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DIRECTIONS AND VANTAGE POINTS OF INDUSTRIAL LOCATIONS IN TEESSIDE

DIRECTIONS AND VANTAGE POINTS OF INDUSTRIAL LOCATIONS IN TEESSIDE

This guide gives road directions, public viewing and vantage points, public transport services and further details of a number of Industrial and preserved locations on Teesside. Ordnance Survey Grid References are used, and it is suggested that OS Landranger Maps 93 and 94 or OS Explorer Maps 306 and OL27 are used in conjunction with this guide.

Details are correct to October 2012.

COBRA RAILFREIGHT LTD, NORTH ROAD, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 488209)

16EL Page 210: Two BARS Hire locos are located here.

Visits are normally permitted.

Road Directions:
From A66 Eastbound:
Exit at A178/B1272 North Road (known as Hartington Interchange), take the 1st exit into the A178, continuing straight ahead at the traffic lights. The site entrance is at the bottom of the bank on the left, with the office being located on the right just past the entrance.

Public Transport:
Alight at Middlesbrough Station. Exit the station via the subway, and turn into Bridge Street West (A178) in a Westerly direct for approximately ½ mile. Site entrance is on the right. Walking time : 15minutes.

Public Vantage points:
Metz Bridge Road (overbridge): NZ 486206 Forty Foot Road: NZ 487207 (industrial premises prevent direct viewing).

A.V.DAWSON LTD. There are two sites operated by A.V. Dawson Ltd – Ayrton Store and Depot Road/NSSB Wharf.

16EL Page 210 : A fleet of three locomotives operate between the two sites with a further two dismantled locomotives, and one preserved. Http://www.av-dawson.com.

Visits are normally permitted on Saturday mornings.

Ayrton Store, Forty Foot Road, Middlesbrough (NZ 493215)

Road Directions:
From A66 Eastbound:
Exit at A178/B1272 North Road (known as Hartington Interchange), take the 1st exit into the A178, and turn left at the traffic lights into Metz Bridge Road, taking the first right into Forty Foot Road after crossing the railway bridge. Continue along Forty Foot Road for about ½ mile. The site entrance is on the left just before the level crossing. The office is adjacent to the weighbridge on the left.

Public Transport:
Alight at Middlesbrough Station. Exit the station via the subway, and turn into Bridge Street West (A178) in a Westerly direct for approximately ½ mile. After ascending the bank into North Road, (passing Cobra Railfreight on the right), turn right at the traffic lights into Metz Bridge Road, and after crossing the railway bridge turn right into Forty Foot Road. Continue along Forty Foot Road for about ½ mile. The site entrance is on the left just before the level crossing. The office is adjacent to the weighbridge on the left. Walking time : 30 minutes.

Depot Road / NSSB Wharf (NZ 490215)

Directions as above (applies to road and foot). From the level crossing outside the Ayrton Store site, turn left into Forty Foot Road. At the end of the road turn left into Riverside Park Road. The NSSB Wharf entrance is located on the right. Alternatively, at the end of Forty Foot Road, turn right into depot road. Loco’s occasionally stable inside the gates on the right hand side at the Open Level Crossing.

Public Vantage Points:
Forty Foot Road : NZ 488210 (viewing through the yard of Bulkhaul Ltd) Bowes Road : NZ 488213 Depot Road : NZ 492214

G. WALTON-BINNS, UNIT 4, WHOLTON ROAD, RIVERSIDE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, MIDDLESBROUGH

16EL Page 214: Three narrow gauge steam locomotives under restoration (NZ 486216).

Visits are permitted strictly on Tuesdays ONLY.

Road Directions:
From A66 Eastbound:
Exit at A178/B1272 North Road (known as Hartington Interchange), take the 1st exit into the A178, and turn left at the traffic lights into Metz Bridge Road, taking the first right into Forty Foot Road after crossing the railway bridge. Continue along Forty Foot Road for about ¾ mile. At the end of the road, turn left into Riverside Park Road. Whorlton road is the third road on the left hand side.

Public Transport:
Alight at Middlesbrough Station. Exit the station via the subway, and turn into Bridge Street West (A178) in a Westerly direct for approximately ½ mile. After ascending the bank into North Road, (passing Cobra Railfreight on the right), turn right at the traffic lights into Metz Bridge Road, and after crossing the railway bridge turn right into Forty Foot Road. Continue along Forty Foot Road for about ¾ mile. At the end of the road, turn left into Riverside Park Road. Whorlton road is the third road on the left hand side. Walking time : 50 minutes.

There are no public vantage points as the locos are locked in a secure unit.

S.S.I. UK LTD & TATA STEEL EUROPE, SOUTH BANK COKE OVENS, SOUTH BANK, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 533213)

16EL Page 211: Two coke oven locomotives operate here. The coke oven line runs from NZ 535214 to NZ 540215.

Visits are not currently permitted.

Road Directions:
From A66 Eastbound:
For Coke Ovens security gate: At the roundabout with the B1513, take the first exit into Old Station Road. At the next roundabout turn right (3rd exit) into Dockside Road, and at the end of the road turn right onto Smiths Dock Road. The site entrance is on the left after 250 yards.

