The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway are holding their second survey walk and social meeting on Wednesday 26 June, meeting at Allens West Junction at 6pm and as ever, all are welcome to come along. We will be walking along Durham Lane to The Cleveland Bay, the worlds first railway pub and it’s original name gives a clue and it will be revealed on the night !
We will be passing the original station keepers house next to Allens West and also the S&DR agents house with it’s distinctive D13 plaque still in place.
Light refreshments will be available and a model of the 1825 Yarm Depot will also be on display.
I too couldn’t be there on the night but here are some notes from the Facebook page of The Friends of the Stockton and darlington Railway with thanks to Andrew Stoves;
“There was a great turnout earlier this evening for the S&DR Yarm Branch Line survey walk led by Barry Thompson. We had a wonderful evening thank you Barry. The weather was perfect. Dawn, Graham and I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Thank you also to Bill Ramage for bringing his fabulous Yarm Depot Layout (If that’s the correct description) and his informative talk. Plus thank you to the Cleveland Bay ~ The FIRST Railway Pub in the World for their hospitality and refreshments.”
A fuller report and photos can be found on the Facebook page and you don’t have to be a member to view it ; https://www.facebook.com/groups/304912612980375/about/.
The third and final walk in the series takes place next Wednesday, 3 July, details here;
So hot on the heels of our second walk comes our third (and final, for now, at least) walk, which as usual is part of the Digital Village project.
This time, we’ll be guided by Robin Daniels of Tees Archaeology who will be walking us through his work / findings along the former S&DR track-bed as it passes through the grounds of Preston Park.
We’ll be finishing with the usual social – this time at Locomotion (formerly The Sportsman) near Eaglescliffe Station.
Our first (rain-affected) walk attracted 20 walkers, our second attracted 26. It would be great to continue this increasing trend.
A special mention of thanks to Laura of Picture Stockton who has now become a steam railway enthusiast by default!
I wish I could have been on this walk, unfortunately too far away and other things in the diary that day. I hope an account of the walk appears here for those of us who missed it.
I did wonder if you would make the journey David being the knowledgeable Railway enthusiast you are. Still you can always come and travel round the district on a Pacer almost as old as the Railway itself.
We are told we are getting new trains “Err” not exactly they would appear to be Pacer’s from the Newcastle area refurbished, par for the course as Teesside does not appear on the map.
“Oh well” we still have the NYMR, I can remember my thousands of miles of rail travel on real trains usually starting from Stockton Station now a mere shadow of the Cathedral to travel it once was.
Memory is what we lived and you had plenty of Railway in Railway Street with all the bustle of the Northern Line servicing the many factories we once had. Probably best keeping those memories and not seeing what it became.
Aside, Has Brenda Moved yet.