Re: "West Auckland" Engine Shed
Posted by bill nicholson on 2/20/2012, 2:03 pm, in reply to "Re: "West Auckland" Engine Shed"
My Grandfather and several of my late uncles worked at West Auckland Engine shed my cousin Ken Walton has photographs and articles publihed in a book called Bishop Auckland voices by John Land, my grandfather was Thomas Walton b 1862 Heingington d 1926 West Auckland, my uncles who worked at W A shed where Bob,Walter,Billy,and Harry there is a good photograph and article in the above book,I could scan it and e mail it if you want? Yours Bill Nicholson. 663247 |
: Hello A long time since you posted
: this but I went to King James 1 in
: Bishop with a lad called Michael
: Bainbridge (Bambi) His dad was a
: shunter driver at the sheds and
: lived in the first house up from
: them. Good Luck
: --Previous Message--
: This posting is about the former
: railway engine shed variously
: described as Tindale, Fylands or
: Fielden Bridge which officially was
: known by the railway as "West
: Auckland" Shed.
: It was situated on the opposite side
: of the road to Tindale Crescent Club
: on the site of what became
: Hatherway's Roofing. It is a few
: years since I was last past this
: place. Does the Sainsbury store
: and/or "the Bishops"
: football ground cover this site now?
: I wonder if there is any elderly
: gentlemen left in the area who
: worked at this shed. I will soon
: become 70 and this shed was past its
: zenith when I left school in 1956.
: I wanted to start work as an engine
: cleaner, progressing to fireman and
: then, hopefully a driver. That is
: how the system worked. It took
: decades to reach that exalted
: status. My father being wiser,
: hummed and harred a great deal so I
: ended up an apprentice at Westool
: (now demolished) for six years. I
: I am still a ferroequineologist and
: am a volunteer at Kirkby Stephen
: East station restoration project run
: by the Stainmore Railway Company. A
: not for profit company.
: Anyone with an interest in the days
: when many trains each day conveying
: 1000s of tons of coke ran from St
: Helens sidings to Kirkby Stephen and
: on to Tebay should look at
: www.stainmore150.co.uk/ and
: websites as it 150 years since this
: line was first opened this year.
: Commemorations will take place at
: Kirkby Stephen East over the August
: Bank Holiday Weekend. By wonderful
: luck, two of the steam engines that
: ran over this line were preserved.
: One of these will be back at Kirkby
: Stephen East, in steam, pulling
: coaches for visitors to ride within
: that weekend.
: My interest, however is on the West
: Auckland end of the line so if you
: have ANYTHING applicable, documents,
: photos, anecdotes etc., please
: contact me, especially if you, you
: father, grandfather or
: great-grandfather worked on the
: line. Perhaps he worked at
: "West Auckland" Engine
: Shed, as did my grandfather.
: Thank you