Dorman Long Frames

I know Dorman Long is not Stockton but many Stockton residents were employed by this great Teesside company, including may late members of my family.

The photographs are part of on interest to illustrate lesser known Teesside achievements. Surprisingly there seems to be a number of Great Western Railway, Swindon built, steam locomotives that have DORMAN LONG, MIDDLESBROUGH frames, although many more frames from metal produced closer to Swindon, eg Port Talbot, Wales.

According to the internet this preserved engine No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall is a hybrid of the original No. 4965 and No. 4983 Albert Hall. The frames seem to be from the original No. 4965, and the boiler from No. 4983.

Photographs and details courtesy of Alan Boardman.

8 thoughts on “Dorman Long Frames

  1. Working on the Sydney opera house in 1986 I was crawling in a space near the roof pulling cables and noticed all the beams were stamped Dorman Long Middlesbrough. Brought back memories of working at BSC Lackenby as an apprentice.

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    • I was in Sydney in 2013 and just for a bit of fun I asked 6 locals if they knew who’d supplied the steel for their famous bridge. One thought it was Sheffield and the rest hadn’t a clue!

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      • I know what you mean Martin. My son-in-law, and his family live in Australia, and have done since the 1850’s. They had never heard of Dorman Long or Middlebrough. Forty odd years ago, when I was in the Merchant Navy, we were on a Communist Chinese charter, carrying wheat from NSW to China. We had a number of Australian crew from the Sydney area. They had never heard of Dorman Long, and had never been taught who had built the Sydney Harbour bridge at school.

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        • About 79% of the steel for the Sydney Harbour Bridge was imported from England. The rest was manufactured in Newcastle, NSW. The thousands of rivets used in the construction of the bridge were produced in Melbourne, Australia.

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    • There was the Bowesfield Sheet Works, as the name implies it was up Bowesfield Lane just under the railway bridge on the left hand side. Directly opposite was a brick works.

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