THEY were a remnant of what was once an industry that seeped into many aspects of life in the west end of Shields.
This was the North Eastern Railway, whose lines ran in and out through Tyne Dock, which was also where – with neighbouring Simonside – many railway employees lived.
For some, home was these properties, the old Station Cottages at Tyne Dock.
Recently, a reader asked me if I had a picture of them, so I hope this fulfils the promise I made to find one.
The picture was taken, I think, not long before they were demolished nearly 40 years ago.
But they dated back to the 19th century, when they were home to engine drivers and others in similar railway employment.
Also a prolific writer of letters to the Gazette, I’ve discovered, a JT Horsman, who lived at No 19 and who, in the 1890s, was a regular contributor on subjects as diverse as the merits of the Wellesley training ship band, to a defence of mothers taking up space on pavements with their perambulators.
He also seems to have been a great defender of the railway passenger, reminding the NER at every opportunity how re-thinking its ticket system could benefit the traveller.
I think he and I might have got on rather well....