Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Briefly Back to Boxing Day

The photos below were taken on Boxing Day 2014 by Rob Langham 

David running Twizell round its train

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Joint Maintenance

Dave doing minor maintenance on No,2 .....

Monday, 29 December 2014

North Pole Express Reprised

The photos below were taken on Saturday 20 December 2014 by Ken Snowdon
No.2 & Cochrane with the empty stock.
& what appears to be Marley Hill forest behind

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Other Sunday Stuff

Angela removing the concrete from No.2's smokebox,
to gain access to the leaky main steam pipe joint

Last Operating Day of 2014

David shunting the empty stock, with Steve coupling up

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Xmas Eve NP Express People

David waiting on Cochrane in ET bay while
No.2 propels the train into the main platform
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Tomorrow's Trains

Twizell will haul trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, noon, 1.30 pm 3 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.   The run round loop is not yet in place at East Tanfield, so AW No.2 will be used to release the train loco.
Twizell on a NPE at Causey in December 2013
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 26 December 2014

Boxing Birthday

Birthday boy David on Twizell at Andrews House
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to volunteers & all - thank you for helping to make the North Pole Express enjoyable
A scene not be seen until late next year
- a North Pole Express heading out
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)
 PS Photos for the blog would be especially handy over the next few days .....

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 10 of 10

Ian fixing the wire to signal no.9 this morning 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 9



No.2, the banking loco, has run round to the south
end of the empty stock at the North Pole
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Trains Today & Tomorrow

Cochrane & No.2 will take the North Pole Express from East Tanfield to the North Pole (AH) & return today (Tuesday) & tomorrow (Christmas Eve).   All tickets to see Santa have been sold - sorry.
No.2 on a NPE at Burdon Plain last Saturday
(photo courtesy of Dave Hewitt)

Monday, 22 December 2014

Odd Jobs Again

The rainbow I followed to Marley Hill this morning
(photo courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Sunday, 21 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 8

Ian, Angela & Matthew cleaning carriages inside the shed

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Final Santa Saturday.


This morning: Phil cleaning out No2s ash pan 
As David and Angela prepare to oil around Cochrane.  

Friday, 19 December 2014

Mobile Users

I've changed the mobile template for this blog to be the same as that for PCs.

An increasing number of readers of this blog use tablets & smart phones.   I would like the same blog buttons & features to be available on both PCs & mobiles, but don't have time to develop & maintain a separate template for mobiles.   I try to make the blog load quickly on a PC, so this aspect should be reasonable on 3G.   New blog posts should be just as accessible on any device.   However, mobile users may have to resize areas to get the same view as previously.

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Assorted Jobs

Vic clearing his work site

Trains This Weekend - More NPE

Cochrane & No.2 will take the North Pole Express from East Tanfield to the North Pole (AH) & return this Saturday & Sunday.   All tickets to see Santa have been sold - sorry.
A North Pole Express leaves East Tanfield last Saturday
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Bowes Railway Blog Updated

Bowes Railway Blog 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Joint Lifting

Rob manning the crossing, Geoff looking out
as the works train passes Bobgins

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

East Tanfield Loop Extends

Dennis, Dave, John & Geoff removing screws
from the loop south point

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

East Tanfield Loop Again

Rob mans Bobgins gates for the works train 

Monday, 15 December 2014

Odd Jobs

Peter nipping up Cochrane's glands 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 6

Callum & Philip preparing Cochrane

Saturday, 13 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 5

NPE arriving at the North Pole
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Last Saturday's North Pole People

The photos below were all taken on Saturday 6 December by Carl Chambers:
David oiling No.2 as the North Pole Express
picks up passengers at East Tanfield

Friday, 12 December 2014

Today At Marley Hill

Cochrane, Twizell & No.2 were lit up this morning

Trains This Weekend - Similar to Last

Cochrane & No.2 will take the North Pole Express from East Tanfield to the North Pole (AH) & return this Saturday & Sunday.   All tickets to see Santa have been sold - sorry.

Cochrane & No.2 double head on ET bank & pass Bobgins crossing, on Sat 6 Dec 14
(photos courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blackfell Hauler Open Afternoon

Martin Hulse of Tyne & Wear Building Preservation
Trust (the owners) talking about the building to a small
but interested audience inside Blackfell hauler house

A Morning on ET Loop

Geoff & Dave with the works train at Bobgins

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

East Tanfield Loop

Nigel (far left) & Bob (near right) turning a rail .....

Reopening of Blackfell Hauler


Blackfell Hauler engine house will be open to the public tomorrow, Thursday 11 December, between midday & 2 pm, following refurbishment by Tyne & Wear Building Preservation Trust.    It has been on English Heritage's 'Heritage at Risk' register, but grants and a year of work have improved it..

The hauler house is on the rope worked section of the Bowes Railway between Marley Hill & Springwell, on the incline which passes under the A1.   It's on the lane to the Bowes Incline Inn & Northside Farm - off the minor road north to Eighton Banks from the Mill House roundabout dog leg of the A1231 (at the north west of Washington).   OS NZ 280576, 54°54'44"N   1°33'51"W

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Around TR Today

All photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:

Dave & Colin filling bags with coal, Ian taking them to Andrews House .....

Monday, 8 December 2014

Mainly No.6 Again

Ian grinding a bead from a boiler tube end .....

Saturday


Sunday, 7 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 4

Outside Marley Hill shed, Chris, Tom, George & Matthew prepare No.2 & Cochrane

Saturday, 6 December 2014

North Pole Express Day 3

Angela & Ian pause for coal with the empty stock
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Friday, 5 December 2014

Preparation

Vic's still tidying the top standage

Trains This Weekend - Like Last

Cochrane & No.2 will take the North Pole Express from East Tanfield to the North Pole (AH) & return this Saturday & Sunday.   All tickets to see Santa have been sold - sorry.

The photos below were taken on Sunday 30 November 2014 & are all courtesy of Ken Snowdon:

The North Pole Express heads over Houghwell Burn
headed by Cochrane & banked by HL No.2 .....

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Couple of Jobs

Geoff retightening fishplate joints south of Bobgins .....

Polar People #2

The photos below were taken on Saturday 29 November 2014 & are all courtesy of Carl Chambers:

Peter watching his vac gauge in the MS&L brake