20 thoughts on “Stockton and Darlington Railway Ticket Office c1944

  1. The opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, was the catalyst for over one hundred engineering companies in the UK, to become involved in the manufacture of railway locomotives. Robert Stephensons pioneering success in Stockton on Tees, prompted an estimated 1000 companies worlwide to commence in this trade, with the outstanding achievmenet being the laying of the Trans-Continental Railway 1863/1869 from California to the East coast. Stockton and Middlesbrough, Teesside, did have a number locomotive engineers, details as follows.

    Fossick & Hackworth, Stockton
    Probably financed by George Fossick. Thomas Hackworth,. Founded in about 1838 and locomotive manufacture ended with retirement of Thomas Hackworth in 1865 when firm became Fossick & Blair and concentrated on marine engines.

    Gilkes Wilson & Co., Teesside Engine Works, Middlesbrough
    Locomotive manufacture began in 1847. Firm produced over one hundred locomotives for SDR. Firm founded by Edgar Gilkes with assistance of Isaac Wilson. In 1865 firm merged with Hopkins and Co and became Hopkins and Gilkes Ltd. 351 locomotives were constructed between 1847 and 1875 when locomotive production ceased.

    Head Wrlghtson & Co., Teesdale Ironworks, Stockton-on-Tees
    Formerly Head, Ashly and Co., the firm were general engineers built mainly vertical boiler locomotives during the 1860s and 1870s, some were supplied to the Londonderry Estates and used at Seaham Harbour.

    Johnson, C. G. and Co., Exchange Place, Middlesbrough
    Firm advertised as locomotive builders, but no evidence that any actual locomotive building took place.

    Neasham and Welch. Stockton-on-Tees
    One locomotive was supplied to the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1840: 27 Whitton Castle. Another (0-6-0) was supplied to the Clarence Railway.

    Richardson, Thomas and Sons, Hartlepool
    Locomotives were built between 1840 and 1857 according to Lowe. The firm was known as Richardson Bros. when first locomotives were built and in 1900 became Richardsons, Westgarth & Co and manufactured turbo-alternators and marine machinery. Lowe stated that relatively little is known about the locomotive output. Locomotives were supplied to the Hartlepool Railway, the Stockton & Hartlepool Railway and the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway. Ten were supplied to Robert Stephenson and Co. in 1846/7. Maryport and Carlisle Railway No. 11 (an 0-6-0) was supplied in 1850.

    Ridley, T.D. Middlesbrough
    Founded by Thomas Ridley. Firm eventually became Ridley Shaw and Co. Ltd, the firm constructed at least six outside-cylinder 0-4-0STs between 1899-1913. Lowe suggested that these were probably not completely new. Fig. 463: Clarence (WN13/1899) illustrated at Kent Works.

    Riley Bros., Middlesbrough
    One loco Vertical boiler 0-4-0T Wasp supplied to Wilson, Pease & Co. in 1890

    Robson and Taylor, East Yorkshire Ironworks, Middlesbrough
    There is no record of any actual locomotive construction.

    Tait Jas Jnr.and Partners, Middlesbrough
    Firm extensive rebuilding and repairing of locomotives and allocated works numbers for such work.

    The First Transcontinental Railroad (known originally as the “Pacific Railroad” and later as the “Overland Route”) was a railroad line built in the United States of America between 1863 and 1869 by the Central Pacific Railroad of California and the Union Pacific Railroad that connected its statutory Eastern terminus at Council Bluffs, Iowa/Omaha, with the Pacific Ocean at Oakland, California on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay opposite San Francisco. By linking with the existing railway network of the Eastern United States, the road thus connected the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

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  2. The March 1975 issue of the Railway Magazine, page 141, letters section, shows a photo of a claimed Stockton and Darlington Railway opening ticket. It was handed down through the family of a Shildon railway worker. It reads ‘STOCKTON & DARLINGTON RAILWAY. BRUSSELTON TO STOCKTON. FARE 1/- 27th September, 1825’. The printed ticket looks machine made, possibly due to the special occasion, but it seems odd they charged for the event. If Thomas Edmondson(1792-1851) invented the railway ticket machine in 1837, then the S and DR ticket pre-dates him by 12 years. So did someone local invent a machine made, printed railway ticket? The birthplace of Thomas Edmondson a building at Moor Lane, Lancaster carries a commemorative plaque ‘to the Inventor of the Railway Ticket Dating Press and Printing Machinery (1837-40)’. I used to work at Moor Lane, Lancaster, but also remember the ticket office and railway crossing above.

