Monday, 29 February 2016

No.6's Boiler at McEwen's #2

Work continues on the repair of Renishaw Ironworks No.6's boiler at McEwen's Keighley works, from which the photos below have been sent:
The inner firebox .....

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Sunday with a Coal Train

No.2 raising steam this morning, & ready to propel the brakevan
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.40 & 3.10 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

A demonstration coal train will run at 9.40 am from Marley Hill, then between the passenger trains.

Sir Cecil A Cochrane & No.2 will be the locos in use.
No.2 & Cochrane being steamed outside Marley Hill shed, 1 February 2015
No.2 in demonstration with coal empties at Terrace Junction, 22 February 2015
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 26 February 2016

Last Sunday

The photos below were taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:
HL No.2 heading out of Marley Hill with empty stock,
passing the goods train & Twizell

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Continued Tasks

Brian & Jack working on Horden

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Continued Work

Bob, Nigel & Steve finishing the fourth & final coat on the lintels

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Some Progress

AW No.2 heading for East Tanfield .....

Closure of Local Attractions

Several nearby cultural & educational attractions have been closed or had reduced opening over recent years.    Other sites remain under threat, associated with falling visitor numbers, increasing staff costs & overheads, & reduced core funding.
Recently, Bede's World abruptly closed 
Monkwearmouth Museum may be mothballed

Monday, 22 February 2016

Sunday Extra

The photos below were taken yesterday by Angela Pickering:
Dai being encouraged in the use of the shunting pole ......

Mainly in the Workshop

Malcolm cutting & using a template to drill axlebox wear plates

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Sunday Stuff

David publishing today's event details

Sunday Preview

The photographs below were taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:
Twizell being steamed ....

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House behind Twizell at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

Goods trains headed by HL No.2 will leave at 11.15 am, 12.45, 2.15 & 3.45 pm for Sunniside, then non stop to East Tanfield & non stop return to Andrews House.   There is a supplementary charge, with limited seating on this train.

The photos below were all taken last Sunday by Dave Hewitt:
The goods train in a mystery location - can you recognize it?

Friday, 19 February 2016

Friday Fun

Peter checking the brake blocks on HL No.2 .....

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Thursday at TR

Shunting locos this morning, ready for Sunday

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

TR Today

Bob & Nigel fixing remachined brake blocks on HL No.2

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Marley Hill Shed Gable

Rob, Dave, Bill, John & I erecting scaffolding .....
(photo courtesy of Ian Cowan)

Monday, 15 February 2016

Portraying Pits prior to Photography

Thomas Harrison Hair was a Victorian painter from Newcastle, noted for his watercolours & engravings of colliery scenes in North East England in the nineteenth century.   Predating photography, these images are extremely useful in depicting industrial scenes of the time.
Friar's Goose Pumping Engine
(watercolour by TH Hair)
Friar's Goose had Stephenson pumping engines which cleared 1.5 million gallons of water a day from Tyne Main Colliery at Felling.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Another Sunday

The view from the carriage shed of Twizell & Cochrane being steamed this morning
(photo courtesy of Callum,Gilchrist)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saturday Stuff

David and Dan; converting the flat waggon...

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

Goods trains will leave at 11.15 am, 12.45, 2.15 & 3.45 pm for Sunniside, then non stop to East Tanfield & non stop return to Andrews House.   There is a supplementary charge, with limited seating on this train.

The photos below were all taken last Sunday by Dave Hewitt:
Twizell picking up waggons from Marley Hill yard .....

Friday, 12 February 2016

Friday Jobs

Vic preparing for spring grass cutting

Thursday, 11 February 2016

TR Today

Dave guiding a beam into the shed

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

More from the Shed Front

Nigel shortening one of the buttresses .....

ET Decorators

The photos below are all courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Dick chamfering a filler lath

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

News & Views of the Shed Front

Ian welding door hinges for a relocated front door
(lh photo Dave Dixon) 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Continued Work

Dave working on No.2's brake blocks

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday ... Epilogue

The photos below were taken yesterday by visiting photographer Allan Symons:
Steve & Richard setting up a new head in the miller

Sunday

Ian & David discuss the gable as Twizell waits to be steamed
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Similar Problem, Different Solution

Early 18th century buttressing of the face
of the north transept of Beverley Minster

Sunday to Come & Sunday Gone

Tomorrow is 'Branch Line Day' during which mixed (passenger & goods) trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Twizell entering Andrews House from the north last August

Friday, 5 February 2016

Friday's Work

The photos below are all courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Angela & Dave preparing Twizell

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Marley Hill Today

John removing outside lighting from the gable

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

At Marley Hill Shed

Nigel removing the first stone from the gable.....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Geoff's Gang at ET

The photos below are all courtesy of Geoff Lowe
Bill fixing plasterboard

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Marley Hill Shed Work

Dave & Bill erecting the scaffold tower in the eaves .....
(photo courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Monday, 1 February 2016

Monday in the Workshop

The photos below are all courtesy of Ian Cowan:
Eric & Jack skimming a new brake block for HL No.2