Flying Scotsman enthusiasts also visited Rattler track

WAGON WAY...travelling along the Marsden Rattler line in the late 1960s.
WAGON WAY...travelling along the Marsden Rattler line in the late 1960s.

IT was nice that several readers took an interest in that photograph I featured of the Flying Scotsman at Tyne Dock station in the late 1960s.

One, Mike, said he never knew that the famous locomotive had visited here during the time it was owned by enthusiast Arthur Pegler.

But he noted that she was ‘light engine’ and the carriages had to have been somewhere else.

Well, I can now add a little bit more. The Flying Scotsman came to Tyne Dock bringing railway enthusiasts.

Some of them are seen here - members of the Stephenson Locomotive Society (North West area) - who also took the opportunity to visit the old Marsden Rattler track, on which they travelled in open trucks pulled by an NCB loco.

The Flying Scotsman arrived at Tyne Dock with nine coaches.

As far as I can tell, she subsequently went back to Newcastle, returning to Tyne Dock to take on coal and water - which is when the picture may have been taken - before departing for Doncaster.

Either way, her visit caused quite a stir. Mr JW Brimer, who had been station master at Tyne Dock since the 1920s, described it as “a memorable occasion.”