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  3. Scott – I am sure that people would like to help you fill in the blanks, but please tell us which periods of the building”s history you are seeking information about?

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  4. I am trying to put together a history of ticket office building, I have quite a bit of information from when it was first built and as it is used today. I would appriaciate if anyone could help me fill in the blanks. Thank You

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  5. The name of the pub opposite the first ticket office was indeed The Teessider but prior to that it was The Alexander – known locally as The Alec and behind the pub was J B Smith , Timber Merchant

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    • I used to live in JB Smiths timber yard and I’ve been searching for any photos on the yard or Bridge Road. If anyone has any, please let me know. Thanks.

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  6. Hi David i remember from when we at school together ! Hope your family are well?Your sister is Susan if remember right? The pub was the Teessider i think? What are you doing now David?

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  7. Yes it was the “Flying Dutchman” pub opposite Thornaby Town Hall. I remember going in there in 1966, to have a couple of pints before catching the train to Redcar for my weekly meeting with the then girlfriend. The pub had a nautical flavour including an old deep sea diving helmet and other bits and pieces such as fishing nets and a few lobster pots scattered around.

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  8. I”ve looked for “Flying-Dutchman” public house, none in my notes but I vagugely recall a pub of that name in Thornaby, opposite the Town Hall,on the corner of Station Terrace and Mandale Road with a sign of a sailing ship, keeling over in a strong wind. Now a trading estate of the Thornaby Triangle. Anybody out there can help ?

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  9. I think the Pub David Bull may have been refering to was The flying Dutchman, I could be wrong, I remember going in there as you could get served as an early teen and they had a bar football table in there.

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  10. My family used to live opposite this building in the 70s in the Smith”s Timber yard which backed onto the Tees behind the old dole office (I think) and the pub next door but one…can”t remember the name (unfortunately, even though we played in there as kids). The front door of the Smith”s offices looked out to the Stockston and Darlington line…or possibly the lines used to transport goods from the ships that used to dock next to the Victoria Bridge. Smith”s Woodyard buildings were haunted with several reports of deaths over the years and sightings whilst the buildings lay partially unused…except when we lived in the main offices which directly faced Bridge Rd…about three feet from the main road and opposite the ticket office. Would like to find any photo of the Smith”s woodyard buildings.

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  11. I don”t think this would be 1944. There are no adhesive strips on the windows, every one had to have them to stop flying glass if there were an explosion in the area.

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  12. The matter of passenger tickets for the Stockton & Darlington Railway is very vague in the early years with “tickets” sold either from designated inns or from the guard once on the train (sounds familiar!). Also the first record of actual tickets used on the S&D was in 1835 – ten years after the railway opened. The name of Ticket Office in connection with this building probably applies to the weigh-tickets used in the adjoining mineral yard to the west of the building and of which some remains can still be seen.

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  13. The claim that this was the first place to sell passenger tickets has never been validated. At that time, rail tickets would have been sold in the local Inns, in keeping with the practice of the stage coaches which arrived at, and departed from, these Inns.

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  14. I found this quote interesting… ” ..The adaption of rail-ways to speed was never, we believe, thought of till the opening, in September, 1825, of the celebrated Stockton & Darlington rail-road, a work which will for ever reflect honour on its authors, for the new and striking manner in which it practically demonstrated all the advantages of the invention… ” The Observer, 25th April, 1830.

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  15. The plaque reads: Here in 1825 the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company booked the first passenger thus marking an epoch in the history of mankind. Sounds like they booked passengers out from here to me.

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