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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.”

Image courtesy Maurice Grayson and thanks to Chris for the update.

Staithes Viaduct again

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: “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 Jean Hall, thanks to Simon Chapman for the last piece of information.

Sandsend Station

Sandsend Station

A view of Sandsend railway station viewed from the west, looking towards the hill at the bottom of which is the road and present day protruding pedestrian walkway.

Image courtesy of Maurice Grayson.

Staithes Viaduct once more

Staithes Viaduct once more

Train bound for Whitby, non corridor stock, Engine possible Ex L.N.E.R. Thompson L1 class,? help needed on identification. five coaches were normal in summer, reduced to two or three for winter service. date mid 1950s.
Image courtesy Maurice Grayson.

A photograph of Staithes Viaduct, taken from the landward side, I think, showing a 5 coach train travelling towards Whitby, headed by a large tank engine (possibly an A8 (4-6-2T) or maybe a BR Standard tank (2-6-4T) – or even a Thompson L1 tank (2-6-4T) – thanks to Mark Thompson).

What a remarkably scenic railway this was – nowadays it would be the ideal candidate for preservation – and we cannot blame Dr Beeching for the closure of the line. As Andrew Hogan tells us: ”This line closed in 1958, Dr. Beeching did not come to power until 1962 and therefore had nothing to do with its closure.” Thanks to Mark for that update.

Russ Pigott tells us: ”The loco is a class L1 2-6-4t and the photo was taken after 1956 as it has the later BR crest,maybe even closure day as there seems to be a lot of people (enthusiasts?) stood up and looking out of the coach windows.” Thanks to Russ for that update.

Train to Loftus from Whitby

Train to Loftus from Whitby

We wondered where this train was and the probable journey, having been told by Derick Pearson that it is the 67750 (locomotive number) and was on the Whitby to Loftus line. Tom Sayers has come to the rescue with the following information: ”This picture was taken just after the train had come out of the tunnel at Easington on the way to Loftus.”
Photograph courtesy of Maurice Grayson (from the Neville Stead Collection),with thanks to Derick and Tom for the updates.

Staithes station

Staithes station

Train heading towards Whitby, camping coach can be seen in siding on the left.

Photo courtesy of Maurice Grayson

Staithes station

Staithes station

View of the station buildings.

Photo courtesy of Maurice Grayson

Staithes station

Staithes station

Over the viaduct on it’s way to Whitby.
photo thanks to maurice grayson.

Loftus Station

Loftus Station

Train departing towards Whitby.

Thanks to Maurice Grayson for the photo.

loftus station

loftus station

train arriving from whitby, 1950c

photo courtesy of Maurice Grayson