The Last Working Day, Stockton Railway Sheds c1959

t13289The last working day at Stockton railway sheds on the 31st May 1959. The gentleman to the right of the photograph (in the trilby and full length coat) is my late grandfather Tom Birtle. He worked at the Stockton sheds from 1920 until the final closure in 1959 he then spent the rest of his working life at the newly opened Thornaby sheds. For many years he and his family lived in the railway cottages at Norton.

Photograph and details courtesy of Martin Birtle.

24 thoughts on “The Last Working Day, Stockton Railway Sheds c1959

  1. Martin, I knew the Birtle family when they lived in the Railway Cottages at Norton Junction. Tommy was the one I new most as we went to the Frederick Nattrass School together. We would go down to the signal cabin near their house to watch trains from the cabin. Oh happy days!
    J.N.kidd.

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    • I feel I must mention Freddie Moiser he was a Chief Signals Inspector and passed many Signalmen in there exams. He and my Dad were at school together at Oxbridge Lane School and remained friends all their lives. He could tell some very funny stories of how to fool the word he was on his way around the signal boxes. I am sure most local LNER staff would know each other in those days.
      J.Norman Kidd.

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    • Hi, my husband worked at the shed in Stockton, his name was Geoffrey Ayre. He spoke about a Tommy, and others and going to the Dogs, when they had days off. Geoffrey was a stoker. Unfortunaley my husband passed away last year. Can you check if it’s the same Tommy.

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  2. My father Maurice Greenley transferred to Stockton shed as a fireman from Pickering in the early 1940s. He transferred to Thornaby and was supervisor when he left. I remember Mr and Mrs Birtle and their daughter Joan, my parents knew them well. I remember going to see the royal train when I was very small when it was parked up on the line near the cottages.

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  3. hello… the picture of the last working day at Stockton sheds, I think the fireman sat on the loco top left back row was my father Ron Gray he started at the sheds in 1947 then moved to Thornaby sheds sadly he passed away in 1967 aged just 41. It would be great if anybody remembered him.

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  4. Anybody out there knew of a James Benjamin Shevill would have been 30 years old in 1959. He was a fitter and also Denis Lishman. I would like a list and pictures of the men he worked with.

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    • Hi Ruth, I’ve been doing a bit of homework too, your Dad was the say age as my Dad Alan Stockdale born 1929, it’s was my grandad Albert Stockdale who worked as a fitter on the railway, but at the Shildon depot until 1961, best wishes.

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  5. Lovely to see my grandad Syd Bainbridge I spotted him straightaway, he liked talking about the trains when I was a child
    Vanessa Turner nee Bainbridge

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  6. 4th from right to left back row is my father Syd Bainbridge he transfered to motive power thornaby but was never same

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  7. I was trying to make out the number on the cab side of the loco (an ‘Austerity’ 2-8-0) and decided it was 90430. A quick check in my Ian Allan shedbook confirms that this was a Stockton engine at that time, so probably correct.

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    • My father was never same when Stockton shed closed his brother Jimmy Bainbridge and ther father William Bainbridge all worked there.

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    • Thanks for that got 2 of those plus other stuff from my days at north shore just after the shed closed, plus other stuff found from wandering around when I was book lad in 1960.

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      • I’ve just seen the prices for a recent sale of railwayana. One shedcode plate went for £1000 with the other making £2000. You could be talking about a pension fund here!.

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