ”Henry Pease” – how ironic!) and possibly 20118 (latterly named ”Saltburn-by-the-Sea”) – they typically operated ”nose-to-tail” as in this image.  With these big arrows they could have been blue with yellow ends, or, even later, grey with yellow ends. On the right of this image is the Guibal fan house at the base of Warsett Hill, Brotton; the only surviving  remnant of  the Huntcliffe Ironstone Mine.

And so to Shed!

This is a photograph of the old engine sheds at Skinningrove (please correct us if we’re wrong!).   The second small ”saddle-tank” loco from the left is the famous Minnie, so loved by all at ”the ’Grove”.

Brand New!

The proud loco men pose for their photographs with their brand new locomotive.  The NER insignia being for the North Eastern Railway which became one of the component companies of the London and North Eastern Railway. This is a late Victorian image – I wonder if this is one of the locomotives that used to operate on the Skinningrove ”Z”?

Geoffrey Allen tells us: ”The loco is a class 1037 0-6-0T built at Darlington Works in 1876 one of a class of four specially built in 1876 for the Skinningrove Zig Zag. As pictured it is not new, but as rebuilt in the early 1890′s. The last of the class to work on the Zig Zag was No.1294 withdrawn from Carlin How shed in 1910. This class replaced the 1866 built Class 1196 0-6-0ST’s on the Zig Zag which at 6 tons heavier caused track damage. These were subsequently rebuilt from 1876 as 0-6-0 Tender engines and as rebuilt lasted until 1910.”

Many thanks to Geoffrey Allen for that update.