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Whitby Branch Line at Kettleness

Another local commuter train underway, headed by a BR Standard tank, skirting the cliff edge at Kettleness. The unusual configuration of the first coach can be clearly seen in this image. A beautiful picturesque route, this would make a lovely leisure route today (after re-alignment to avoid the continuously advancing cliff edge!). Russ Pig0tt comments about the first carriage: “There’s nothing unusual about the first coach it is a Brake third, basically a second class coach (when built bizarrely there were only first and third class; second had been phased out) with guard’s accommodation and luggage space. Parcels and mail were still conveyed by trains such as this and continued on local services until the late 1980s.”

Image courtesy Maurice Grayson and thanks to Russell Pigott for the clarification of the Editor’s query.

2 comments to Whitby Branch Line at Kettleness

  • geoffrey powell

    Whoever put this picture on the wonderful site , brought me great joy and memories… I used to travel along this route to RAF Goldsborough in early 60s , You are right it must have been a dream of a journey for all that travelled , It was for me Thank you..
    Geoffrey Powell,

  • Russ Pigott

    There’s nothing unusual about the first coach it is a Brake third, basically a second class coach (when built bizarrely there were only first and third class second had been phased out) with guards accommodation and luggage space. Parcels and mail were still conveyed by trains such as this and continued on local services until the late 1980s.

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