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Bank Top Station

Bank Top Station

Rosedale West is where this station is and I am sure that you will be able to tell me more about this photo loaned courtesy of Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Satburn Station

Satburn Station

Another memory jogging photo of when the train could pull right up to the Zetland Hotel

(photo courtesy of Mike Holliday)

Turntable – Middlesbrough

Turntable - Middlesbrough

Now you train spotters out there where is this? I know you wil be able to tell me, just reminds me of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Derick Pearson with assistance from Russ Pigott informs us: ”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 She was withdrawn by British rail in 1958. 43073.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 photo 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 as Russ says 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 All passed into British Railways ownership in 1948 and they were numbered from 63340 to 63459. 63372 was withdrawn in 1960 after an accident. The others were withdrawn from 1963 to 1967.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 overhall in 2007. 67685. Was A Gresley 3 cyl V3. The last reference I have to her is at Battersby Junction near Gt Ayton. Hope this sorts that one out.”

(photo courtesy of Mike Holliday, but now known to be from a CD produced by Derick Pearson.)

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 Huntclff

We wondered where the train was and Mark tells us: ” That’s a WD on a train from Skinningrove at Huntcliff, roughly where the ring shaped sculpture is, making a racket no doubt, it looks windy but the exhaust is been blasted skywards.” Eric Lindsay asked: “Was the line Saltburn to Whitby all dual tech or only part ? Sandsend viaduct appears to be single track.” Terry Robinson answered the query: “The track was dual as far as Crag Hall, then was single line with passing loops at stations along the route, all the viaducts and tunnels were single line.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson, thanks to Mark for the update; also to Eric Lindsay and Terry Robinson for the update on dual tracking.

Saltburn Viaduct

Saltburn viaduct and a steam train with a rake wagons filled with  ironstone passing over. The viaduct today carries trains from Boulby Potash mine and service as necessary the works at Skinningrove.

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson.