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2. “The Boulby Flyer”

The train going over the viaduct towards Loftus, with Kilton shale tip in the background.   The excursion was on the Boulby mineral line from Saltburn to Boulby Potash Mine and back.

Image and detail courtesy of Sandra Hutchinson.

Sandsend Station Viaduct

Another picture of the viaduct adjacent to the station at Sandsend, viewed from the hill above the village on the Whitby side. In the present day the former railway line is an excellent footpath and part of the Cleveland Way.

Not Even This Now

A photograph taken after Skinningrove station was closed; signboard and platform are all that remain!
Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

East Row Viaduct, Sandsend


Sandsend Viaduct, with local train – was how we originally posted this image. But alas we got it wrong!  – it is a view of East Row Viaduct in the 1956 with a local commuter train from Whitby approaching. Sadly this picturesque line, which skirted the coast all the way from Saltburn to Whitby and from Whitby to Scarborough, has vanished, leaving only the mineral railway from Saltburn to Boulby Potash Mine. The locomotive leading this mixed passenger/goods train is an ex-Great Central Railways Robinson A5 4-6-2 Pacific tank; well at home on this demanding coastal line. The quaint seaside shop shown in the bottom right hand corner of the image still exists, doing an excellent trade of refreshments and beach essentials, weather permitting! Mark advised us: “Sorry to be picky, but this is East Row viaduct (Sandsend viaduct being the one adjacent to the station). Having said that, goods for Sandsend were handled at East Row, the Goods Shed (just visible in the background) remained in place until the early 1990s. Parts of the viaduct’s pier foundations can still be seen on the beach.” Meanwhile the goods shed site mentioned by Mark in the background are currently being developed as an upmarket housing development by the Mulgrave Estates.

Image from the Neville Stead Collection, many thanks to Mark for pointing out our mistake!

Steam Heritage passes Industrial Heritage (2008)

Preserved K1 Class, 62005, rounds the bend at Huntcliff, passing the remains of the old Guibal Fanhouse on a Train spotter’s Special on the 10th May 2008
Image courtesy of Raymond Brown.

Saltburn Station

Another memory jogging photograph of when the train could pull right up to the Zetland Hotel in Saltburn. Russ Pigott advises: “Interesting picture, must be about 1956/7, the train which was to become a Class 101 in later year does not yet have the ‘speed whisker’ applied to the front and also the platform canopy had yet to be extended in concrete towards Redcar. Interesting to compare this to the 1980s picture I submitted (Class 101 DMU Saltburn) as the shop visible in the corner hardly seems to have changed, and although the train is the same type the platform in in this picture had been out of use since 1970

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday, thanks to Russ Pigott for the dating and update.

Turntable – Middlesbrough

When first posted the Archive asked: “Now you train spotters out there where is this? I know you will be able to tell us, just reminds us of Thomas the Tank Engine!” Derick Pearson advised that the turntable was at Middlesbrough. Russs Pigott advised: ”The image shows (left to right) 67281; was the last surviving example of a G5, She was an 0-4-4T type. She was withdrawn by British rail in 1958. 43073. is definitely a Ivatt Class 4 and the last photograph I have of her is leaving Roose Railway station, Barrow-in-Furness in 1960. Where she ended up I do not know. 67663. Was a V1 2-6-2T Gresley. The Class V3 Gresley was introduced 1939, built on the same chassis and everything else. Appearance was much the same as the V1 but the V3 had a Higher Boiler Pressure. This one is the earlier V1. 63340. Is a Q6; it was originally a N.E.R class T2 0-8-0. Classified as a Q6 by the L.N.E.R. 120 were built at Darlington works between 1913 and 1921 to the design of Vincent Raven. They were based on the N.E.R Class T and T1- L.E.N.R – Q5s. All passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they were numbered from 63340 to 63459. 63372 was withdrawn in 1960 after an accident. The others were withdrawn from 1963 to 1967. Only one of them, the 63395 has survived to preservation on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. She re-entered service after a major overhaul in 2007. 67685. Was A Gresley 3 cylinder V3. The last reference I have to her is at Battersby Junction near Gt Ayton. Hope this sorts that one out.”

Image courtesy of Mike Holliday and others, also now known to have been on a CD produced by Derick Pearson.

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.