5 fabulous rail photos from the past

The Station Hotel in Prospect Row in 1965. The Durham & Sunderland Railway's, Moor Station had closed in 1858.
The Station Hotel in Prospect Row in 1965. The Durham & Sunderland Railway's, Moor Station had closed in 1858.
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A Wearsider who captured the golden age of steam on camera will be the focus of a special event this week.

Rail enthusiast Ian S Carr spent more than 50 years photographing Sunderland’s train networks, stations and railways.

Deltic D9012 CREPELLO enters Durham station with an Edinburgh to Kings Cross service in 1962.

Deltic D9012 CREPELLO enters Durham station with an Edinburgh to Kings Cross service in 1962.

Now, almost a year on from Ian’s death at 77, fellow historian Neil Sinclair is to remember him in a talk on Saturday.

“I will be looking at Ian’s wide interests in rail, including researching the history of Wearside railways,” said Neil.

“I’ll also be mentioning his collection of railwayana – including the last tickets issued for the Marsden Rattler train.”

Ian, who was born in Sunderland in 1937, developed an interest in trains after being evacuated to Cumbria during the war.

National Coal Board 0-6-0T Jean at Wearmouth Colliery in 1969. The guard's van behind it was formerly used on NCB trains between Wearmouth and Hylton Collieries. It was later preserved and restored and is now on display at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

National Coal Board 0-6-0T Jean at Wearmouth Colliery in 1969. The guard's van behind it was formerly used on NCB trains between Wearmouth and Hylton Collieries. It was later preserved and restored and is now on display at Monkwearmouth Station Museum.

But it wasn’t until 1950, while a pupil at Bede Grammar, that he started making photographic records of his rail journeys.

“Over the years Ian’s work has featured in dozens of magazines and newspapers, as well as more than 300 books,” said Neil.

“From the golden age of steam, to diesel and even narrow gauge industrial lines, Ian managed to capture them all on camera.”

l Neil’s talk will be held at Sunderland Museum at 2pm on January 9. Admission is £1 for non-members of FOSUMS. An exhibition of Ian’s work is currently on show at Monkwearmouth Station Museum. Ian’s photos courtesy of the Armstrong Railway Trust.

G5 0-4-4T 67270 with a train from Sunderland-Durham photographed between South Hylton and Cox Green in 1957.

G5 0-4-4T 67270 with a train from Sunderland-Durham photographed between South Hylton and Cox Green in 1957.

V2 2-6-2 60820 with a Sunderland to Manchester relief train pictured at Pallion, then a busy industrial area, in 1963.

V2 2-6-2 60820 with a Sunderland to Manchester relief train pictured at Pallion, then a busy industrial area, in 1963.