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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.

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.

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.

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. Russ Pigott advised: “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 Pigott for the update.

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: “No they haven’t! They are still semaphores but 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.

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. James Stoker suggested: “This was a rail tour of some description organised by Pathfinder tours.” 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 James Stoker and Russ Pigott for the updates.

Class 37, no. 37514, rounds Huntcliff (1986)

Class 37; this time with a load of sections from Skinningrove, there’s novel! Full yellow ends and large logo. Never named, but renumbered!
Image and details courtesy of Russ Pigott.

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 37s Boulby (1986)

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

Image courtesy of Russ Pigott.

Class 47 Leaving Boulby (Early 1980s)

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.