16 thoughts on “Stockton Station 1976.

  1. A slim Book Law publication ‘Steam Memories-North East Scrapyards’ likely Vol.2, has a very brief section on Thomson’s scrapyard at Stockton. Oddly it contains a photo of this Hymek, plus rows of condemned trucks and the distant scrapyard, taken from the top of the Phoenix Sidings footbridge on a bleak day. The books description of the Hymek agrees with my Anon comment of 24/05/07 and other comments on this thread.

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  2. David, If you are interested there are two views of the gasworks bridge on this site; id=4838 and also 1970s photos of the Phoenix Sidings footbridge seen in the background of this image; id=5498 I hope this helps.

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  3. Gerard the very long bridge you are speaking about on the Turks Head side of the station, close to the gas works is no longer there. In this picture you can see it faintly left side between the wagons and the station. Kids loved to use that bridge as it was so long. It could be seen from Durham Road, behind the Rocket pub (which is also no longer there).

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  4. I remember viewing this loco from the iron bridge on my way to school at Mill Lane juniors, age 9 years old. The following weekend I and a couple of train spotters went through a gap in the fence and cabbed this Hymek – how cool to see a photo of it on here. Those were the days when train spotting was fantastic.

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  5. Kevin I am sorry it has taken so long to answer your point. Anyway I can say you are quite right about the Iron Bridge. The one I meant was the one much further back along spanning the old goods transfer yards.This construction used to start about level with the “Turks Head” Flats and then it continued right across all the marshaling yards.I must have passed under it hundreds of times whilst on the Train and pulling in or out of Stockton Station.During the mid 1980s I left the area and I got around the World a hell of a lot,from Australia to Africa to Asia and back to Europe.I noticed when I returned that a lot of the great sights from the old Industrial Teeside had all but vanished.The things included the Swan Neck Cranes of Smiths Dock at Port Clarence and this old Gem of a Footbridge. I have missed these now long gone structures to our areas greatness,and I try to photograph as many things as I can.Things like the Transporter bridge and the Newport Bridge.I wish to photograph as many of these as I can because as I have found to my cost the more taken for granted they are then they are more likely to vannish one day.

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  6. i was 10 at the time and crossing the bridge with my mam to go shopping early morning spotted the loco. later i told my uncle who said i must be wrong. all the local lads cycled to stockton and i was proved right. chances are i was first in area to see it. picture brings back lot of child memories.

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      • I lived in Roseworth at this time and remember the Hymek. A load of us who were avid train spotters went down a few nights on the trot and climbed in it went through the engine room etc. It was a novelty, as it was the only one I’d seen out side of a numbers book, until I relocated to Somerset in 2010, where there’s two preserved in original livery on the Somerset Heritage Railway.

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  7. Kevin, you are correct the old iron bridge is still there. I was in Stockton a month or so ago and went to see if the bridge was there. It was a favourite haunt of mine when I was a kid. My gran lived down the road in Bute Street many years ago. You cannot get to it from Dixon Street now as it is cut off by the school field. I got to it from the end of Wellington Street.

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  8. Gerald – I was annoyed at missing it too, and thought it might just be a trainspotter legend until seeing the photographic evidence on this site. But surely you are mistaken about the iron bridge being long gone? It is still there on the Google image. Granted, these pictures are a couple of years out of date.

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  9. I saw 7011 at Sheffield but the real tragedy is me and my mates missed this one??.I don”t know how this happened but we did,of course there were no Mobile Phones in those days so the local grapevine was not as loud or informative as it is now.However living in Hartlepool at the time we (I) should have copped this beauty.I see the old Roof is still intact on the Railway Station and the old Iron Bridge to cross the lines is still there,now of course long gone like the Hymek.

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  10. D7089 was scrapped at Thomsons- but just to put the record straight D7011 finished its days in Sheffield- I use to see it going across to Manchester to Doncaster in about 1976 to catch Deltics to York!

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  11. This Locomotive is indeed a Western Region Hymek Hydraulic Locomotive,and it was at Thompsons for scrapping. It caused a sensation with Railway enthusiasts at the time, as it was the first and only time a Hymek had been seen this far North. I believe this this was possibly the only Hymek to have been scrapped outside the Western Region.

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  12. The locomotive appears to be Beyer-Peacock (Hymek)Manchester Ltd Type 3, BR number D7089, works serial 7993, built in August 1963, which survived a bit longer than its brothers as coaching stock pre-heating unit TDB 968005, finally withdrawn in 1975. Its worksplate sold for 800 pounds in 2005. This diesel-hydraulic locomotive is waiting to enter Thomsons scrapyard at Stockton. T.J. Thomson and Son Ltd,(NOT- Thompson), metal merchants, moved to Stockton in 1932 where they now have a 55 acre site. The firm was originally established in Middlesbrough in 1871, but has been owned by the Turner family since 1928. See T.J. Thomsons web-site for a more detailed history of their operations.

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  13. Clearly a withdrawn Class 35 HYMEK diesel- hydraulic from the Western Region waiting to enter T.J. Thompsons (right spelling?)scrapyard south of Stockton station for cutting, possibly 7089 from 12/75.

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  14. Actually, this photo is not quite what it seems. All of the vehicles, including the locomotive, are awaiting scrapping at nearby Thompsons scrapyard. The loco is a British Railways Western region class 35 “Hymek” and thus a long way from home. I can”t remember it”s number, but I”m sure one of the many train spotting regulars on this site can supply it! It was the only example of it”s type to be scrapped in Stockton.

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