Thursday, 31 July 2014

Harriet's Army

The three part Harriet's Army, a scene from which was filmed at Terrace Junction, and another in Marley Hill yard, will be shown on CBBC at 9am next Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 August.   Reviews have been good.   The filming took place on Monday 31 March, and featured in the blog on 1 April.

Previews of Harriet's Army 

Around Marley Hill Today

Ryan at the ground frame, young Bob on No.2,
shunting the carriages for today

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Tanfield Track Reinstatement

Ian removing sleepers & reducing the bed

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tanfield Track Removal

Today we removed the track along the remainder of East Tanfield station platform, to enable faster replacement of the defective wooden sleepers with CS1s.

John & Dave removing chair screws

Monday, 28 July 2014

A Few Jobs

Ian unloading the muscleman ....

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Track work Sunday.

Today down the line...   
Setting down the muscle man .

Tattershall Castle

We've had aeroplanes today, so here's a paddle steamer from our roving reporter Tom Hartley, who's visiting the capital and been taking a refreshment break on the Tattershall Castle, built by William Gray in 1934 at British West Hartlepool for the LNER
Tattershall Castle (photo by Tom Hartley)
Those of you with a nautical inclination or a monkey fetish will be aware that Wingfield Castle, a sister ship of Tattershall Castle, is moored at the interesting Museum of Hartlepool   The third Humber paddler Lincoln Castle was recently scrapped.

Sunday at Marley Hill

Before lighting up, David passing firebars to Danny

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday Ops

All photos below are courtesy of Jon Peppercorn:

David & Chris have lit Cochrane

Friday, 25 July 2014

Lining Twizell

David Watchman lining Twizell's wheels & brake blocks
(photos courtesy of David Allinson)

Trains This Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday trains will leave Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45, 1 pm, 2.15 3.30  for Sunniside, Causey & return.
Cochrane & HL No.2 raising steam in May
Trains run on Thursdays, Saturdays (except 16 Aug) & Sundays until the end of August, but not on Wednesdays.   Cochrane or HL No.2 will commonly be used.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thursday Ops

Ian & Matthew preparing HL No.2 this morning
(photos courtesy of Bob Payne)

Wednesday Gang on ET Curve


The photos below were taken yesterday at East Tanfield, courtesy of Dave Dixon:

Geoff, Dave, Bob, Bill & Nigel happily go keying

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Bowes Blog Updated

(photo Neville Whaler / Bowes Blog)

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Installing the New Curve at East Tanfield

Vic waiting in Causey bay for the works train to pass

Monday, 21 July 2014

Tanfield On Tour.

Last weekend some volunteers from Tanfield visited the 
Foxfield Railway for their 2014 summer gala. Staring 6 locos 
including their visiting engine Vulcan (which recently 
has been working at Beamish Museam) and former  
Tanfield gala visitor Bellerophon which visited back in 2008.

Here are some pictures of the event:

Monday Mix

Dave setting up one of Horden's axlebox brasses

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Down the Line

All photos below are courtesy of Guy Tritton:

Ian unloading CS1s at East Tanfield for the realigned curve

This Morning

All photos below are courtesy of Jon Peppercorn:
David & George preparing HL No.2 ......

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Pre Train Prep

Tom & Bob oiling their No.2s

Friday, 18 July 2014

The News for Today

Vic back on the flail at Bobgins crossing

Trains This Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday trains will leave Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45, 1 pm, 2.15 3.30  for Sunniside, Causey & return.

HL No.2 & Cochrane outside the 5 road shed in June
Trains run on Thursdays, Saturdays (except 16 Aug) & Sundays until the end of August, but not on Wednesdays.   Cochrane or HL No.2 will commonly be used.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

An Odd Job Day

Ian & Brian fixing the brakes on the jacker packer

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

East Tanfield Track Clearance

Vic greasing his digger at Causey

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Removing the Curve at East Tanfield

Vic's flailing through Causey station

Monday, 14 July 2014

Marley Hill & East Tanfield

Dave milling a suspension push rod for Horden, and removing burrs

Sunday, 13 July 2014

..... & Sunday Afternoon ....

..... featuring Angela
Luke, Callum, Euan, Adam & David shovel ballast on East Tanfield bank.....

Sunday Morning .....

..... featuring Tom & Henry ....
Peter & Richard checking a crosshead slipper; Tom
on the blow down valve; Kyle looking after Dave

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, HL No.2 will take trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45, 1 pm, 2.15 3.30  for Sunniside, Causey & return.
No.2 passing Marley Hill signalbox in May

Last Sunday Revisited

At Andrews House, the works train heads south; Henry & George on Cochrane with empty stock
(photos courtesy of Jon Peppercorn)

Friday, 11 July 2014

More Odd Jobs

Brian making an end plate for a Gardner engine .....

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Odd Jobs

Brian continuing work on Horden; Rob extending a gatepost at Bobgins

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Ballasting & Alignment on ET Bank

All photos below courtesy of Nigel Wheeler:
Dave & Geoff spreading a ballast shoulder
on Houghwell Burn bridge

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

OS Maps

The National Library of Scotland at http://www.nls.uk/ provides some excellent information & resources including scanned maps which are available at http://maps.nls.uk/  and OS 6" maps (which are over 50 years old and out of copyright, I understand).

Tanfield Today

Steve milling a key way into the drive shaft
which he made yesterday for the muscle man .....

Monday, 7 July 2014

Monday Mix

Peter explaining gauge glass fittings to Philip,
for locos on Bowes Railway

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday Steam & Stuff

Getting locos ready - Steve checks the vacuum exhauster oil
on AW No.2; Henry firing Cochrane

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, Sir Cecil A Cochrane will take trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45, 1 pm, 2.15 3.30  for Sunniside, Causey & return.

Cochrane at Andrews House last month

Friday, 4 July 2014

Today's Ops

Raring to go: Angela, Dave, Callum, Guy & Matthew
are ready for a private hire by German enthuisiasts
(photo courtesy of Ian Cowan)

Links of Interest

I've checked, reviewed & updated the links available via theLinks of Interest  button, to be found under the TR blog title picture.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

To Work at Engine Curve

All unattributed photos below courtesy of Dave Dixon:

The works train heads south from Andrews House

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Saturday Gone

The photos below were taken last Saturday and are all courtesy of Carl Chambers:

Tommy with his little red book; Dave with his green flag