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Kilton Valley and Viaduct

This postcard is a lovely example of early colour hand tinting to a black and white photograph and was produced by Cooke’s Fancy Bazaar in Loftus; the original was posted in Loftus on 30th July, 1905.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah.

Loftus To Carlin How Viaduct

Loftus To Carlin How Viaduct

X marks the spot not of treasure, but of the unsafe pillar of theLoftus to Carlin How viaduct that caused it to be filled in with spoil from the mines. The condition of the pillar lead to the creation of the culvert to house the Kilton Beck and the infilling of the viaduct with iron stone mining waste to create the embankment we still see today. This image dates from 1911 and is from a T.C. Booth postcard. Simon Chapman tells us: ”Kilton Viaduct was infilled from 1907 to 1914 primarily so that ironstone could be worked from beneath it, particularly from the Carlin How mine. The picture was taken in 1911 when one pier cracked and train services were suspended for a fortnight while remedial action was taken.” On consulting the postcard the sender comments ”The viaduct has been repaired and is now open for traffic.” Obviously this is an image from prior to the remedial action which Simon reports.

Image courtesy of John G. Hannah and thank you once again Simon Chapman.

Class 20s Crossing New Bridge

Class 20s Crossing New Bridge

A pair of Class 20s, led by 20070, cross the new bridge at Carlin How with a train of loaded Potash Hoppers. Both locomotives are equipped with multiple working connections, the second man being the guard. Both locomotives in ”Small Arrow” livery; it looks like the Thornaby Kingfisher on the side.

Image courtesy of Raymond Brown and thanks to Russ for the update.

Class 101 DMU approaches Redcar (early 1980s)

Class 101 DMU approaches Redcar (early 1980s)

A view of a Class 101 DMU approaching Redcar in the early 1980s; a previous poster had added the comment ”I hated these smelly, noisy, uncomfortable, draughty things – it made the bus worthwhile – and a car inevitable. I notice that this is before Redcar Central Station became a business park and the railway became single track.” Tom Sayers has replied with: ”These DMU1s were very comfortable and not at all draughty. 2. This track is not, and never has been single track.”
Image courtesy of Russ Pigott and many thanks to Tom for rectifying the errors in posting.

Class 37s Boulby (1986)

Class 37s Boulby (1986)

A pair of “Large Arrow” liveried Class 37s running light engine at Boulby.

(image courtesy of Russ Pigott)

Class 47 at Crag Hall

Class 47 at Crag Hall

I seem to remember these weren’t well liked due to a lack of sanders and brakes like a milk float! Notice the steps for the signalman to give and receive block tokens for the single line working. Also the local semaphore set off to give him right of way. A nice gritty black and white image.

Simon Chapman tell us: ”There are still semaphores but they have been replaced with modern safety-minded equipment so that if a technician needs to climb up them for maintenance work he will find it so difficult to fall off. How did they manage climbing signal ladders for the previous 150 years? ”

Image courtesy of Russ Piggot and thanks to Simon Chapman for the update.

Class 47 Leaving Boulby (Early 80s)

Class 47 Leaving Boulby (Early 80s)

I do like this image Russ – captures the ruggedness of the location perfectly with that haze/fog/mist shrouding Boulby Potash right up to the middle ground of the image.

(image courtesy of Russ Pigott)

Class 56 at South Bank (1987)

Class 56 at South Bank (1987)

The well-known gas holder on the right being passed by a late-liveried Class 56 – a vast improvement on the Class 47 – notice the multiple-working connections and lead on the front panel – one driver could drive all the locomotives in a multiple engine set.
(image courtesy of Russ Pigott)

Class 37, 37514, rounds Huntcliff (1986)

Class 37, 37514, rounds Huntcliff (1986)

This time with a load of sections from Skinningrove, there’s novel! Full yellow ends and large logo. Never named, but renumbered!
(image courtesy of Russ Pigott)

DRS Class 20s at Crag Hall 1998

DRS Class 20s at Crag Hall 1998

A pair of immaculately turned out Class 20s standing at Crag Hall box with a train – they were being routed into Crag Hall Yard, our editor assumed that it was a train of empties for Skinningrove Works. Russ Pigott has now told us: ”It was a route refreshing trip in February 1998 they were light engine. Later in the day they went to Whitby and stayed there for the night. When I took the photograph I was nursing a sore finger, which I had trapped in the cab door at Doncaster on the morning this view was taken.”
Image courtesy of Russ Pigott and many thanks to Russ for the update.