Thursday, 31 March 2016

Work Continues

Dave & Chris levelling a portakabin

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Paint & Concrete

Dave painting & Dennis cutting fillers
(photos courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Dave's Gable

Dave shortening concrete blocks .....

Monday, 28 March 2016

Easter Monday

Antony preparing Cochrane's fire at Marley Hill station .....
(photo courtesy of David Reed)

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter Sunday Operations

Luke cleaning HL No.2

Saturday, 26 March 2016

More from Good Friday

The photos below are courtesy of John Turnock:
Cochrane & No.2 at Marley Hill - they weren't in use, 
but will be on Sunday & Monday

Friday, 25 March 2016

Good Friday

The photos below are all courtesy of Bob Payne:

Kyle helping to get Twizell ready this morning

Easter Weekend Trains

Today, Good Friday, Twizell will take trains at 10.30, 11.45, 1.15, 2.30 & 3.45 from Andrews House to Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Twizell passing Marley Hill signalbox, Easter 2013

Thursday, 24 March 2016

A Variety

Taking early morning delivery .....
(photo courtesy of Ian Cowan)

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

ET Painters

The photos below are all courtesy of team leader Geoff Lowe :

Dennis & Dave on ladder & brush

More Gable

Steve unloading blocks

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Mainly Gable End

Dave offloading blocks onto the working platform

Monday, 21 March 2016

Mainly in the Workshop

The photos below are all courtesy of Ian Cowan:
Brian reaming Horden's frames for a drive bolt

Sunday, 20 March 2016


The Pickerings prepare their loco for the day

Tanfield Magazine

The latest magazine produced by the Tanfield Railway Association is now being distributed to subscribing members.
The front cover features gala visitors; inside is
comment & story on the June 2015 gala

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Hitachi Rail UK

Yesterday evening there was an SLS talk in the Mining Institute (NEIMME ) by Jim Brewin, Head of Business Development for Hitachi Rail UK.   He outlined Hitachi's plan for train construction at their Newton Aycliffe plant.
Also yesterday, Richard Branson was showing off Virgin's new Azuma (Hitachi AT300)
for the East Coast route, with Kings X to Waverley in 4 hours

Tomorrow's Trains

Clocks go forward on Sunday 27 March, so tomorrow we stick with four passenger trains leaving Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.40 & 3.10 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return, headed by Cochrane.
No.2 & Cochrane leave Marley Hill with an additional carriage in March 2014

Friday, 18 March 2016

No.2 on 6 March

The photos below are all courtesy of Ken Snowdon:
Keighley GasWorks No.2 bringing the empty stock out of Marley Hill

University Theses

One of the advantages of the Internet is wider & convenient access to research material.   Like most universities, Durham publishes theses, some of which cover local industrial, social & economic history.   Try Durham's search with the title John Bowes & Partners to access Mountford's 1967 work.

For those who would like to read a book, try Tomlinson's North Eastern Railway of 1915 from the University of California.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Tanfield Duo

Bill touching up ET window frames
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Wednesday Workers

Dave & Bill in the sales room at East Tanfield
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

A Few Shots from Today

Shunting the second Acaster saloon, which is going off site

Monday, 14 March 2016

In the Workshop

Dave & Peter discussing Horden's side rod brasses

Sunday, 13 March 2016

WWI Sunday

Durham Pals in discussion at Andrews House

Saturday, 12 March 2016

WWI Saturday

The photos below are all courtesy of David Reed:
Henry setting the road for the run round at Sunniside

Trains This Weekend

Today & tomorrow, Twizell will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm to Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

On both days, Durham Pals & others will help us commemorate WWI - see the Tanfield Railway web for more information.

Twizell at Andrews House in February
(Photo courtesy of Dave Hewitt)

Friday, 11 March 2016

End of the Week

Vic seeking material with which to fill holes in the road

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Continued Jobs

Bill & Colin at East Tanfield .....
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Wednesday Work

Steve & Bob preparing to fit the final new Armstrong oiler to AW No.2
(the first three were fitted last Sunday)

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


Rob cleaning a point rodding compensator base .....

Monday, 7 March 2016

Today's Work

Angela collating & checking loco records

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Sunday Around the Railway

Chris steaming & me oiling No.2
(photos courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 5 March 2016

More of Coal Train Day

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

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.
No.2 returned to service in March 2013, & is seen passing Marley Hill signalbox
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Friday, 4 March 2016

Last Sunday's Trains

 The photos below were all taken last Sunday by Dave Hewitt:
No.2 with coal empties in Causey Woods .....

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Work & Exercise

Colin painting picture rails at East Tanfield
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Open Days

FODMs (Friends of Discovery Museum) visited Tanfield Railway last November, to learn about us.
TLMTL greets FODMs chairman
FODMs' quarterly open meeting, open to the public, is next Tuesday 8 March at 12.30 in the Carpathia Room of the Discovery Museum.   The agenda includes a report on the visit to Tanfield Railway.

Bowes Railway open days are this weekend, Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 March.
February open day from Bowes Railway blog 

Mainly ET

My job today - insulating & further work on the roof of Pontop Canteen

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Some of Today's Work

Dave cutting sheets to length .....