Loco shunting at St.John’s Crossing c1964

t15391Diesel shunter no. D3151 shunts wagons at St. John’s Crossing, which was where the railway line that went down to the quay, crossed Bridge Road, Stockton. It was also where the original terminus of the Stockton & Darlington Railway was. It is recognised by a plaque on one of the nearby buildings. Taken 28 November,1964.

Photograph and details courtesy of Garth McLean.

Thornaby Station Approach

t15253Although this photograph was probably taken in the mid-eighties, I don’t remember it being very different from when I used to commute to the various Dorman Long sites around South Bank, Cleveland Works and Warrenby, although at that tine Warrenby was run by BISRA (British Iron and Steel Research Association). What was the Embassy Club and was there any special reason for the pedestrian overbridge?

Photograph and details courtesy of Fred Starr.

Teesside Airshow c1976

Military Aircraft taken during the 1976 Airshow at Teesside Airport.

Photographs taken by Tony Whelan, courtesy of Nick Whelan.

Arrowsmith’s Removal Business

t15240This photograph was taken opposite the Red Lion in Norton. Frank Arrowsmith is on the left, 2nd from the right is Mr Featherstone. He used to give us a ride back down to Maple Avenue, Thornaby when we were kids. Arrowsmith’s shop is still going in Stockton, just near the station, it’s ran by Franks grandson. I bought Franks garage in Yarm in 1973.

Photograph and details Derek Brittain.

R Durham & Sons, Skip Wagon c1960s

t15213When I was growing up in Billingham in the 1950s there were a number of companies that were well known, ICI and The Shipyard (Furness) of course and to a lesser degree British Titan, amongst the smaller firms.

‘Robbie’ Durhams was also well known, very likely this is because there were very few vehicles on the road at that time, cars were rare and commercial vehicles rarer still, we did get visited by Marshalls’ bread van, Rossis’ ice cream van and the Co-op coal wagon but that was it, our fruit was delivered by horse and cart by Maddrens’ and even the Council maintenance team pushed a two wheel cart around the estates repairing pavements and replacing broken windows.

The vehicle is a KV model, these were introduced in the mid 1950s and produced until the mid 1960s, the earlier models had single headlights, the twin headlights were introduced in about 1960, this dates the photo to the early 1960s, the wagon is obviously brand new and fresh out of the paint shop, it doesn’t even have a registration plate and the gloss is so high the photographer can be seen reflected in the paintwork.

Image and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.