‘Blacketts Brickworks Bridge’ railway branch was built off the loop line which ran from Norton round to the south part of ICI. This branch crossed Lustrum Beck over a very roughly built bridge which carried both the single line of railway and a roadway into Blacketts Brickworks in Portrack.
To give a continuous gradient the rail track was at a much higher level than the road. Even so the gradient was quite steep, which may be a reason why it was hardly ever used. For long periods one would see a couple of trucks stuck on the line. The road was just a farm track which ran along the railway towards Danby Road. The yellow loading crane in the photograph was part of a short lived attempt to construct a Freightliner terminal at this point in the late sixties.
Photographs and details courtesy of Fred Starr.