I climbed up onto the railway embankment, which was about 25 feet high, following a cycle ride around Haverton Hill. It appeared that this stretch of the Clarence Railway was more or less disused at this time, not even a solitary waggon in the scene. Apparently, however, the line is still in existence, but has gone from four to two tracks. The Furness shipyards can be seen in the distance. There is a terrace of houses on the right that has now disappeared, but there are similar ones in existence nearby, which may be under a preservation order. The cooling towers belonged to ICI, I think, not to the North Tees power stations.
I hope when the bicentenary of the Stockton and Darlington is celebrated, the Clarence Railway, which did far more for Stockton and Billingham than the S&D ever did, is also given it full importance. Please note that the first proper Stockton station was just off Tilery Road on the North Shore Branch.
Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.