Sunday, 28 May 2017

Some Sunday Stuff

Alan shunting carriages this morning

Saturday, 27 May 2017

At Andrews House Now

Antony the guard

Trains This Weekend

Today, Saturday, Sir Cecil A. Cochrane will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Cochrane crossing Houghwell Burn in May 2016
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Few from Friday

Ian replacing the plug hollowing topping up
rhe boiler ready for Cochrane's weekend

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Some Like it Hot

Brian fitting a collar; Barry drilling a collar for Horden

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

A Hot Day

Colin painting MH shed doors; Shaun sanding the carriage shed doors
(photos courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A Summer's Day at East Tanfield

Ian repacking a gauge glass drain from Twizell

From the Bowes Railway Blog

The Bowes Railway has taken delivery of two Ruston 165 HP diesel electric locomotives
donated by Port of Sunderland Authority.   Read more in the Bowes Blog for May 2017.
(photo Bowes Railway)

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday in the Workshop

Barry using the new lathe to make bushes for Horden's brake gear

Sunday, 21 May 2017

A Few From Today

Dave checking his brakes at Marley Hill .....

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Tonight

Tonight we are hosting our 5th 'Music at Marley Hill', this year staring 70's folk rock group Lindisfarne alongside The Lake Poets.
Tickets are available on our website (link below) as well as on the door.
http://www.tanfieldrailway.co.uk/index.php?page=music-at-marley-hill

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sir Cecil A. Cochrane will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
George driving Cochrane up Causey west incline in May 2016
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 19 May 2017

49's Firebox Progress

At Newton's, heating 49's new firebox doorplate for flanging
(photo courtesy of John Eastwood at Israel Newton's, via Richard Charlton)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

At Marley Hill & East Tanfield

Jim making a collar

Music at Marley Hill

Music at Marley Hill :: Lindisfarne + The Lake Poets - Saturday 20th May
Come join us for a special night of music as we welcome the legendary 70's folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE and the amazing Lake Poets.
Limited tickets available here - http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk/shop/index.php?event_id=763
Sponsored by The Stables Brewery, Beamish Hall

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Today at TR

Colin & Geoff painting Marley Hill shed doors
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

East Tanfield Platform

Steve & Bob man the gates to let the works train through

Monday, 15 May 2017

Workshop Monday

Malcolm setting up a job on the miller

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mainly Operations

Jonny oiling No.2 ready for the day

Progress with No.1

Callum painting No.1's floor

Saturday, 13 May 2017

15" Gauge

I recently visited the RH&DR, which at 13 miles is the longest "minimum gauge" railway in the UK.   15" gauge lines often carry tourists, examples being at Cleethorpes, Heatherslaw, Kirklees, Ravenglass, Romney & Saltburn.   I've found the staff on such lines to be welcoming, friendly, interested & helpful.
Pacific "Winston Churchill" bringing its train into Hythe

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, No.2 will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
No.2 & crew wait at Andrews House last Sunday

Friday, 12 May 2017

Two Jobs

Ian making a spark arrestor for No.2

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A Few More Jobs

Dave wiring the compressor in the lean to

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

A Few Jobs

Dave clearing part of the lean to, to allow the compressor to be moved in,
to give more space in the workshop for the new machine tools

Monday, 8 May 2017

Workshop Etc

Dave taking a shine to the new lathe

Sunday Stuff

Antony & Steve crewing No.2 today

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, No.2 will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
No.2 passing Marley Hill signalbox on the way to Sunniside in May 2014
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 5 May 2017

End of the Week

Vic mowing the picnic area

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Continuing Jobs

Peter using a mirror to view No.2's LH clack valve seat .....

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

At Marley Hill Today

Colin gloss painting wainscot in the toilets
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Replacing Workshop Equipment

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:

Tom dragging out the lathe which is to be replaced

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday Variety

Peter propelling his train into Andrews House.

May Day Mix

The photos below are all courtesy of Angela Pickering:

Ian coaling Andrews House platform

Scans of Old TR Photos

Ballast brakes which became carriage nos. 4 & 3, with Marley Hill pit behind
(photo by Alan Thompson?)

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday with Progress

Tom, Logan & Ben cleaning Twizell this morning ......

Saturday, 29 April 2017

New Machine Tools

The photos below are courtesy of Ian Cowan:
Vertical borer being removed from current location

Trains This Weekend

Tomorrow, Sunday, Twizell will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Jonny driving Twizell out of Marley Hill earlier this month

Friday, 28 April 2017

Ralph Hedley

Ralph Hedley was a painter of the people, places and events in North East England in later Victorian & Edwardian times.  The examples below are on display in the Laing.
Geordie Haa'd the Bairn, 1890
(miner left holding the bairn in his one room cottage)

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday Variety

Jim making more pins for Horden
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

More Machine Tools

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Steve & Ian removing the radial arm drill

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Machine Tools

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Steve & Dave jacking up the work table of the radial arm drill ..... 

Monday, 24 April 2017

Progress on 49's Firebox

The photos below are courtesy of John Eastwood at Israel Newton's via Richard Charlton: 
The remnants of 49's inner firebox being lifted out .....

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Another Sunday

Logan cleaning Twizell's wheels

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Twizell will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm, 2.35 pm & 3.55 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Twizell passing Causey car park exit in April 2013

Tomorrow is also a Lord Armstrong Family Fun day, when our Armstrong Whitworth diesel electric loco will be in Andrews House station, with public access to the cab, & its history explained as below, by David Watchman:

Friday, 21 April 2017

John Wilson Carmichael

There are many well known artists associated with NE England, one of whom was John Wilson Carmichael, a landscape & maritime painter.   I first published a Carmichael painting on this blog a year ago, showing what eventually became the terminus of the Tanfield Branch.   Carmichael produced several railway scenes in NE England in the mid 19th century.
Victoria Viaduct over the River Wear

Thursday, 20 April 2017

ET Again

Jim working on an oil pot