Unknown c1964

t15422This photograph was taken on the afternoon of August 15,1964. It is outside the Queens Hotel (now demolished) which was next to Stockton Station. Every time I see it I wonder what became of the young driver. He will now be in his late 60’s early 70’s. Can anyone help me to trace or identify him?

Photograph and details courtesy of John Waller.

7 thoughts on “Unknown c1964

  1. That brings back some memories, some of them quite painful, but mostly great. We lived at Browns Bridge in the 60’s which was built for such a great machine with every Close being on a bank. Our bogie had bigger wheels at the back, probably from an old pram, and the usual string steering wheel. Braking was done by applying your best baseball boots (The Black and White ones with the rubber decal on the side) to the ground with ever increasing pressure until you either stopped or crashed (a regular occurrence) into the fence that stopped you from steaming on to the flood banks at Lustrum Beck. The only down side as far as I can remember was explaining to my mam how I had wrecked yet another pair of shoes.

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  2. The trucks that were pulled up and down the inclined cableway in the clay pit in Blacketts, that lay between Portrack and Tilery, were also referred to as bogies.

    If we were in a mischievous frame of mind, we would unhitch the bogies and allow them to run down the narrow gauge track to cuase complete havoc. The trucks were so massively built it was impossible for them to be actually destroyed.


  3. Not one of the lads if you didn’t have a decent bogie. I seem to remember sometimes getting pushed from behind with a big pole to get the speed up. Great fun that cost nowt and not a safety helmet in sight.


  4. Definitely not me, but it’s recalled that from the late 1950s until the early ‘sixties, I and friend Michael Brown built and ‘footed’ along very similar contraptions from pram & pushchair wheels/axles and spent very much time on construction, testing and modification. We referred to our transports of delight as “bogies”. The steering part of Michael’s machine had been a toilet seat and even had sprung suspension. Michael named his machine ‘Yuri Gargarin’ after the Russian astronaut, whilst mine became Alan Shepherd (his USA counterpart). there was another boy John Dixon who even had one with four back wheels. The longest journey made on these might have been Eaglescliffe to Stockton & back – some 8 miles – taking most of a day. Wishing to form a company, we conjured up the name “Bogiways” (no “e”). Wonder if the young man here went into transportation for his living?

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    • Thanks for your memories Colin, nice to hear about your adventures. Your memories of Yuri Gargarin and Alan Shepherd strike a chord. Kind regards, John.


      • Looks exactly like the bogie my friend John Persians and myself built in the late 40’s, we had a piece of rope attached to the axle on either side of the plank at the front with a bolt through from the middle of the plank to allow the front wheels to turn and allow us to steer. Happy days with simple pleasures and not a car in sight where we lived in Park field.


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