8 thoughts on “Eston Station

  1. I can see where the rail line associated with this station joined the main Middlesbrough to Guisborough line at Flatts Lane but I believe there also was another line down to the main line. This may have been situated at the foot of the three inclines near California Road – is there any evidence of this today? And were the two lines linked or was it more of a case of competing local rail companies, that used to happen in those days?

  2. Matthew, you’re referring to the Eston Branch Railway which ran from the Eston Mines down to Eston Junction / Branch End.
    That was purely for ironstone and not passengers.

    http://www.communigate.co.uk/ne/cardboardcity/page39.phtml

    You can still see the enbankment running across the fields behind Whale Hill and Caedmon Schools then alongside Church Lane and under the bridge here.

    http://www.hidden-teesside.co.uk/2009/02/13/pikelet-wall-grangetown/

  3. The original Eston station was at the junction of the mines branch & passenger trains were I think run on the mines branch.

  4. Richard could be correct there, I have nothing to backup my statement that it was just for ironstone. Will trawl some books tonight.

  5. Richard has tracked down the info for me, the Eston Branch was used by passengers despite being a mineral railway.

    In 1865 a Saturday night train was running to Middlesbrough (no Parmos then though)
    In 1875 four market trains on Saturday in each direction were running to Middlesbrough.

  6. didn’t Eston branch go across Flatts lane and then north crossing Normanby/Ormesby road where the foot bridge is now, going past Smiths Dock Park, under the “Trunk” road, under Middlesbrough road South Bank and then pick up the Middlesbrough to Saltburn line ?
    You can still see the rail building that was on the crossing
    http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=eston&hl=en&ll=54.554523,-1.154788&spn=0.001204,0.005493&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=10.052108,28.256836&vpsrc=6&hnear=Eston,+Middlesbrough,+Redcar+and+Cleveland,+United+Kingdom&t=h&z=18

    • The line which crossed Flatts Lane was the Normanby Branch, although it did serve the station in Eston. It ran as stated and went under Middlesbrough Road adjacent to the old TRTB depot next to Cargo Fleet Iron Company offices. the branch latterly served the Normanby Brickworks (now Flatts Lane visitor centre) but originally served both the Normanby & Ormesby ironstone mines and extended to the south of the hills and ran on an embankment parallel to the Guisborough Road from Nunthorpe – traces of the route still very obvious.
      Eston Branch served the Eston mines and terminated at an ore tipping yard north of the Eston-Lazenby road and south of California where the narrow gauge tracks from he Eston mines terminated.

  7. I read that a train travelling to Eston in1925 hit a trolley bus being towed back to the TRTB shed this was at Harcourt Road South Bank ,the old crossing.

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