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.
The 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.
The 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.