6 thoughts on “Steam Passenger Train, Redmarshall

  1. David Moody: I think you may mean 60005 “Sir Charles Newton”, a streamlined A4 Pacific locomotive, which was a long time resident of Gateshead Depot 1938- 1963. It was to be seen around Stockton, though A4 sightings – at least until the diesels began to take over C1960 – while not rare, were not as common as people think, unless they were on Sunday diversions from the main line via Darlington.Sir Charles Newton was a General Manager of the L N E R. Sir Nigel Gresley was a London (King”s Cross) engine for most of its life, finally ending its days prior to preservation in Scotland. “Sir Hugo” was a Gresley A3 Pacific, like “Flying Scotsman”, and a common visitor, again being a Tyneside engine 1924-64. Its name was taken from the winner of the 1892 Derby, many of the L N E R Pacific locos being named after racehorses, usually Classics winners.


  2. To Anon and Eric Collins, another train that has just sprung to mind from the late 50″s, early 60″s was the Sir Victor Hugo. Does this one ring any bells. I think this one, like the Sir Vincent Raven, was such a regular that it became a disappointment when it roared past. I can also remember seeing the A4 Pacifics Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Nigel Gresley quite often on the line at Roseworth. The Sir Isaac Newton went up and down the track one day without carriages at Roseworth near Harpers Garden Centre around half a dozen times, great times.


  3. Re: Eric Collins and David Moody. The A1 locomotive 60126 Sir Vincent Raven was indeed a “local” engine. Its home shed was Heaton (Newcastle) and as Heaton engines had several turns through Stockton it was a frequent and consequently rather unappreciated visitor by the spotters of the day. Two examples of trains it might be seen on in the 1950s were the 07.53 Sunderland -King”s Cross due Stockton C08.45, it varied slightly and the evening Bristol- Newcastle train at around 17.15 from Stockton, both of which were Heaton diagrams. In autumn 1961 with diesels knocking on the door it was transferred from Heaton to York, being withdrawn in early 1965 for scrapping. Also at Heaton with it for many years was its stablemate 60127 Wilson Worsdell, named, like 60126, after a former Chief Mechanical Engineer of the North Eastern Railway Company.


  4. David, yes there was a locomotive called “Sir Vincent Raven” it was an A1 pacific numbered 60126, designed by Arthur Peppercorn for the LNER but actually built by British Railways just after nationalisation 1948-9. I don”t know if it operated around here, but I suppose it is quite possible. This entire class of A1 pacifics was scrapped, but a brand new Peppercorn pacific is currently under construction at Darlington, to be called Tornado and numbered 60163.


  5. Eric, I read your comments and it brought back distant memories of my train spotting days in the late 50″s early 60″s with my Ian Allen train spotting book. I”m sure there used to be a train called the Sir Vincent Raven, which I used to see regularly on the line at Roseworth. Its that long ago, am I correct and do you or anyone else remember it.


  6. This shows the start of the four track section from Redmarshall Station to the diversion, at Stillington North, of the routes to (1)Ferryhill and (2)the Simpasture branch towards Shildon. The pair of right hand tracks formed part of the electrified route Shildon – Newport. The route went from Shildon to Simpasture Junction – Stillington North, along the section mentioned above, thence to Redmarshall South junction, along the “cuckoo line” to Bowesfield Junction and on into the yards at Newport. The electrical system was abandoned in 1935, the route reverting to steam haulage. The system was implemented by The North Eastern Railway and its progressive Chief Mechanical Engineer Sir Vincent Raven. He had plans to electrify the east coast main line between York and Newcastle, and had a prototype locomotive built for testing (numbered 13!). It ran several successful trials on the Shildon route, but plans for the mainline electrification came to naught because of the grouping of the railways in 1923, when the rich NER was incorporated into what was to be the impoverished LNER. Redmarshall Station was called Carlton by the NER, but was renamed by the LNER to avoid confusion with another Carlton Station somewhere in its empire.


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