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A Deltic on the Whitby Branch

A Deltic on the Whitby Branch

I couldn’t resist posting this image! 

David tells me that it’s Castleton Station, but when was a Class 55 ”Deltic” on the Whitby line, I know that there used to be one at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway?

Russ says ”Without sounding too trainspotterish,it was 55002 on a special to Whitby in summer 1981. I remember seeing it go through Ayton”.

Craig tells us: ”55002 did two Merrymakers from Newcastle to Whitby on 02/08/81 via Durham, Ferryhill, Stockton, and the 2nd one on the 30/08/81 via Sunderland, both I believe had what are now termed Mini Tours from Whitby to Middlesborough and return during the day.”

(thanks David, Russ and Craig for the updates)

Potash Train 1

Potash Train 1

Here’s a few railway pictures to keep the trainspotters happy an EWS (English Welsh & Scottish – railway freight company) Class 56 no. 56032 standing at Boulby.
Image courtesy of Alan M Franks.

Potash Train 3

Potash Train 3

Class 56 no. 56055 outbound from Boulby with a train of Potash Hoppers. As Russ says, it’s in the LoadHaul livery!  Didn’t know they were all American owned now though – is nothing British anymore!
(image courtesy of Alan M Franks)

Potash Train 4

Potash Train 4

EWS Class 56 no. 56032 looking rather clean in this classic shot at Boulby.
(image courtesy of Alan M Franks)

DMU in Guisborough Station

The ubiquitous Diesel Multiple Unit, workhorse of the post-steam era, in this case a Metropolitan-Cammell set, waits at Guisborough station, the station closed in February 1964. Bruce Walton tells us: “I was on the last service train from Guisborough, I have some photos somewhere. A Metro Camell DMU is preserved on the NYMR and I believe on at least one other heritage line.” Russ Pigott advises: “There are several preserved around the country, I bought one a few years ago on behalf of the North Norfolk railway in Sheringham.” Also an update from Peter Cook: “The ‘Now & Then’ magazine has a two page article “The last Goodbye”; in issue No. 59 pages 22 & 23 with photographs; about the final train leaving Guisborough station.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection; also many thanks to Bruce Walton, Russ Pigott and Peter Cook for the updates.

Class 20’s from Boulby Potash

This looks a very modern photograph, about mid-1980’s we’re informed.  The locomotives are BR Class 20s, 20165 (from 19878 till 1980 named ”Henry Pease” – how ironic!) and possibly 20118 (latterly named ”Saltburn-by-the-Sea”) – they typically operated ”nose-to-tail” as in this image.  With these big arrows they could have been blue with yellow ends, or, even later, grey with yellow ends. On the right of this image is the Guibal fan house at the base of Warsett Hill, Brotton; the only surviving  remnant of  the Huntcliffe Ironstone Mine.