A Snow Scene in Co. Durham

Copyright photo by JM Boyes, courtesy Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust

On a sunny winter’s morning – Saturday 15 February 1969 – loco No. 7 (Hunslet 0-6-0T, works No. 3820 of 1954) is heading south at Burnmoor, with another train behind probably waiting for the road towards Junction Bank (the lines diverging to the right in this shot). Next to Burnmoor signal box the black and yellow stripes on a diesel loco can be seen – a sign of the times, as this was the last official day of steam working on the NCB Lambton System. A couple of steam locos did see service the following week due to diesel failures in the cold weather, but the steam operation then ended. No. 7 was transferred to Derwenthaugh and was scrapped there in October 1972.

Did You Know?

The worst railway accident in the area was the derailment at Goswick, south of Berwick, in October 1947, when 27 people were killed.