Stockton Station c1961

t10129This photograph shows a train approaching Stockton Station in November 1961. The train had been diverted due to work being carried out on the east coast main line. The roof of the station can be seen clearly in this picture before. It was removed over safety concerns in the late 1970s.

Photograph and details courtesy of David P Williams.

6 thoughts on “Stockton Station c1961

  1. Stockton-on-Tees is my family’s hometown, my dad Ronald Murray remembers watching The Flying Scotsman and the Mallard race, and is always talking about it…when he was a kid he actually flogged the Oil Can off the Flying Scotsman and it’s still a talking point in our house. Would love to hunt down some old pic’s of these two trains and more of Stockton Station. Anyway, just wanted to share my story with you all.


  2. The picture shows an A3 locomotive approaching Stockton Station from the north. The bend in the tracks suggests that the original station was on the left, and the tracks from the new part of the station were bending round to join with the existing main line. If this is correct it would appear that the picture posted by David Summerfield was showing the rebuilding of the roof of the old station,and the construction of a new part of the station to the east, as he was suggesting.


  3. I think there were 4 platforms: 2 for the up and down main lines and 2 bay platforms. Both bays were at the north end of the station. There was a "middle road" between the through platforms for shunting parcels vans etc (you can see it coming off the points adjacent to the locomotive). There were up and down goods lines worked on permissive block around the back avoiding the station. Additionally, there was a route through the goods yard between Bishopton Lane and Stockton Bank signalboxes.


  4. Can anyone tell me how many platforms there were? Were any of them bay platforms and were they an avoiding line around the back of the station?


  5. How wonderful to see Stockton station as it used to be. I remember my grandfather taking me there on one occasion to see the ‘Flying Scotsman’ come through when engineering work was being carried out on the main line. I was terrified, the noise at it steamed through at great speed (at least to me) was terrific. Also, happy days getting the train from Stockton to Hartlepool where a days fishing brought great adventures on the old pier. When I now visit I am terribly saddened to see what was once a busy, grand structure reduced to it present state. Necessity and progress I suppose.


  6. The train is being hauled by an A3 locomotive belonging to the same class as “Flying Scotsman”. This one, 60091, carried the name “Captain Cuttle” and was built for the London and North Eastern Railway and was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley. The name “Captain Cuttle” was the name of a racehorse which won one or more of the English Classics and it was general practice for the LNER to name it”s express passenger locomotives after racehorses.


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