Monday, 31 March 2014

Around Marley Hill

Dave milling a suspension pin for Twizell

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Sunday Crews


Tom oiling up HL No2; Derek does the same on Cochrane

Foggy Sunday

Bill, the bishop
(photo courtesy of John Race)

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Last Sunday

This weekend, HL No.2 is out today, and both No.2 & Cochrane haul trains tomorrow.

All photographs below taken last Sunday are courtesy of Dave Hewitt
 No.2 passes under Gibraltar Bridge & tokens are exchanged at Marley Hill box

Friday, 28 March 2014

Various Jobs

Malcolm undercoating Twizell's front buffer beam

Trains This Weekend

Durham Pals alongside HL No.2 of 1911
at Andrews House station
Durham Pals were members of the Durham Light Infantry in WW1.
The current Durham Pals will be giving demonstrations during this Great War Weekend.
There will be a field kitchen, hot food 11-3, the British Legion & Durham Records Office.
On Saturday HL No.2 will leave Andrews House with passenger trains at 10.30, 12, 1.30 & 3.
On Sunday HL No.2 or Cochrane will depart every 45 minutes between 10.30 & 3.45.
Trains call at Sunniside & Causey Arch, where AW No.2 is the pilot loco.
There will be no service between Causey Arch & East Tanfield due to engineering works.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Bowes Appeal

(Appeal published today in Steam Railway, with an editorial
- see the Bowes blog for more information)

More of the Same

Michael working on Horden's buffers

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Engine Curve, etc

Bob, Nigel, Steve, Bill & Geoff at Engine Curve ...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Several Jobs

Nigel & Dave planing the new No.5 signal post

Monday, 24 March 2014

Some History of Armstrongs

In front of the black 5 at Armstrongs, the tall chap,
middle of middle row, is DJ Watkins, who ....

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sunday Stuff

 Luke helping on loco prep & carriage painting
(photos courtesy of Callum Gilchrist)

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Tomorrow's Trains

HL No.2 will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside, Causey & return at the new times of 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 & 3 pm.    Cochrane is booked to double head on at least one train.   There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.

Earlier this month, No 2 and Cochrane approach Marley Hill signalbox (but not at the same time)

Friday, 21 March 2014

A Quiet Day

Michael back to drilling Horden's buffer beam

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Work Continues on Twizell

Dave & Geoff cleaning Twizell's frames .....

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Wednesday Work

Geoff & Ken unfastening the sleepers for today

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Twizell & Horden Work

 Rob cleaning Twizell's dome joint face; Nigel making a gasket for the dome lid

Monday, 17 March 2014

Monday Work

Dave making patch screws

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sunday on Engine Curve

All photos below courtesy of Matthew Pickering

 Mark & Ian working on fishplates

Tanfield Today

Richard reaming out Twizell's foundation ring rivet holes

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Bowes Railway Financial Meeting

The Bowes Railway will be in a predicted deficit of £10k at the end of this financial year.   Also, Sunderland Council will withdraw all support funding to Bowes Railway from the new financial year commencing April.

There will be a meeting 10am this Sunday 16 March at the Bowes Railway to look at the future of the Railway without funding, and to examine if this is possible.   Bowes Railway Board members will be present.   Use the staff entrance beside the red brick house.

More background to this plus the latest news about the waggon shop on the Bowes blog.

(photo Bowes blog / Matt Ditch)

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil Cochrane (ex Redheugh Gasworks ) will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside, Causey & return at the new times of 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 & 3 pm.    There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.
Cochrane at Causey in January
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Horden, etc

Ian bringing in Horden's axle while Michael heats up the first tyre
(photos courtesy of Matthew Pickering)

Thursday, 13 March 2014

A Couple of Jobs

Ian loading ballast at East Tanfield this morning .....

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Mainly on Track

Nigel explaining the use of the jim crow to Bob .....

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Textures of Tanfield

All photos below are courtesy of John Race from Whickham Photographic Club 

A Bright Sunny Day

Vic flailing the picnic are

Monday, 10 March 2014

Monday Mix

Jim glances at the drawing as he makes set screws for Twizell's firebox

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sunday at Engine Curve

The team at work resleepering Engine Curve
(photo courtesy of Jason Peppercorn)

Sunday at Marley Hill

David oiling between the frames of HL No.2

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Tomorrow's Trains

Ex Keighley Gasworks No.2 will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside, Causey & return at the new times of 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 & 3 pm.    There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.
No.2 passing Bowes Bridge in January
(photo courtesy of Henry Elliott)

Friday, 7 March 2014

BBC iPlayer

The Train Now Departing was a BBC TV series from the late 1980s which is currently available on BBC iPlayer.   One episode was Lines of Industry, which gave older views of industrial railways, plus a then current look at preservation.
Lines of Industry 
This is one programme from the interesting BBC4 Steam Railways Collection 

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Around Marley Hill Today

Dave adjusting tie bars to improve blade end clearances in the yard 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Normal Work

Dave working on Horden's new brake cross shaft

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Steve & Nigel Go Resleepering

On the 1725 Causey Embankment, clearing ballast .....

Monday, 3 March 2014

Monday at Marley Hill

Malcolm packing a sleeper changed yesterday

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sunday at Marley Hill

 Ryan cleaning Cochrane; Tom using AW No.2 to shunt carriages

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Last Weekend's Event

Some shots taken last weekend by local photographers Carl Chambers (CC), Henry Elliott (HE) & Ken Smowdon (KS)
Cochrane approaches Bobgins with the mixed train (KS)

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul trains from Andrews House for Sunniside, Causey & return at the new times of 10.30 am, 12 noon, 1.30 & 3 pm.    There will be no passenger trains beyond Causey due to track relaying on East Tanfield bank.
Cochrane approaching Sunniside in January
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)