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  1. http://teesdalemercury.blogspot.com/2017/11/from-dunkirk-to-el-alamein-my.html Tank driver training B.C. to Copley road (Coal Road to Lead Mill).
  2. The Broomielaw sidings ? Why the ramp to rear of the waiting room ? Hardly a shunt hump , may have been just loco park , not aware of any water crane but don't rule it out. There is no doubt that the signal box & equipment was extensive. The best I can find so far is the technical description of the frame inside the box , far more than required for the section of double line to B.C. Without doubt BC Goods yard was used for tanks Wiki states so LoL because a tank damaged a crane, however this would be early WW2. Broomielaw was used by WD , not just for
  3. The RAF photograph , bit like looking for rockets at Peenemmunde. Look at the field across road from Stainton Camp entrance , the concrete turning circles. The field is surrounded bu small circles , some with a double row adj. the concrete turning areas. Seems excessive but I think it was another tank training area and the circles were 45 gal. oil drums filled with concrete. I think there is some still around , IIRC painted red/white bands , some were used for preventing public entering (other than central south positioned one used for public lay-by . Seems excessive but what did
  4. Well - you can search for images , period photographs of Broomielaw Station - the evidence is there - a sidings over the line rails from the waiting room , a incline from the line , this sidings went from near the signal box to rear of waiting room and headed off towards Barford, it can only have been of use to the Army. Broomielaw had been a private halt for Streatlam until 1942 , then open for public & obviously soldiers. The people in the farm right next to the station were called Bell , once with another friend (son of a Raby gamekeeper) then we used the DMU to B.C. About 1966
  5. Only the correct one is suitable , others would look stupid (I should have a note of the Part No.) I will try & photograph a Rover 1 /S2A grille - this afternoon with a tape measure across top & possibly two civvy inverted T types for comparison , I have a Rover 10/11 type (only difference - no hole for bonnet release) - no access to that vehicle just now. ISTR there are other minor dims. IIRC the main difference is across top - two extra squares = abt. ".1/2" greater.
  6. Hi Dave Had a look at the Northern Echo , what can I say ? other than it only states the bloody obvious. The source Anth Maude , unfortunately it does not state his age , I am aware of a few Maude around B.C. there was at least one my age at school but I can't recall a Anth Maude , I would be known as Anth sometimes at B.C. at other places sometimes Tony (never by family) or Anton or other names. To be honest IMHO you need to continue your research , aerial photo recon. Notice the heading towards Broomielaw Station , just in front of the loco you will see th
  7. There are abt. 3 different S2A 'inverted T' grille , however the Rover 1 S2A grille is dimension unique to that vehicle. I normally count the squares - basically for easy I.D. - the top is wider.
  8. ps. Northern Echo - sounds like Nicky Coggins , they have been on a farm near Cat Castle quite a few years. His old man would have known all & I knew him well.
  9. OK , will watch for it. It is very annoying - until about 2005 I had plenty of people who could give answers , now I find I have more queries than just this tank. A uncle (mothers eldest brother) was a engine driver on SWD&LU , mainly double heading coal trains until abt 1972. He had to base in digs at Kirkby Stephen , married a KS girl who was a "progress chaser" KS sheds to Darlington North Road works , traveling past the camps twice per day. I never thought to ask people abt. tank movements - esp. to Marwood Range, hardly public highway ? across fields ?
  10. http://www.thefitzhughlibrary.co.uk/index.php?Action=View&Type=CatalogueSearch&View=PhotoCatalogue&Display=SearchResults
  11. Go to the farm at Cat Castle , ask for Derek Bailes (or his elder brother) , I last propped up the Fox & Hounds bar with Derek in 1968. He was spreading lime for Tewards then and years after. He should be able to tell you all about that tank.
