Changeover Day at Billingham Station, 1967

These excellent photographs were taken by my cousin John Hardy on the day the old Billingham Station closed and the new one opened, Saturday 4 November 1967. The first three photographs showing the old station and the final one showing the very first train to stop at the new one. A little bit of railway history in the making.

t14696The first photograph shows the 10.36 Middlesbrough to Newcastle 6 car DMU service. According to the timetable this train boasted a miniature buffet car. Those were the days!

t14697In the second photograph we can see the arrival of the 11.40 service from Newcastle to Colchester train. The loco in charge is a Sulzer Type 4 (later class 47) No D1769.

t14698The third photograph shows this train in Billingham station. Note that no less than 3 members of staff are on the platform. The chap with the gold braid on his left sleeve is Mr Marshall the station master.

t14699The last photograph shows the very first train to stop at the new station. The loco pulling this is Sulzer Type 2 No D5149. The single carriage is called the ”Glass Carriage” by John as it contains the railway big wigs. They are here to inspect the new station before the common herd are let loose on it.

Photographs and details courtesy of John Hardy and Martin Birtle.

4 thoughts on “Changeover Day at Billingham Station, 1967

  1. I’ve recently come across this quote from the late Pete Postlethwaite who appeared in many productions at the Forum Theatre in the 1970s. Talking of coming to Billingham by train he says “Arrival on a cold Monday morning at that graffiti adorned railway station in the middle of nowhere”. He wrote this in the early 1970s about our wonderful new station.

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  2. From an era of grace and old fashioned service at stations to cold, concrete, featureless stations with no staff and open to vandalism – where did we go wrong or is it just the passage of old technology and the advent of the dreaded CAR. The loss of the great stations to the demolition man robbed us of the Victorian era that would now have preservation orders on them. It was short-sighted ministers and bean counters to blame for driving through the changes.

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    • After a short while the new station became unmanned a situation that remains today. So if you are elderly or someone with young children you struggle to access the new station. I’ve never quite worked out how they got away with this.

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