8 thoughts on “Yarm Railway Station

  1. I remember in the 1950s before we owned a car, a day out for a picnic on a Sunday was to catch the Crowes bus to Osmotherly (actually it stopped at Clack Lane End and you had to walk up the bank into the village) and then continue on to Sheepwash past the newly constructed dam and reservoir. Later we would continue on to Swainby to catch a Crowes bus back to Stockton. Another trip we made was to go direct to Swainby and walk up into Scugdale, especially at the time of the year when the bluebells were in flower. I dont know how they ran the service, but I seem to remember one bus ran to Osmotherly via Yarm and Crathorne and the Swainby bus followed the same route as far as Crathorne, then it continued to Swainby via Hutton Rugby. On some occasions (probably at off peak times) I also remember having to change coaches at Crathorne.


  2. George, thanks, I’ve looked up Crowe Brothers and I’m sure you’re right. They operated a service from Stockton to Osmotherley via Yarm, and a picture of their two coaches seems to tie in with my recollections.


  3. Martin, it’s possible that the single deck bus/coach that you mentioned might have been operated by Crowe Brothers from Osmotherly. At the time that you mentioned they used to run a service into Stockton on Market days and their coaches were cream coloured with, I think, brown lettering.


  4. In the mid-1950s, my family travelled from our holiday digs at Saltburn to Osmotherley. In those car-less days, this involved catching one of the few trains that stopped at Yarm (probably the 12.50pm ex-Middlesbrough), and then changing at Yarm to a single deck bus/coach, complete with conductor, for the onward journey to Osmotherley. I don’t think the bus could have been Stockton Corporation (I recall it as light in colour), but I would be interested to know who did operate the service and where its starting point would have been. Yarm station closed on 4th January 1960, the same day as Picton, and this left Brompton as the only station to survive between Northallerton and Eaglescliffe, with just one train stopping in each direction until its eventual closure in 1965. It is good that there is now a railway station back at Yarm, though in a different location, and a more regular service to York and beyond than I imagine the old Yarm station ever saw!


  5. Alec Bretherton used to have the coal yard at Yarm station. I can still remember picking a parcel up from the station with my parents when it was still open. After it closed the the ticket office was rented out to Raper civil engineers and Langbaurgh press printers. I worked at both carrying out electrical work when I left school.


  6. Cliff Thornton is spot on about the reason for Cec Parkin being dropped by Yorkshire after one appearance. Yarm Station geographically being in Eaglescliffe.
    Lancashire did well to recruit him as he often terrorised or bamboozled Yorkshire’s batsmen especially in a 1919 Roses match when he took 14 wickets in the 2 innings at just over 10 runs a wicket. He was a very inventive off spinner. He was similar to George Brook who played for Stockton in the early 50’s when he was also groundsman.
    For a few years before WW1 he played for Church & Oswaldwhistle as a professional several times collecting more than 100 wickets in a season.
    Cec Parkin was already 34 when he came to 1st class cricket. In 1924 he was Wisden’s Cricketer of the year!


  7. Many years ago my father told me that a famous cricketer had been born in one of the railway houses at Yarm Station. This was in the days when Yorkshire Cricket Club would only field cricketers who had been born in the county.
    He had played in one game for Yorkshire when somebody told the club that Yarm Station was actually north of the River Tees and therefore not in Yorkshire but in Durham.
    I believe that this cricketer was Cec Parkin who went on to play 157 games for Lancashire as well as in 10 Tests for England.


  8. Yarm station closed to passenger traffic in early 1960, though goods traffic was possibly later. So much of interest here, typifying a rural station. The coal drops with a coal wagon on them and nearby the goods shed, the sidings for unloading and loading of merchandise or perhaps sometimes cattle and all controlled by the signal box. Now just history. The express is hauled by an unidentified Gresley A4 streamlined Pacific locomotive.


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