For vantage point:
At South Bank Traffic Lights, take a left into Normanby Road. The road bears round to the left, but carry on (right) straight ahead, and park up at South Bank Station.

Public Transport:
Alight at South Bank Station (limited service).

Vantage points:
The works can be seen from the station footbridge (NZ 533213). A public footpath (known as The Black Path), runs alongside the South side of the Middlesbrough to Saltburn railway line, offering views of the coking plant. Note: this path continues alongside the railway line, passing Lackenby Works and ending on the A1085 trunk road close to the SSI/Tata Redcar Gate house.

S.S.I. UK LTD & TATA STEEL EUROPE, REDCAR COKE OVENS, REDCAR (NZ 562256)

16EL Page 211: Three coke oven locomotives operate here.

Visits are not currently permitted.

The works can only be accessed from within the main SSI/Tata Lackenby works, and there are no public vantage points.

S.S.I. UK LTD & TATA STEEL EUROPE, LACKENBY WORKS, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 563223)

16EL Page 212: 23 GECT locomotives, 10 Di8 Mak locomotives, 2 Robel trollies and 2 Canron tampers.

Visits are not currently permitted.

  
   Norwegian Di8 at Grangetown   Roger Darsley

Road Directions:
From A66 Eastbound:
Continue along A66 until reaching a roundabout which meets the A1085 Trunk Road. Take the first exit onto the A1085, and proceed straight ahead (2nd exit) at the next roundabout. The main Lackenby locoshed is on the left hand side after 100 yards. Ensure vehicles are parked off the road.

Public transport:
There are no suitable public railway stations, however Arriva operate bus services between Middlesbrough and Redcar, but do not stop at the Steelworks. Services X3, X4, 22, 64 (and 64A/64B) will take you past Lackenby loco sheds (A1085 Trunk Road).

Vantage points:
Ultimately there is one main public viewpoint for viewing the locos, with a few lesser viewpoints and access close to the Blast Furnances.

The first two locations are unlikely to see any Di8 locos:

CLEVELAND WORKS TEES DOCK ROAD:
Rail Overbridge over A1053 at GR NZ 551211.

GRANGETOWN PW SIDINGS:
View through paling fence at NZ 546209 (looking NE), visible through industrial estate compounds, and from the A1053 Tees Dock Road, by a fence at NZ 549210.

TORPEDO WORKSHOPS & C&W DEPOT:
These can be viewed from “The Black Path” public footpath. This can be accessed by parking on the A1053 opposite Grangetown Signal Box. Cross over the pipeline by the footbridge and turn left following the Saltburn to Middlesbrough railway line in a Westerly direction for about ½ mile. The Workshops can be viewed on the left from a distance. The path eventually leads to South Bank railway station.

LACKENBY GRIDS:
Visible from Public Road A1053 at NZ 554222 (access Gate) and road overbridge at NZ 555224 - please note that the Harbour Police may attempt to remove you from this location, despite it being a public road up until the dock boundary and security gate on the bridge.

A second viewpoint is visible from “The Black Path” public footpath. This can be accessed by parking on the A1053 opposite Grangetown Signal Box. Cross over the pipeline by the footbridge and turn right following the Middlesbrough to Saltburn railway line in an Easterly direction. After about ½ mile the footpath dips down below Lackenby Grids and eventually comes out on the A1085 close to the SSI/TATA “Redcar” Gate.

A third viewpoint is possible from within the Dock boundary (its actually a public footpath!). Continue along the dock road past the security hut and at the roundabout take the 2nd exit. Follow this road with the BOC plant on the right. At the next roundabout continue straight over, and take the first right (after about 100 yards); take a right after the speed bump and this brings you to a location from which the grids can be viewed, however, bear in mind that this is dock property, you are monitored by cameras the minute you pass the gate house, and the Harbour Police regularly patrol the site and have the right to remove you if they so wish. Photographs are prohibited.

LACKENBY LOCO SHED:
Visible from the A1085 Trunk Road at NZ 563220. Please be aware that this is an extremely busy fast road, take care when parking, and be aware that security run frequent patrols to ensure any visitors remain on the right side of the fence!

The HOT METAL LINE:
This runs parallel to the A1085 and can be viewed, for photographs, at NZ 557212 (partially overgrown), NZ 561218 (Lackenby Gate, subject to security), NZ 563220 (Lackenby Locosheds), NZ 573275 (Bridge over line to Wilton Freightliner Term/Power Station), NZ 575238 (Redcar Gate overbridge - subject to security).

Further Road Directions:
Passing over the roundabout towards Redcar (2nd exit), continue along the A1085 to the traffic lights, and turn left into Kirkleatham Lane, cross over the railway bridge and at the roundabout, turn first left into York Road. Follow this road to the very end and at the roundabout (Marsh Farm House) take a right, crossing over the old railway crossing, and bearing round to the left. This is known as the South Gare road, which is owned by PD Ports, who have the right to remove you at any time, but this is a rarely known phenomena and is daily used by walkers, fishermen, bird watchers and sailors amongst others! Continue along the road for approx 1/2 mile whence it bears to the right at NZ 573253 (right next to the Hot Metal Line). The SLAG PONDS can also be viewed carrying on along this road from NZ 574255 and NZ 571257.

