5 thoughts on “Billingham Railway Station c1964

  1. I seem to remember, the reason given for building the new station where it is, was the expectation of Billingham expanding, so that the old station would be on the periphery of the town. But this was strange, as at that time, mid 1960’s, most building work, east of Marsh House Avenue, had finished, and building was concentrated West of the A19 or at the North end of Marsh House. It gave British Railways, the chance to close the old station, which having two platforms, with waiting room’s, was uneconomical, requiring too much maintenance. This was typical of B.R in the 60’s. Unable to come up with any original idea’s to compete with road transport, their dogma was to either close the station’s, or make them unattractive to commuters, who would go over to other means of transport, and thereby give B.R a good reason to close the station. The North Eastern Railway built some beautiful stations, very few of which remain, away from the Main line (look at Stockton). I remember Derrick, the porter at the old station. He must have moved over to the new station. He was there in June 1967, and helped me with my cases, off the train, but he soon went as well, what happened to him?.

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    • Places such as Horden and Blackhall also had NER railway stations. I seem to recall that in the early 1960s there was a royal visit to the area which would see the Queen travelling on the Durham coast line. Because of this stations like Horden and Blackhall were spruced up with a coat of paint despite their closure dates having already been announced.

      Would HRH really have been upset by a few weeds and broken windows ?.

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  2. This picture brings back happy memories. Train spotting during the 1950’s and early 60’s. Sitting in the waiting room, with the coal fire burning, when it was freezing. Waiting for the express on cold winter nights. Would it be ” Streak or a Blinker” or perhaps an A3 or V2. Streamliners or Streaks became more common after 1958, when mainline diesels started to displace them, off the East coast main line. I remember the green area, near to the access path leading to Lunedale Road, being on fire many times, from cinders thrown out by J26 or J27’s or perhaps Q6’s. During 1963 and 64, I used to stand on the platform about 7-30 weekday mornings, waiting to go to college in South Shields, and still interested in Loco’s, although not as many steam loco’s by then. Why did they have to move to Marsh House?. Soulless, and remote.

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    • The new station was manned for a few months and that was your lot. How elderly people or those with young children are supposed to access the island platform is beyond me. The steep steps are simply a challenge too far.

      To add insult to injury the ”waiting rooms” often seem to be mistaken for toilets .

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  3. I remember the waiting room with the fire place and people on the platform whiting for the steam train to Whitley Bay and as a kid we stand on the bridge and get black soot in our face from the steam train this is early 1960.

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