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Loftus Viaduct

Named Loftus Viaduct on this postcard, but still the same one, not completely filled in yet. The note on the back is dated December 8th, 1911, this is another postcard in the Penny Real Photo Series from Wm. Richardson & Sons, Loftus.


Image courtesy of Keith Bennison and Beryl Morris.

Brotton Station

Brotton station over a hundred years ago, the card was posted on 23rd October, 1907.

Image courtesy of Beryl Morris.

Bloworth Crossing

Eric Johnson advised: “The locomotive is an “P” class North Eastern Railway engine. built at Gateshead. the tender has L.N.E.R. painted on, so photograph is after 1923. Bloworth crossing is near Ingleby Incline (Battersby to Rosedale mineral line).” Bloworth Crossing is a familiar name to all those who have trod the Lyke Wyke Walk  or undertaken the Cleveland Way. It mark a crossing point for the original mineral railway by several ancient routes.

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, thanks to Eric Johnson for the update.

Blakey Station

A rather cold and lonely view of Blakey station, from the William Hayes collection of postcards, the Archive asked: “Where was Blakey station?” Russ Pigott tells us: ”Blakey station was near where the Farndale road turns off the ‘Blakey Road’ There is still the wall of one side of the bridge which took the road over the railway. The ‘station’ was the junction where the Rosedale East and West Branches separated. Nothing now remains of the buildings on the site.” David Richardson agreed with this siting, adding: “The area is now a car park.”

Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, thanks to Adam Cuthbert, Russ Pigott and David Richardson for the updates.

Ingleby Incline on August 3rd, 1928

The top of the Ingleby Incline and all people available are posed for the camera; dated very precisely by William Hayes (of Rosedale) a noted local photographer .
Image courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

Cragg Hall 1987

14 years or more years on (originally titled Cragg Hall 1972) and quite a few differences from the previous photograph of Cragg Hall, judging by Russell Pigott’s comment: ”Its a lot later than 1972 I reckon summer 1987, If you blow the picture up it seems to be me in the second man’s seat! We got the 20s late 1986 if I remember right and I did my driver training in 1988. It may not be me in the picture so it could date it as late as 1990”

Thanks to Russ Pigott for the update and probable date of the image.

Cragg Hall 1958

The Archive what the locomotive was as it awaits a signal change at Cragg Hall signal box in 1958; Russell Piggot has assisted in identifying the train as: “A Q6 Class 6 0-8-0.”

Thanks to Russell Piggot for the update.


Brotton Station looking south 24th February 1973 as it used to be; even then the tyres were starting to collect. Do you remember it like this? William Horner tells us: ”Yes I remember it well, I used to to go to the station to get the fish for my mother who had the fish shop in Jackson Street and Mr Mattson was the porter at the station”.

Thanks to William Horner for that update.

Sandsend, Lythe Bank and Railway Viaduct

This is a lovely image, sadly of an age long past.  A BR Standard class 4 2-6-4T leads a commuter train (with that weird brake van) into Sandsend station across the viaduct.

Image courtesy of Jean Carass.

1. ‘The Boulby Flyer’

Sandra tells us that Brian took this photograph of the train crossing the bridge below Carlin How; and the next photograph, from their bedroom window on St. Hilda’s Terrace. The train is ’The Boulby Flyer’ on the first excursion of four organised by Saltburn Line Users Group on Sunday August 13th 1995; the locomotive was a Class 47773 ’Reservist’. Callum Duff assisted with: “Victorian Week at Saltburn finished in 1994. If this is 1995 then it is a special excursion organised independently. Two trips were organised to Boulby as part of Saltburn’s celebrations. The first, in 1986 only went as far as Carlin How (although they didn’t tell us that until we got to Crag Hall, thanks Langbaurgh Borough Council)! The second in 1991 did travel the whole length and was on a beautiful day.” Whilst Russ Piggot advised: “If I remember correctly the Victorian week specials were class 143 units and not loco hauled like this train.”

Image and detail courtesy of Sandra Hutchinson, additional information courtesy of ’Saltburn-By-The-Sea Revisited’; thanks to Callum Duff and Russ Piggot for the updates.