Friday, 31 May 2013

A Quiet Day

Richard working on Horden's smokebox

Thursday, 30 May 2013

General Work

Ian profiling the other tyre on the carriage wheelset

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

TripAdvisor

Tanfield Railway is one of a few dozen attractions in Gateshead.    I said previously that we are generally rated well by visitors who mention us on TripAdvisor.  See TripAdvisor Gateshead Attractions for our current position.   You may find it interesting to read our good and bad reviews.
We have been sent the above prestigious award, which places us in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor. This is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers.

Wednesday Work

Carriage wheels in Marley Hill wheel lathe
Ian profiling a carriage tyre .....

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Pipe, Bridge, Wheelset & other work

HL No.2's main steam pipes
Ian & Brian discussing adjustments
to HL No.2's main steam pipes

Monday, 27 May 2013

Bank Holiday Monday Mix

Steve filling Twizell's mechanical oiler .....
(photo courtesy of Malcolm Parker)

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sunday Mix

Angela on AW No.2 shunting timbers
for Houghwell Burn bridge
(photo courtesy of Malcolm Parker)

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Odd Jobs

One man meant to mow
- Malcolm at Andrews House

Trains on Bank Holiday Weekend

Twizell will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside and Causey at 11 am, 12.15, 1.45, 3 and 4.15 pm on Sunday and Monday.

In addition to our tea room at Andrews House, refreshments will be available from a carriage at Causey station.

There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.

At 9.30 AW No.2 will take a works train from Andrews House to Causey, and place a refreshment carriage in the bay platform there.  AW No.2 will then take up duty as Causey pilot and works train loco.   The works train will return after the last passenger service.

AW No.2 & Twizell at Causey on 5 May
(photo courtesy of Matthew Pickering)
Coming soon - the Festival of the North East

Friday, 24 May 2013

Houghwell Burn Bridge Reinstatement

The photos below, taken on Tuesday at Houghwell Burn, are all courtesy of Ian Cowan

Nigel, Bob, Angela and Ian removed the old bridge beams, and replaced them with the new ones:

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Odd Jobs

Ronnie & Brian .....

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Getting Ready

Getting ready for the Festival of the North East including the end of the line animation at Tanfield

The photographs below are all courtesy of Nigel Wheeler

For Festival of the NE, Ken & Geoff  ...

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Two shots of today

 Nigel,Bob,Angela and myself replacing the main bridge girders at Houghwell Burn Bridge
Derek will post more over the next day

Camera Club Visits to Tanfield Railway

Many local camera clubs include a visit to Tanfield Railway on their syllabi.   Below are links to some web sites:

Alnwick and District Camera Club

Durham Photographic Society


Map My Photo


Pentax User


Washington Camera Club


Westmoor Camera Club


In addition, several photographers often visit the railway.   I am grateful for the assistance of those who provide photos which feature in our blog posts (eg see yesterday) - more would always be useful!

Forthcoming: 9 June a group of artists will visit; and on weekends this June there will be an animated family adventure as part of the Festival of the North East

Finally, some photographers have their own web sites - there is a link to a list of some of these under the blog title photo - please click the camera icon 

Monday, 20 May 2013

Yesterday Continued

Marley Hill from a remote control helicopter
(photo courtesy of John Tassell)

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sunday Mix

Cochrane's happy crew draw out the empty stock

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside and Causey at 11 am, 12.15, 1.45, 3 and 4.15 pm.

There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.   AW No.2 will be Causey pilot loco.

Cochrane at Terrace Junction in February 2013
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 17 May 2013

Rewheeling etc

The reprofiled wheelset being replaced under Ex-MS&L carriage No.8:

Reprofiled wheelset being replaced under Ex-MS&L carriage No.8
Ian removing the wheelset from the lathe ....

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Thursday at Tanfield Railway

Happy birthday Vic!
(He had the day off - here on his Fergie last August)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

A Wet Wednesday

Richard continuing work on a ground frame
Richard continuing work on a ground frame

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Work Continues

Ian welding gussets to bridge girders .....

Monday, 13 May 2013

Monday Mixture at Marley Hill

Fire extinguishers getting their scheduled check
Fire extinguishers getting their scheduled check

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sunday around the Railway

John & Neil fixing an airline in the shotblast
John & Neil fixing an airline in the shotblast ..... 

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Tomorrow's Trains

HL No.2 will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside and Causey at 11 am, 12.15, 1.45, 3 and 4.15 pm.

There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.   AW No.2 will be Causey pilot loco.

Hawthorn Leslie No.2 passing Terrace Junction
HL No.2 passing Terrace Junction on 24/03/2013
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 10 May 2013

Usual Work

Peter & Ian checking valves on Twizell
Peter & Ian checking valves on Twizell

North Shields Pier

North Shields pier at the mouth of the Tyne was breached by the great storm of 1897.   The following photos show the usual attire of workers on its rebuilding.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

Thursday at Tanfield

Ronnie drilling a ground frame bracketMalcolm cutting grass on Andrews House station platform
Inside, Ronnie drilling a ground frame bracket,
while outside Malcolm's back on the grass

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wednesday Work

Planting bluebells at Andrews House station
Benji, Margaret & Susan planting bluebells at AH

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Tuesday Mainly in the Workshop

Dave & Peter discuss Horden's slide bars
and crosshead slippers

Monday, 6 May 2013

May Day

All photographs today are courtesy of Malcolm Parker

This morning, the crew prepare Twizell outside Marley Hill shed:
Angela with the blow down key, checking Twizell's boiler water level
Angela with the blow down key, checking
Twizell's boiler water level 

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sunday Variety

Cleaning Cochrane in Marley Hill shed  Cleaning Cochrane in Marley Hill shed
Kyle, Danny and James working on Cochrane 
(photos courtesy of Matthew Pickering)

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Trains on Bank Holiday Weekend

Twizell will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside and Causey at 11 am, 12.15, 1.45, 3 and 4.15 pm on Sunday and Monday.

There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.   AW No.2 will be Causey pilot loco.

Twizell being cleaned in Marley Hill shed
Twizell being cleaned in Marley Hill shed

Friday, 3 May 2013

Museum Visits

Most of these shots were taken at Summerlee, a 'mini Beamish' on an excavated 1840s ironworks site in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.

Crane at Summerlee
An interesting crane with individual drive from three
pairs of cylinders, although the boiler has gone

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Quiet Thursday at Marley Hill

Peter working on Horden's horn guides at Marley Hill
Peter working on Horden's horn guides
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Wednesday Work

Work today mainly continued on the replacement girders for the bridge to span Houghwell Burn

Welding gussets on girders for Houghwell Burn bridge
Richard welding gussets