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End of the Line

It is believed that this photograph (and several others in previous posts) must have been taken after Skinningrove took delivery of the Sentinel diesels; we believe these locomotives are awaiting disposal, they are certainly all cold!

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

Steel Works (hard!)

Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works in the days of steam locomotives; on the right the Fitting Shop with the Blacksmith’s Shop behind it. Locomotive “Elizabeth” with a rake of galley (iron ore) pans, passing under the pedestrian walkway over the ore crusher; Fitting shop side.  The mobile steam crane behind was “Jumbo”.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for the updating information.

More of Clay Lane!

This must be getting rather monotonous, but archives are sometimes!  This photograph is about 30 degrees right of the previous post and shows that there are three blast furnaces in this set – definitely Clay Lane – taken off wind and closed down after the big one at Redcar was blown in. All three had differing hearth diameters and produced per day varied. These three all ran under high top pressure – if you look closely at one and five you will count the three bleeders at the top – but if you follow the downcomer up you will notice a fourth smaller one. This arrangement allowed a higher gas flow rate without taking too much dust out. Neil Judson advised: “No 2 furnace did not have high top pressure.” Whilst Tony Bell tells us: “Your original facts were incorrect regarding hearth diameters, they were all different. Also production was 2 to 2.4 thousand tonnes a day with no.1 furnace and no. 3 furnace had high top pressure but was rarely used.”

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection, information courtesy of Robert Proctor, also thanks to Neil Judson and Tony Bell for the updates..

This is Clay Lane!

That big silo-type unit looks so familiar – it should do – it stood behind the left-most furnace of the three at Clay Lane steel works.

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection and thanks to Eric Johnson for confirmation of the location.


Steelworks Gloom

A gloomy shot of a distant blast furnace and the single one at Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works. The building on the right in the middle distance with the ”saw-tooth” roof would be the fitting shop, behind that is the Blacksmith’s Shop with the big extractor on the end chimney. Behind that is visible the Sinter Plant and the blast furnace of course is Number 5. Mike Robinson tells us: ”I am sure that the dark building in the foreground to the right of the railway lines is the corner of the timber store on the end of the joiners shop. We often had derailments outside.” Eric Trembath further assists with: ” Yes; that was the joiner’s timber store, the riggers department took it over when the joiners shut and we used it for storing wire slings and crane ropes until I retired in 2008. This building was always a sore point with the works manager but we managed to keep hold of it.”

Image courtesy of Eric Johnson, thanks to Mike Robinson and Eric Trembath for these updates.

What a Beauty!

Another proud locomotive crew (and some extras!) stand with their gleaming charge! The location is believed to be outside a Goods Shed between 1875 and 1883.  Geoffrey Allen advises us: ”The locomotive is an 0-4-4WT (Well tank) from the Edward Fletcher designed BTP (Bogie Tank Passenger) class and was new from Darlington Works in June 1877. The location is Loftus and one of this class was stationed at Carlin How shed for working the local passenger service. With the introduction of the O Class 0-4-4T’s between 1894 and 1901 many of the BTP’s were deemed surplus to requirements and as a lot of the loco parts could be re-used, 60 were rebuilt at York and Darlington works as NER 290 Class (LNER J77)0-6-0T’s. This loco number 1115 was rebuilt at York in December 1901 and was not withdrawn (as 68409) until the 6th of November 1959 from Hull Dairycoates shed when it was 82 years old!

Image courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection; with thanks Simon Chapman and Geoffrey Allen for the updates.

Construction at Skinningrove Iron and Steel Works

Based on a possible recognition of ”the buckets” in this image, it was wondered if this was the construction of the new road into the site; it was adjacent to the aerial rope-way and the stanchions remained as a lighting column after completion of the road. Now known to be the work undertaken by Wimpeys in August 1949.

Image and confirmatory information courtesy of the Pem Holliday Collection.

No. 5 Blast Furnace Construction

The Archive believed this was the building of No. 5 blast furnace and since confirmed by Eric Johnson; it looks strange without it’s clothes on!  Arthur Ormrod tells us: ”The tall cylinders then would be the ”Cowper stoves, in which cleaned blast furnace gas is burned and used to heat the incoming cold blast, which then leaves as hot blast. These regenerative heat exchangers were invented by Edward Cowper in 1857 and are still used in blast furnace plants today.” Half-way along this bank of units was a long pipe  ending in a thin rubber pipe and daily a sampling of the blast-furnace gas to test it for calorific value (among other things) was undertaken.

Many thanks to Eric Johnson and Arthur Ormerod for the updates.

Steam Crane Erecting Steelwork

Another unidentified image and this time from much earlier.  It appears to be the construction phase of an industrial plant, possibly a steel plant. A beautiful steam crane is being used. Help would be appreciated in trying to identify the period and hopefully the location.

There She Blows!

This is a classic shot! It evokes all the memories of what used to make Britain Great.  People who worked in Steel for years and looking at this image can still recall the thrill of tapping time on the furnaces at Skinningrove – once you’ve got Steel in your blood it never leaves you! They can feel the heat from the metal in front of the worker on the right and can still remember how cold their back used to feel, when standing and watching the fettling process as a furnace was tapped. Eric Johnson tells us: “The ‘mud gun’ (used to stop the flow of iron when tapping was finished) can be seen on the left; lit by the light from the molten iron.”  Above that and running like a band across the image is the ”bustle” which carried the blast furnace gas to feed the furnace.  The flag-like objects sticking up in the image were stoppers to stop (or allow) the flow of metal along the runners and into the pots.  One of them will be a skimmer used to divert any slag running on top of the iron into a slag pot.  This was no place for a stranger to the business – hot, gassy and easy to get in the wrong place! Arthur Ormrod advises us: ”A correction to the comments if I may.  The bustle carried the hot blast, preheated air, which was fed into the furnace through the tuyeres, the blast of the blast furnace.   Blast furnace gas, carbon monoxide, is collected from the top of the furnace, cleaned, and then used as a fuel in the works, including being burned to heat the hot blast.”

Many thanks to Eric Johnson and Arthur Ormerod for those updates.