Steam loco working on the quayside, Stockton

t15389Sentinel steam loco ‘Gradwell’ heads towards the exchange sidings at St.John’s Crossing having shunted at the quay. I believe all this area is now the dual carriageway of Riverside Road. Taken 5th October 1963.

Photograph and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

17 thoughts on “Steam loco working on the quayside, Stockton

    • Hello Ken, yes I do remember John Sidebottom together with Sam Robinson, Doug Todd, Alan Jones, Bob Balfore, Brian Burrows, Albert Rouse. I don’t unfortunately know what happened to any of them. I don’t recognise your name Ken, were you connected with Moat’s?


        • Hello again Ken, I worked at Moat’s from 1962 till 1968 and at the time there were about 25 employees and I knew the names of all of them but, I don’t recall your name. Do you recognise the names Cecil McCormack the showroom manager, Dot Robinson, Dot Holmes, Graham Austin, Fred Clamp, Angela Seymour, Glenda Jackson. I think the Colin you refer to was Colin Taylerson.


          • The names Cecil McCormack and Dot Holmes are very vaguely familiar but after 55yrs the memory plays tricks on you. For some reason the names Tony King and a cleaning lady called Charlotte strike a chord .Sadly I realise that lot of the names mentioned will be no longer with us. Shame.


  1. In 1963 when this picture was taken I had recently left school and had started working at Henry Moat’s who’s main building was in Wharf Street adjacent to Bridge Road which was just up the bank from this building. Henry Moat was a builders merchant and this building on the quayside was Moat’s storage wharehouse, and one of the products which they stored in this wharehouse was fibreglass insulation. I remember with not much pleasure that on a regular basis we would receive a full furniture removal size van full of hundreds of rolls of insulation and another young recruit like myself by the name of Malcolm Brown were given the not so pleasurable job of having to off load these hundreds of rolls of insulation. Bearing in mind that in those days there where no mechanical aids like forklift trucks like there are today it was a slow, boring, not to mention physically difficult job for two sixteen year olds. Needless to say once the van had been off loaded and departed and before we started to stack the insulation in the wharehouse we would drag out the task by standing on the rivers edge at the back of the wharehouse watching the activity on the river and throwing stones at a tin can we had floated on the surface. We would drag out the job until someone from the main building would come down and tell us to get a move on.
    As for the name “Atom” it is a derivative of Moat which the company used often.
    O happy days?


  2. Garth McLean is a vaguely familiar name to me. Are you a distant relation? I’m Stella Rodgers, parents Len and Doris Rodgers, grandparents Rhoda Monica Parker married to Charles Rodgers.


    • Hello Stella, Although your name does not ring a bell, my dad’s sister (Nora McLean) was friendly with a Mrs.Rodgers. We used to live on Grangefield estate and my parents later moved to the Glebe estate, Norton, if that is of any help.


  3. The Bungalow style building behind the loco was the marking off shop for Quayside Engineers, it was where I would load steel into the building with the mobile crane. We could not get the big crane in there but we had a small crane with a jib on the front and with a bit of fiddling could get the steel in the shop. The trouble was it was a ramp down from the road level and with a heavy load on the front often went down the ramp with the back wheels barely touching. If we had started to unload a truck and the loco came along they had to wait and some choice words exchanged, it never got to the point where they threw coal at me but close. They got their own back by parking a line of trucks across the doorway and the track being narrow at that point I could not pass.
    Quayside Engineers I think closed in 1955 and that must have been when Moats took over but Atoms? Moats mixed up a bit but could have been true.
    I am sure it was the other Loco back when I was there. Number 6 ? again I am not certain of that not being a railway buff and usually exchanging words with the crew took my mind off the big steamy thing which I would call a kettle as in shift that tea maker or I will ram my jib down its stack.
    All a long time ago yet although the work was heavy we sang and laughed a lot, I wonder if they do today.


  4. I remember this area very well as a child and a teenager always something to see as a child I can remember walking from in my home in Thornaby with my mam to Stockton market we would always cut through this area so I could see the the docks ships and steam the locomotives, good times


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