|The building of the Viaduct over the Skelton Beck
valley began in 1865
The line was opened in 1872 for trains to carry
ironstone from the local Ironstone mines back to Middlesbrough to
undergo the smelting processes.
The first passenger train service began in 1875, but the first
stop was Brotton.
Skelton had to wait until 1902 for a Station.
"I am researching my family name (GLADDERS) and
came across your web site
on the history of Skelton, where you have the following relevant
 - A Mr William Gladders drove the first passenger train.
James Gladders, landlord of the Duke William, fined for
drunkenness on his premises.
Innkeepers - "Duke William", Jas Gladders.