Friday, 30 June 2017

One Job

Horden's RH eccentric rods are bent - Brian locates the bend in one

At Bowes Railway This Weekend

See the Bowes Railway Blog for how the railway is taking part in the 1940s Weekend at Springwell Village.
Bowes Railway open day early this month
(photo by Dave Hewitt from Bowes Railway Blog)

Thursday, 29 June 2017


Peter & Brian selecting & checking shims for Horden's side rods

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Mainly Toilets

Dave wiring the new radial arm drill in the workshop

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Mainly Tiling

Brian setting up a job in the Crowthorn lathe .....

Monday, 26 June 2017

In the Workshop

Malcolm & Dennis connecting Horden's RH valve gear

Tanfield 2017 Gala Video

Twizell with a mixed train at Andrews House during the 2017 Gala 
(photo & video courtesy of Dave Dixon)
Click on the photo or caption above to watch the Tanfield 2017 Gala on YouTube, or use the URL 

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday Mix

Tom handing over the Sunniside token as No.2 propels the empty stock into Andrews House

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday with a train

Chris lighting no.2

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 at Andrews House

Friday, 23 June 2017

Coal Train

The Planet with coal empties at Causey Crossing .....

Thursday, 22 June 2017

A Day of Two Halfs

The first half was a video sponsored by & for Heart Radio on behalf of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which is promoting rural Gateshead
Peter chatting with Ian as he prepares Cochrane for testing following a tank washout;
Cochrane is also the train engine today

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

More Jobs

Nigel laying the first floor tile in the new toilets

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Few Jobs

Dave & Rob mixing self levelling compound .....

Monday, 19 June 2017

Today in the Workshop

Walter & Malcolm discussing Horden's safety valves

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday Gala Locos & People

Chris, Alex & David arriving at Andrews House on HL No.2

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Saturday Gala Locos

Chris offering the Sunniside token as Cochrane passes

Friday, 16 June 2017

2017 Gala Timetables

Click on a timetable to enlarge it.   For more information see the main TR web 

49's Boiler

A patch ready to weld into place on the lower outer firebox side at Newton's .....
(photo courtesy of John Eastwood via Richard Charlton)

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thursday Evening

David starting the final coat of gloss on no.1

Time in the Toilets

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon :
Bill mixing self levelling compound ...... 


PHOTOGRAPHIC EVENING - Friday 16th June, 6pm - 10pm.
Calling all photographers! This unique event will be a special chance to capture our Legends of Industry Gala visitors and home fleet locomotives around Marley Hill Engine Shed at twilight.
Tickets £10pp (on the door/online)

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Wednesday Lads by Geoff

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe :
Shaun painting the carriage shed doors

Collecting Linda

All photos below were taken by Angela Pickering

The planet and Linda at East Tanfield ready for the journey to Marley Hill.

Wednesdays Gala Prep

Ben sanding no.1s side in preparation for its final coat of gloss.

Seaside Bridges

I remember some bits of the Marsden Rattler, so this:
Footpath to the Moray Firth under the line into Banff harbour station

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Tuesday Evening

David marking out recycled T&G from no.1s side for use in the gates.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Ugly's Arrival

All photos below are thanks to Angela Pickering. 

David Varnishing no.1's tables. 

More from Yesterday

The photos below were taken yesterday by Ken Snowdon :

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sunday Operations

Alan operating the carriage shed ground frame .....

Saturday, 10 June 2017


David oiling Cochrane.

Tomorrrow's Trains

Today, SaturdaySir Cecil A Cochrane is hauling privately hired trains, & the railway is closed to the public.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 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 and train passing a track gang at Causey Bankwell Farm in June 2012

Friday, 9 June 2017

49 - Further Boiler Progress

Countersinking stay holes on the throat plate at Newton's 
(photo courtesy of John Eastwood via Richard Charlton)

Advert from the Campaign for Borders Rail - through a different Gala

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Another Rainy Day

Jim making collars for Horden's brake rigging

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Continued Jobs

Peter preparing one of Horden's springs

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Wet Day Jobs

Steve & Dave do initial checks on a flail for the trackside

Monday, 5 June 2017

Gala Visitors

We're excited to announce that 'Ugly' No.62 from the Spa Valley Railway - Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent and No.3931 'Linda' from Ribble Steam Railway & Museum will be our star guests at Legends of Industry - 17th & 18th June!

Monday Men at Work

Eric cleaning one of four leading springs for Horden
(the rear two new springs have been fitted)

Invitation from Geoff

Geoff Lowe invites Tanfield volunteers to meet at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle from 7pm tonight, Monday 5 June.
The Bridge Hotel is at the north end of the High Level Bridge

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday Ops

Guy at the ground frame as No.2 shunts the carriage shed

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Saturday Assortment

David preparing the metal top on No.1s balcony tops for painting...

49's Boiler Progress

Weld preparation on the firebox doorplate at Newton's 
(photo courtesy of John Eastwood via Richard Charlton)

This Weekend's Trains

Today, there are no trains Saturday daytime.  Murder on the Tanfield Express is fully booked Saturday evening, when the Express will be hauled by Keighley Gasworks No.2.   (Tickets are available for the July murder.)
Kyle & Steve on No.2 last June

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Fun

Ian making a brace to repair the grass cutter

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Checking the Crane

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
The crane jib is lowered to Marley Hill platform .....

Thursday Tasks

Jim working on drain valves