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Clambering for a glimpse of the Flying Scotsman

RAILWAY CHILDREN ... the Flying Scotsman passing through Tyne Dock in the late 1960s.
RAILWAY CHILDREN ... the Flying Scotsman passing through Tyne Dock in the late 1960s.

WHAT an evocative picture that old photograph of the old Station Cottages at Tyne Dock has turned out to be for readers.

For a start, it has put me on the trail of a chap who I mentioned was a prolific writer of letters to the Gazette from there at the turn of the last century.

But also, the snap turns out to have brought back very warm family memories for an on-line reader under the name, Thecleughs.

He or she lived at No 5 Station Cottages, while nearby, at No 9, were cousins, with their great-grandmother living at No 3.

This was until 1976. Not long after, the cottages began to be demolished.

Says my correspondent: “It was the best area I lived in as a child.”

This was despite the properties showing their age.

“The house was falling down around our ears. We battled to keep mice at bay, and there were no inside toilets or a bathroom.

“Dad took part of the kitchen out so we could get a bath in, which was filled with pans of hot water. Those were the days!

“Thank you so much for the photo. I have tried a few times to find one. It brings back lots of funny stories, and some sad ones.”

That area of Tyne Dock, in and around the old station, must have indeed been magical for many children.

Here, they clamber for a sight of the Flying Scotsman passing through Tyne Dock in the late summer of 1968, while on a rail tour of the Durham coast.