REDCAR BLAST FURNACES:
Can be viewed from the road side at NZ 565259 & NZ 564260.

SEMBCORP UTILITIES TEESSIDE LTD, WILTON INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURING SITE, WILTON, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 564218)

16EL Page 211: Two locomotives, Wickham trolley and Wickham trailer.

Permits are issued by prior arrangement.

The loco shed is contained within the Wilton Site and cannot be publically accessed.

Road Directions to Wilton visitor centre:
From the A19 take the A174 Eastbound and continue for approx 10 miles. At the A1053 Greystones roundabout, take the 3rd exit continuing along the A174 for a further 2 miles. At the next roundabout, take the first left and the visitor centre is on the left after 200 yards.

Public Transport:
There are no suitable rail or bus services for this location.

Vantage points:
The loco shed can be viewed from the A1085 through trees in winter from approx NZ 566225. The locoshed is situated at NZ 568224.

PD PORTS TEESPORT, TEES DOCK, GRANGETOWN, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 564232)

16EL Page 211: Five hire locomotives from BARS.

Permits by prior application (via Seamans Mission).

Road Directions from A66 Eastbound:
Follow A66 to A1053 Tees Dock Road roundabout and take first left. Follow the road for a mile which leads to a security gate (NZ 555224). The land beyond the security gate is privately owned by PD ports and patrolled by the Harbour Police.

Public Transport:
There are no suitable rail or bus services. The vantage point can be accessed from the "Black Path" which runs from South Bank Station.

Vantage Points:
Locos are occasionally visible with binoculars from the A1053 road bridge at NZ 555224.

CLEVELAND POTASH LTD, TEES DOCK, GRANGETOWN, MIDDLESBROUGH (NZ 549235)

16EL Page 210: Two locomotives, hired from Hunslet, operate here.

Permits are not normally issued.

Road Directions from A66 Eastbound:
Follow A66 to A1053 Tees Dock Road roundabout and take first left. Follow the road for a mile which leads to a security gate (NZ 555224). The land beyond the security gate is privately owned by PD ports and patrolled by the Harbour Police.

Vantage Points:
There are no public vantage points for this location.

TATA STEEL EUROPE, SKINNINGROVE WORKS, CARLIN HOW, SALTBURN-BY-THE-SEA (NZ 708194)

16EL Page 213: Two YE locomotives and two Ed Murray hired Sentinel locomotives.

Visits are not currently permitted.

Road Directions:
From the A19 take the A174 Eastbound, for around 25 miles to Carlin How. Take the first left into Mount Pleasant at the traffic lights. The works entrance is 50 yards on the left.

Public Transport:
Take train to Redcar or Saltburn, then Arriva bus to Carlin How.

Vantage Points:
One YE locomotive is stabled at the West End of the Rolling Mills (off track) and can be seen from the A174 in Carlin How village, opposite the Social club (NZ 707194).
Other vantage points can be accessed by continuing along Mount Pleasant, taking the second left into Rockcliffe View – drivers park at the church (NZ 710196). At the church there is a gate across the path, pass the gate and follow the path along the steelworks boundary to the cliff top. The other YE loco is normally stabled in the headshunt at NZ 710202. One of the Sentinel locomotives is stabled outside the Mills at NZ 708198 – this can be viewed from the cliff top.

CLEVELAND IRONSTONE MINING MUSEUM, Off MILL LANE, DEEPDALE, SKINNINGROVE (NZ 712192)

16EL Page 213: One Dismantled narrow gauge Ruston.

Visits per normal museum opening hours – prior notice is required to view the locomotive.

Road Directions:
From the A19 take the A174 Eastbound, for around 25 miles to Carlin How. Descend the hill passing under the Boulby line viaduct and take the first left into Mill Lane. The museum is on the right hand side (signposted) after 300 yards.

Public Transport:
Take train to Redcar or Saltburn, then Arriva bus to Skinningrove (Mill Lane).

Vantage Points:
There are no public vantage points for this loco which is in storage at the Museum.

CLEVELAND POTASH LTD, BOULBY MINE, LOFTUS (NZ 763183)

16EL Page 210: Two hired Hunslet locomotives. One narrow gauge Battery locomotive.

Permits issued by prior arrangement.

Road Directions:
Follow A174 from Carlin How, through Loftus and Easington. The site entrance is on the right hand side after descending “Boulby Bank”.

Public Transport:
Take train to Redcar or Saltburn, then Arriva bus to opposite Boulby Mine site entrance.

Vantage points:
The mine sidings can be viewed from a rough lay-by on the descent of Boulby Bank at NZ 758186. Locos when not in use stable at NZ 761185 and are visible from this vantage point.

The Narrow Gauge locomotive works underground, and is not visible from a public place. Visits are not permitted to view this loco.

last updated: 17/08/13