The Teesside Small Gauge Railway (TSGR) was built over 20 years ago by a dedicated team of volunteers with varying backgrounds. Today, their hard work has paid off as almost all the infrastructure installed by them remains in good condition. Some would say the TSGR is in fact an ongoing project and is never complete, with new features being added to the site every year. Below is a brief history of the TSGR, based on photographs taken during construction. Unfortunately, there are very few photographs from the early days of the TSGR and the photos we do have are low quality.
The station area started off as a simple track bed of ballast. This photo shows the entrance to the station (for approaching trains). This is where the main line would split into the station route and the passing loop route.
Pavement was installed and the signal box/ticket office was erected. The large rectangular frame is where the signal box door was to be installed.
This photo shows the track panels (including the station entrance point) being layed out ready for installation.
Track is installed - the layout of the station area becoming much clearer.
Windows and doors are added to the signal box allowing further development and the start of the roof.
The station canopy is installed.
Final work on the roof.
This is the finished product. However, as of 2015, the signal box now has roller shutters as opposed to the original metal sheet covers.
The turntable at the steaming bays has its foundations installed, ready to accommodate the central pivot system (a transit van axle).
The boundary wall is built.
This is the final product.
This photo shows a wide shot of the field before the track is installed.
Here we can see members filling the track bed with ballast, ready for track laying.