Engineering work on the railways today causes much discussion, but obviously it is not a new thing. The photographs show what used to happen in the 1960’s to avoid bus replacement. If the line was blocked in the Stockton area trains could be diverted from Norton to avoid Stockton station. They would take the Redmarshall line at Norton East and then after reversing at Redmarshall, they took the freight only line to Bowesfield where after another reversal they travelled onwards to Eaglescliffe and points further south.
These two photographs show one of these ‘top and tailed’ workings passing the rear of Grangefield Grammar School. The locomotives are class 40 diesel electrics nos.D399 and D274. Taken 1st November 1964.
Photographs and details courtesy of Garth McLean.