18 thoughts on “Class K1 Loco No 62045, Billingham c1946

  1. it looks by the houses in the background as though this photo was taken coming down Stockton bank from Norton south nice photo though Ivan

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    • Can anyone identify the name of the road were the houses are or at least the estate as I don’t know my up lines from my down lines ?

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      • Not sure of the road name David could be Rochester or Romford but certainly Roseworth, photo took on what is now the Glebe and the train would be travelling on the up line to the next signal box which would have been Stockton bank in those days.

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        • Thanks Gordon. I used 3D on Google Earth and there are two sets of gable ends in Redbrooke Avenue on Roseworth which face onto the tracks and I’m pretty sure it must be either one of those in the photograph?
          The signal box is also shown as still being there. It must have been a little boys dream to have that at the end of your garden!

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          • Norton south is still there, Stockton bank is long gone, years ago a locomotive fireman lived in the house with the south in his garden, and Charlie used to let the signalmen park their motor bikes or bikes in a shelter he had built, somehow can’t see that happening nowadays, I think the above train is about half way down the bank towards Stockton bank signal box close to were the steps used to cross the railway.

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  2. just looked at the photograph in greater detail. This photograph was taken in BR days(after Jan 1948).The length of the cab side number seems too long for a LNER number,plus the rail wagons have a 50’s/60,s design. It could be a J27, because the cab front windows follow the line of the boiler.Some of the J26 class had similar widows,but most had round windows. The J27 class lasted longer than the J26, the last going in 1967. This photograph could have been taken in the 1960’s. Also this is not Billingham south sidings. Looks more like Stockton. Wrong caption perhaps?

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  3. Perhaps a mistake in the caption here? The loco in the picture is a J27 not a K1. The K1s did not enter service until 1949/50. Is the date perhaps 1960s?

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  4. This is not a K1,it is either a J26 or J27. If the date is right, probability would suggest a J26, because the whole class of fifty engines were shedded on Teesside. Newport had forty two of them.Built in 1904, they were still active until 1962, and were well liked locomotives. J27’s were very similar, with minor differences, built from 1908 until 1923,several were shedded on Teesside, but most were in the Tyne and Wear region. K1 2-6-0’s were built from 1949, so would not be seen in 1946, although the prototype K1 was built in 1945. This was a rebuild of Nigel Gresley’s K4, by Edward Thompson ,but no more were built until Arthur Peppercorn developed the class in 1949.

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  5. I don’t want to sound pedantic but I don’t think this is 62045. The silhouette is of a Q6, in my opinion, which was an 0-8-0 rather than 2-6-0. Just a thought.

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  6. This doesn’t /look/ like a K1. (Where are the outside cylinders?)

    Moreover, if the photograph was taken in June 1946 it most definitely was /not/ one.

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  7. I think something has gone wrong with the caption. The K1 was a 2-6-0, built in 1949 and this is an 0-6-0, probably a J26/27. Also locos in 1946 were still LNER and BR numbers were not introduced until 1949 so the date of the photo may have been 1956.
    Sorry, I spent too much time at Billingham station, train spotting.

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