A view from the Cab c1980s

t11363 t11364 t11365These photographs were taken just south of Stockton Station soon after the station roof had been removed, probably on the Darlington to West Hartlepool diesel. The black vertical line in the pictures is the windscreen wiper. Scrapyards can be seen on the left hand side of the tracks.

When these photographs were taken it looks like the marshalling yard was still in use. But has anyone a recollection of a disused  electric loco being stored in the yard after WW II? Presumably this was from the days when there was an overhead dc line from Shildon to Newport.

If local plans had gone ahead, the line from Newcastle to York would have been electrified around 1915 and the rest of the North East and Teesside lines would have surely followed. This would have fitted in with Britain’s first large scale electricity grid (Teesside-Durham-Northumberland), which by 1922 incorporated the worlds most advanced power station, North Tees A.

Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.


10 thoughts on “A view from the Cab c1980s

  1. From Wikipedia
    “All A3 Pacifics were subsequently fitted with a double Kylchap chimney to improve performance and economy. This caused soft exhaust and smoke drift that tended to obscure the driver’s forward vision; the remedy was found in the German-type smoke deflectors fitted from 1960, which somewhat changed the locomotives’ appearance”


  2. Can some knowledgeable “steam buff” tell me why the newly built “Flying Scotsman” has “blinkers” i.e. smoke deflectors but the original L.N.E.R. No.4472 did not.


    • It’s not actually newly built, it’s the original locomotive (well, as much as a loco of that age can be termed ‘original’) which has been extensively restored. It’s had a double chimney fitted to improve performance and smoke deflectors to deflect smoke away from the main body of the loco and thus improve visibility from the cab. Both of those were modifications it carried later in life, in British Railways days, which I suspect is why it’s been repainted into British Railways livery initially rather than LNER Apple Green.


  3. The electric locomotive mentioned could have been one of the ten constructed in 1914 by the NER for use on the Newport to Shildon line. When this was de-electrified in 1935 most of these locos were stored until about 1950 when they were withdrawn from stock and scrapped. Some were scrapped locally,and it is possible that the one mentioned was due to be scrapped at a Stockton scrap dealers. One was rebuilt in 1941 with increased power,and allocated to Ilford carriage sidings, for shunting duties. The last one was scrapped in Darlington in 1951.


  4. I worked on railway in early 60s and first photo is a bit of a sad one, there was a signal box on left of engine cab almost in line with cab. While in almost the same position traveling to the Stockton marshalling yard we spotted the signal man rushing down the stairs of his cabin and heading toward a shunting engine and wagons. Later while in marshalling yard we heard a shunter had fallen under a wagon and lost a leg I always thought a bought that every time I past that spot Those shunters had a very dangerous job and I always thought how brave they were it was even worse in snow and ice


  5. Your disused electric loco question caused me to search, but I only found references to the Bowesfield Yarm Road works which eventually made electric locos because the partner’s site was still busy making steam locos.


  6. To the left on the first photograph is the offices of Seymour’s the fabrication company who’s works were further back down the dirt track. Next door to Seymour’s was Whaley Welding/Engineering offices with the entrance to the fabrication shop to the left of the Seymour’s offices, where I served my time. I have such happy memories of the people who I worked alongside all those years ago. Where are they now I wonder? Alan Tupling, Gordon Fox, Lenny Gill, Bob Thomas, Paul Richardson and his father Tommy, Geoff Bell, Clanger Clinton, Hughie Thompson, Eddie Harrison, Tommy Butler, George Walker, The list goes on and on as i remember all their names like it was yesterday


  7. Sad to see the decline of the station and marshalling yard. I recall passing Bishopton Lane signal box, when signalman came running down from box we took our wagons into marshalling yard then a short time later heard that a shunter had lost a leg when he slipped just in front of signal box – this was early 60’s.


  8. Alan Tupling can be seen elsewhere on this site in Newham Grange School football teams of 1953-54 and 1954-55. Hughie Thompson and Eddie Harrison played football for Norton C.C.T.,Eddie was a smashing lad but has now passed on.


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