Trains on Stockton Bank c1960s

t14864 t14865 t14866Stockton Bank was also the name of the signal box at the exit of the marshalling yard. I would not be allowed to take such photographs today with health and safety; I was fortunate in those days to possess a lineside pass which allowed me access to the lines.

The first photograph is of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ on the ‘Pegler’s Pullman’ special from Doncaster to Edinburgh on 9 May 1964.

The second photograph is of a freight train passing the signal box hauled by 43100 taken on 28 October 1965 heading towards Stockton.

The third photograph is of a Peak class diesel no.D183 also on 28 October 1965 passing the ‘box’ with a southbound passenger train.

Photographs and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

6 thoughts on “Trains on Stockton Bank c1960s

  1. Thursday 28 October 1965 the Gateshead ‘Peak’ on the morning 1M67 Newcastle- Liverpool via the coast route express usually arriving in Stockton around 11 am.
    Train spotting was restricted at the top of the path by the entrance to Stockton Bank signal box as the view from Stockton was nil due to the box being in way, but there was a good view the other way up to Norton South Junction. It was best to spot in the wasteland between the box and the houses as you could see the signals go up at North Shore well before Stockton Bank thus you had good warning that a train was coming, and could play football on the rather rough ground.
    Most lads preferred to watch trains and play on the Roseworth side between the new bridge and Norton South Junction as the ground was more suitable for football and games, especially on weekend diversion days when dozens of lads could turn up.

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  2. Pegler’s Pullman 9/5/64, a means of getting 4472 from its base at Doncaster to Edinburgh for a special run in Scotland the following week and for it to be painted crossing the Forth Bridge by the artist Terence Cuneo. Alan Pegler owned 4472.
    The outlet onto the down line with the catch points as a safeguard reminds me of Stockton B1 61018 Gnu becoming derailed there in 1957. The points protected the outlet from the yards to the down main line and can be seen in the photos of 43100 and the diesel on 1M67 Newcastle – Liverpool train.

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  3. Great photos Garth pity you hadn’t got the full shot of Stockton bank they are very rare, worked this box in 1967 was a bit of a dump really well past its shelf life but brings back some great memories can even see Conroys pigeon loft in the background.

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    • Gordon, I am as disappointed as you that the ‘box is not in shot but in those days I was just a schoolboy taking pictures and not giving much thought to the composition. It would be a bit different today and quite a rare shot with a ‘real’ signal box in it.

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      • Don’t be disappointed, Garth, these are great photos full of memories, I also wish in the 50 years I spent in signalling I had taken more photos of all the boxes I worked, both inside and out, and collected more momentoes of things that seemed commonplace at the time but are rarities now. Still as I say I have some great memories, well done Garth.

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        • I always remember Phil McAndrew a relief signalman, talking about Stockton Bank box, while changing over shift’s in other signal boxes in later years, it seems that he spent a lot of time in there, and I can always remember the area to the access at Norton was always known as the white gate to the locals, this use to be a five bar tubular gate, painted white and this is where I often use to see 43100 nearly every morning about 08.30 am while on my way to school while working a Hartlepool freight heading towards Tees Yard, I use to sit on the top bar of the gate and you could see trains coming down from Norton South after they had shut of steam rounding the curve form Norton East.

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