By Billingham Beck Valley – The first photograph (with the long line of trucks) was taken in 1964. The loco is 63347 and it is pulling the daily Coxhoe to Steetley Magnesite train. This train ran every day except Christmas day. Nice views of Billingham Beck Valley on either side of the railway tracks.
Under Billingham Bridge – In the second photograph, Q6 63437 has just passed under the road bridge with a run rounder. This can be dated precisely to 14th June 1966. Despite the fact that steam locos were on their last legs by then there is still a lonely train spotter sat next to the bridge.
Photographs courtesy of John Hardy, details courtesy of Martin Birtle.