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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!

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