Newcastle to Liverpool Express at Cliff House

Photo by John M Boyes, copyright Armstrong Railway Photographic Trust

This month’s photo shows some “vintage traction” (not what it was called then…) passing the steelworks at Cliff House, just south of West Hartlepool. The locomotive is a BR 1Co-Co1 “Peak” (later class 45) with a Newcastle to Liverpool service which has run via Sunderland. John Boyes took the photo in September 1967. Although steel trains still run from Hartlepool, the vast South Durham Steel & Iron Company works seen here have long since been demolished.

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