Saturday, 31 January 2015

Last Sunday

The photos below were all taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:

Cochrane ascending East Tanfield bank .....

Tomorrow's Mixed Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul mixed* trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, noon, 1.30 pm 3 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.   Pre booked Winter Warmers are available on the 1.30 train.   The run round loop is not yet in place at East Tanfield, so AW No.2 will be used to release the train loco.
Cochrane on a mixed train last year (Ken S)

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Heritage clothing appeal


Sunderland Glassmakers (BBC)
The Tanfield Railway needs clothing to a style of that between the years of 1910 to 1950 for our staff. If you or someone you know, want to get rid of some old clothing the railway would welcome donations.

Preparation

Thomas & David clearing snow & ice from a platform at Andrews House
(photos courtesy of David Reed)

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, noon, 1.30 pm 3 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.   Pre booked Winter Warmers are available on the 1.30 train.   The run round loop is not yet in place at East Tanfield, so AW No.2 will be used to release the train loco.
Cochrane passing Terrace Junction in January 2014
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Today's Jobs

Dave reaming a hole in Horden's buffer beam, with Brian continuing

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A Day of Two Halves

Dave, Bob & Steve helping to test steam Twizell
(photos courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Hawthorn Leslie

R & W Hawthorn Leslie were a major locomotive & marine engine manufacturer & shipbuilder on Tyneside between 1886 & 1937, when the loco building arm was bought by RSH.   Hawthorn Leslie continued as a major marine engine maker & shipbuilder, becoming part of British Shipbuilders in 1977.

Tanfield Railway has the largest collection of locos built by Hawthorn Leslie:

HL 2711/1907 South Bank CYCLOPS 0-4-0 ST

Monday, 19 January 2015

A Cold Monday

Frost precautions - fires in No.2 & No.3,
plus a brazier in the middle of MH shed

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, noon, 1.30 pm 3 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.   Pre booked Winter Warmers are available on the 1.30 train.   The run round loop is not yet in place at East Tanfield, so AW No.2 will be used to release the train loco.
Cochrane at Causey Crossing on a cold Jan 2014 day
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Monday, 12 January 2015

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Saturday Shunting

David using Armstrong Whitworth No.2 .....
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Last Sunday

The photographs below were taken on Sunday 4 January by Dave Hewitt:

Twizell passing Marley Hill signalbox .....

Tomorrow's Trains

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, noon, 1.30 pm 3 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.   Pre booked Winter Warmers are available on the 1.30 train.   The run round loop is not yet in place at East Tanfield, so AW No.2 will be used to release the train loco.
Cochrane passing Causey Bankwell Farm on 23 Nov
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 9 January 2015

Coal, Custom & Today

Volunteer Colin Gibson recently exported a piece of Tanfield coal to his brother in the Masif Central, France.   Understanding the good luck stored in the gift, but unsure of first footing, the coal was simply burned.
Mme Viarnes ceremonially burning
the British export

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Down the Line

The works train passing Causey Crossing,
with Geoff, Bill, Dave & Rob

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Monday, 5 January 2015

Sunday, 4 January 2015

First Trains of 2015

Empty stock arriving with Owen & Steve on AW No.2;
at the back, Tom on Twizell ready to exchange the token

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Last Week's Trains

The photos below were taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:


Twizell heads out with empty stock from Marley Hill

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.   Pre booked Winter Warmers are available on the 1.30 train.   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 waiting at Andrews House ......
(photo courtesy of Dave Hewitt)

Friday, 2 January 2015

Causey Level Crossing

We've been sent a photograph of Mr Holmes, keeper at Causey Level Crossing in the 1950s

Mr Holmes at Causey Level Crossing
(photo courtesy of Mick Holmes)

Interesting Web Sites

There are many interesting web sites which show industrial, engineering, railway & social history similar to that portrayed by Tanfield Railway.   One which I discovered recently shows Marsden Village, with its links to coal, industry & the South Shields, Marsden & Whitburn Colliery Railway (the Marsden Rattler).   Whitburn Colliery was really at Marsden, which was one of only three category D villages to be razed by DCC.
Marsden Banner Group 
(photo Roy Lambeth, DMM)
Finding these web sites seems to need a combination of luck, persistence, following links & Google.   Some only exist for a short time.    Those which I find I publish on theLinks of Interest

 page.   If you find an interesting web site for inclusion, please let me know.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Xmas Eve NP Express People Again

The photos below were taken on Xmas Eve by Carl Chambers:


No.2 & Cochrane being swapped around at ET
by Matthew, Ian & David

Houses at Marley Hill

On frosty, sunny mornings a grid pattern appears
on the ground above Marley Hill shed