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Brotton Railway Station

Brotton Railway Station

An excellent hand tinted postcard of the railway station in possibly 1907, one of the ”Phoenix” Series produced by Brittain & Wright of Stockton. It looks so different now.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah

Skelton Station

Skelton station as we have never seen it, once again a lovely drawing, the station was South-East along the railway from Hollybush Bridge. David Richardson tells us: “It opened on 1st July 1902 and was closed to passengers on 10th September 1951; closing completely on 21st January 1964.    The building to the left of the picture was the Station Masters house which still stands. Derick Pearson assisted with: “North Skelton Station was at Hollybush where Wilkinson Brothers Car Breakers yard is sited.” Locals can remember some platforms still being there and we believe this is the one depicted in the etching. Stonehouse Brothers had the yard for coaches before Wilkinson Brothers; a little further along the line was Long Acres Pit which is also shown on site.

Image courtesy of Joan Webster and thanks to David Richardson and Derick Pearson for updates.

Double Bridges – Claphow Lane

Yes I know we have a photograph of this bridge, but not like this. Look at all those bricks; how long to draw all those?
Image courtesy of Joan Webster.

Double Bridge Claphow

Double Bridge Claphow

One of the two Rail Bridges at Claphow, Stanghow Road (the road connecting New Skelton directly to Lingdale). Due to mining subsidence the bridge was strengthen with the addition of a second arch inside the original arch. A buttress was added at the right hand side and four iron rods inserted through the parapet, whilst the left hand side was concreted.

Andrew Pearson tells us: ”Really good photo, looks to be from around 1964 or maybe early 1965. The railway was part of the much missed coastal route down to Whitby and Scarborough from Middlesbrough which closed completely in May 1958 between Loftus and Whitby West Cliff, passenger trains continued to run to Loftus until 1960 and then only to Guisborough until 1964 when it too closed under what came to be known as the Beeching Axe, which was to devastate the UK rail network. By this time the only traffic across this bridge was the weekly goods (mostly coal), to Boosbeck public delivery siding, from the Brotton direction, which ended in September 1964 when the depot at Saltburn took over coal deliveries enabling this line to be closed altogether. The line from Guisborough meantime had been cut just before reaching Boosbeck and was used for the storage of redundant wagons for the last five years of its life. During the summer of 1965 all the rails and fittings were uplifted from Brotton junction to the Esk Valley line junction near Nunthorpe inclusive, and this bridge was subsequently removed during improvements to the Lingdale to Skelton road. The other bridge behind it in the picture, on the Priestcroft Junction to Skelton triangle line, is still there.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson, with information from Eric Johnson; also thanks to Andrew and Alastair for the updates.

Staithes Railway Station

Staithes Railway Station

Here L1 2-6-4T number 67754 stands adjacent to the signal box with a mixed train of 2nd/3rd class composite coaches, the first carriage being quite a modern example, while the rest are pre-1939.

Engine no 67754 was in charge of the last passenger train from Whitby to Loftus, in 1958. on the left of the photo behind the boys on the platform can be seen a camping coach, several of the stations between here and Scarborough had these carriages in sidings at the stations, for holliday makers. thank you for that information Eric,  all help gratefully accepted, joanj.

The old station building still stands, it is now a private house, but still is an obvious former railway building.

Steam Train at Huntclffe

Steam Train at Huntclffe

We wondered where the ttain was and Mark tells us: ” That’s a WD on a train from Skinningrove at Huntcliffe, roughly where the ring shaped sculpture is, making a racket no doubt, it looks windy but the exhaust is been blasted skywards.”

Iimage courtesy of Eric Johnson and thanks to Mrk for the update.

Saltburn Viaduct

Saltburn Viaduct

Saltburn viaduct and a steam train with a rake wagons filled with  ironstone passing over.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.

Twizziegill Culvert

Twizziegill Culvert

Well I have been informed that it is Twizziegill culvert and the digging of the railway and this has now been confirmed by David Richardson.
(photo courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum and thanks to David for the confirmation)

Kilton Viaduct & Stream (1860)

Kilton Viaduct & Stream (1860)

You can see from this much earlier image how light and open the valley was originally.  I wonder if the viaduct had been built with arched spans whether the problem would still have manifested itself.  I’d need an engineer to tell me – is there an engineer in the house?

Simon Chapman tells us: ”

Kilton Viaduct opened for traffic in 1867 and was later filled in with shale to create a massive embankment so that mining could take place beneath it. During this work which took years, one of the pillars showed signs of stress possibly because of uneven tipping, so traffic over was stopped for a fortnight until the problem was remedied. So if the viaduct had been built with arches it would still have ended up as we see it today.”

Thanks to Simon for the update.

Carlin How and Loftus Viaduct in 1866

Carlin How and Loftus Viaduct in 1866

A beautiful valley and an elegant structure, before the viaduct became unstable and was filled in with waste from the mine to create an embankment.