  12. Have you checked the Fitzhugh Library - I knew it as the Mechanics (Mechanics Institute). I used my cousin as a reference library , if he didn't know he would ask Lorne Tallentire. My cousin served his time as a instrument-mechanic , had abt. 5 tractors & Austin 7 + BIG Austin , Morgan etc. so he was also interested in steam engines etc. He certainly know of this tank. Photographs - Parkin Raine was the man , although ISTR John Raine who had the Ironmongers (still fronting his name , under new management) was also heavy into photographs & local history. To get a
  13. The story of a line of tanks (or any tank) going down Galgate , Horsemarket , the Bank to cross the County Bridge - I think that needs further checking - I am certain the Teesdale Mercury would have had photographs & periodically (as they do) have shown them ? I have never seen any photographic evidence. I remember trying to find aircraft crash sites during the 1960's , all the tales and wild goose chases. I only accept near primary evidence. Early 1980's the Army had a permanent ramp built at Redmire station to offload tanks from Warflat , then trundle them across th
  14. btw. A rumour told from more than a single source - that Military vehicles were sold / auctioned from Raby Park immediate post WW2 - never been able to lock-on to this. 1960 to 1965 , I often camped with the scouts alongside the castle lakes (ponds) ISTR in the first few years there were Army type huts not far from the moat among the trees. Never found any info. of the army being present WW2 ?
  15. Coldberry Mine , you mentioned tank storage WW2 , that info. may be spurious - I know that top end of Hudeshope very well . used to go for a large family picnic every summer 1950 , main family line Grieve made exit from Scotland when cattle/sheep "droving" went into decline . The topmost place was where they settled. The fields at Newbiggin side are still owned by the Gargett branch. My mother abt. 1958 pointed out to me the original - typical early era. cattle below & humans above , I don't think it had a roof , may have been a heather thatch (it was more or less
  16. btw I don't wish to spoil the fun , IMHO it may have been used post WW2 (less turret) to haul a gripping plough ! Wemmergill Estates , had some early gripping done , also more recently lots was being done up past Close House mine (and gun-bus access tracks) - I can't remember when I was last there but it would be approx. 1980 to 1990..
  17. Near the Butterstone , across the road - if you look at the O.S. OL31 map , you will see shed foundation outlines with the words Works , they could go back to when Hury & Balderhead reservoirs were constructed ? Alternatively they could have been associated with Battle Hill ranges when they were in constant use WW2. Obviously tanks were in use near Battle Hill , therefore they may have been Army garaging / workshops ? I often use the B6276 , however not the moor road Cotherstone to Bowes - I guess a handful of times in 50 years , I have a vague recollection of ju
  18. Without going into squeezers. Your size of rivet , you could do the hammer work on the inside of the chassis , just basic flattening to spread. If you wish for say round heads neat at both sides , then it would be best to have a suitable 'bucking-bar' or at a pinch you could use a second snap. There are tables / formula to cut rivet to correct lengths prior to closing. You would need a mate , but two would be best - 1 as rivet heater & the other as the "Holder-up" (he uses the bucking bar). A riveting squad is a minimum of three , could be four if a 'catc
  19. No - Atkinson , my bro-in-law is - Bill Parmley at Snaisgill Farm , the amount of stone walling he has done as a hobby - he would be a good bet to quiz. Spent lots of time since before 1970 @ Clove Lodge & since.
  20. ps. Startforth not Startford , don't seem to be able to recall for spelin correction any more ? Hudeshope ' up-bye' as they say , to locals always Yutsop ,,
  21. Probably your best bet would be to contact Lorne Tallentire (the Ford garage on Alston Road family) , he will be approx. 73 yrs and always been a bit of an academic. ---------- Also DCC councillor Richard Bell (teacher I think) , I think his mother would be my mothers cousin, of the Sanderson (Vallance Lodge) branch. About 4 years ago , apparently he purchased a block of property in central M-in-T , that was in hands of John Toulson's bankers. He may live in a house there ? ----------- My brother in law married a girl from Clove Lodge , near Hanna Hauxwell
  22. Dave . I will PM you with details of two people who may be able to help. ISTR , that 'talk' said - damage to the County Bridge , the Army did offer to put up a bridge over the Tees , I assume a Bailey Bridge. However the west would have been in North Yorkshire and East in Co. Durham - hence unresolved.
  23. QUOTE. You obviously know the area and im really surprised that it has lain here for so long without anyone apparently knowing or bothering about it (or remembering it!). True, I had another cousin I used to go to on a farm at Flitholme , @ Warcop . I have asked my wife to phone her brother and ask the question(s) , he married a girl at the Baldersdale (Yorkshire side) , in fact they probably stint graze sheep on the moor where the tank wreck is. The problem is very little WW2 was locally recorded much of what I supposedly know is hearsay. My old man only ever said he was a sa
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