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

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Odd Jobs

Brian setting up a job on the miller

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

ET Conrinued

The works train on its way to East Tanfield

Easter Sunday

All photos below were taken on Easter Sunday by David Harrison 

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Monday

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Richard readying No.2 for the day

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Friday, 14 April 2017

Trains This Weekend

Edwardian Easter trains run on Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday.

Today, Good FridayHL 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 about to head south from Causey in April 2016

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Mainly ET

Still drilling stay holes to tie the platform walls:
Works train on its way to East Tanfield

Wednesday Workers

Angela watching30 tonnes of Merthyr Tydfil coal coal being delivered

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

East Tanfield Today

We're preparing to repair the platform at ET:
Bill, Dave, Bob & Rob levelling .....

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday Mix

Malcolm cleaning the bore of Horden's LH cylinder
(photo courtesy of Jack Picknell)

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Today Around Tanfield Railway

David oiling under No.2's traction motor cover .....
(NB compare the Laurence Scott motor with the 1933 photo in Saturday's post)

TR Volunteers Visit the GNSF

On Saturday some of the railways volunteers took a trip over to Beamish Museum for there annual Great North Steam Fair. 

Dave, Andrew, Owen, David, Kyle, Luke, Mark, Euan, Chris and David take a trip on the Waggonway 

Sunday Views

Twizell and AW.No2 at SS with the first train of the day 

Saturday, 8 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 leaving Andrews House last Sunday
(photo courtesy of Neville Whaler)
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 .....

Friday, 7 April 2017

49 at Israel Newton's

The photos below were taken by or supplied via Richard Charlton.   They show No.49's boiler in the throes of inner firebox removal at Israel Newton's Cromford works.

Showing some back head stays having been removed

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday Jobs

Ian filling gaps in the clerestory of Marley Hill shed
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Continued Tasks

Dennis & Tony laying blocks in the bin bay

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

Workshop Monday

Peter & Jim checking that a side rod (from Horden) is level .....

Sunday, 2 April 2017

A Typical Sunday

Jonny driving Twizell out of Marley Hill this morning

Saturday, 1 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.
Preparing Twizell for steam in April 2014
(photo courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Friday, 31 March 2017

Visiting Photographer / Historian

Peter Giroux, a photographer from Darlington who keenly promotes the north east, including its history, visited the railway on Monday.   His photos are on https://www.facebook.com/petergirouximages/   

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday at TR

Jim continuing to machine the flail shaft

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Same & Different

Site visit to discuss renewal of  platform edges at East Tanfield
- this job will be undertaken prior to completing MH toilets

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday at TR

Steve recladding the toilet doorway with a better finish .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 27 March 2017

In the Workshop

Angela cutting a gasket for Cochrane

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Fine Spring Day

Angela & the great permutation of carriages this morning

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, on the first day of our 5 train summer timetable following clocks going forward one hour, 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.

Note that tickets for travel are available on the day as usual - Sold Out on the Mothers Day page refers to the cake carriage.
No.2 passing Marley Hill signalbox in March 2016
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Then & Now

I came across an interesting on line facility available from the National Library of Scotland.   It allows you to view an old OS map alongside & synchronized with a current satellite view.

Some examples:
1.  The route of the Marsden Rattler - follow it south east to the paper mill beyond Whitburn Colliery, or head west to Whitburn Colliery Junction on the Pontop & South Shields Branch, & beyond
http://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/sidebyside.cfm#zoom=16&lat=54.9911&lon=-1.4101&layers=6&right=BingHyb 
The Marsden Rattler

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday Team

Geoff painting ceiling joists in the new ladies toilet

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Continued Jobs

Nigel making a dome cover gasket for Cochrane

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Typical Day

Nigel, Steve & Maggie cladding a doorway
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 20 March 2017

Great War Weekend People

The photographs below were taken last weekend by Graeme Kitching:

Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Few from Today

Richard making a replacement steel blastpipe for No.49

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Great war weekend Saturday

Chris lighting Twizell...

Friday, 17 March 2017

Trains This Weekend

This is Great War Weekend at Tanfield Railway.
Durham Pals at Andrews House in March 2016

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Doors & Boards

Jim & Brian inspecting the flail shaft

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

A Few Tasks

Steve, Steve & Bob removing the decayed footbridge beam
(photo courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday Team

John installing electrics

Monday, 13 March 2017

Loco Work

Dave milling a cotter for Horden

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Based Around the Signalbox Today

David clearing molehills .....
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, the last day of the four train winter timetable, No. 2 will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, 11.50 am, 1.15 pm & 2.35 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

No.2 heading for Sunniside in March 2016
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Various Jobs

Ian checking that Angela has pressed Cochrane's boiler
to 1.5 times its working pressure (a hydraulic test) .....

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Wednesday Workers

Dennis & Steve continuing the wainscot in the toilets

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Tuesday's Work

Steve cutting plasterboard .....