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Skinningrove Steelworks Loco

Skinningrove Steelworks Loco

Greenbank a steel works locomotive with the proud staff.
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson & Keith Bowers.

Train to Loftus from Whitby

Train to Loftus  from,??

We wondered where this train was and the probable journey, having been told by Derick Pearson that it the 67750 (trainspotter speak?) and was on the Whitby to Loftus line. Tom Sayers has come to the rescue with the following information: ”This picture was taken just after the train had come out of the tunnel at Easington on the way to Loftus.”
Photo courtesy of Maurice Grayson,with thanks to Derick and Tom for the updates.

Cragg Hall 1958

Cragg Hall 1958

Russell Piggot ha s assisted in identifying the train as:

”A Q6 Class 6 0-8-0.”

Thanks to Russell for the update.

East Row Viaduct, Sandsend

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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)

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 Trainspotter’s Special on the 10th May 2008
(image courtesy of Raymond Brown)

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.)

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.

All Gone Now!

All Gone Now!

A long while later and the platform has gone, the car park has arrived and a special makes its way from Redcar towards Black Bridge (must be a preserved loco on a charter run).

Busy Day at Redcar

Busy Day at Redcar

How many of you remember the excursion platform at Redcar? Well, there’s a car park there now, but in its heyday it was heaving (Redcar had a beach then, there was no deep water channel in the Tees, no Blast Furnace on the skyline and Redcar had two picture houses and a theatre).
I count 3 engines in steam here as well!

Battersby Junction (1950’s)

A pristine locomotive – another A8, number 69883 – pictured at Battersby Junction in the 1950’s. Battersby Junction is now a station on the Middlesbrough to Whitby, Esk Valley line; it was originally the junction for the line which connected with the Rosedale ironstone mines.

Location identification courtesy of Simon Chapman.

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