Monday, 31 July 2017

Workshop on Monday

Alan setting up to attach Horden's reverser quadrant

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Bear Sunday

The director's cut featuring fewer bears ....
Jim milling a key for Horden's reverser linkage .....

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Bear Saturday

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
David preparing to grapple with bears as he oils round

Bowes Railway Blog Updated

The Bowes Railway Blog reports that Bowes is open Thursday to Sunday this summer

Trains This Weekend

This is the first weekend of the school summer holidays, in which trains run on Saturday, Sunday & Thursday.

Today, Saturday, Cochrane 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.
Cochrane arriving at Andrews House from the north in July 2016

Friday, 28 July 2017

A Few Photos from Friday

Vic mowing the car park

Stockton Camera Club Visit

An example taken last Sunday & available on Stockton CC's Flickr account
(photo from Stockton Camera Club via Angela Pickering)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Thursday Mix

Peter relinquishing the token while taking the empty stock to Andrews House

Today's Trains

Today, the first Thursday of the school summer holidays, ex Redheugh Gasworks loco Sir Cecil A Cochrane 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 near Causey Crossing last July

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Wet Day work

Nigel sealing around sinks

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

ET Platform

Steve watching the crane in ET sewage works as he wets
the dumper bucket in anticipation of a delivery of concrete
(photo courtesy of Ian Cowan)

Monday, 24 July 2017

Heritage Open Days

Tanfield Railway will take part in the annual Heritage Open Days from Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 September 2017.
L&HC No.14 appears in the Tanfield Railway HOD entry 
Volunteer guides are needed!   Contact Angela if you would consider helping.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Sunday Shots

Steve & Matthew checking Cochrane as Logan & Alex clean it

Saturday, 22 July 2017

First Holiday Saturday

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
David oiling Cochrane

49's Boiler Progress

49's boiler is under repair at Israel Newton's boiler workshop in Matlock.

The photos below are courtesy of John Eastwood of Newton's, via Richard Charlton.
The material of 49's boiler backhead was found to contain impurities.
It was decided to cut out the defective plate.

Trains This Weekend

This is the first weekend of the school summer holidays, in which trains run on Saturday, Sunday & Thursday.

Today, Saturday, Cochrane 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.
Callum running Cochrane round the train at Sunniside earlier this month

Friday, 21 July 2017

TR Today

Tom cleaning Cochrane ready for the afternoon

Rocket to Return

The Science Museum announced yesterday that Stephenson's Rocket is to return to Newcastle for the Great Exhibition of the North in summer 2018.   NewcastleGateshead were selected as Exhibition hosts in October 2016 from competitors across the North of England.
Extract from the front page of today's Newcastle Journal 
There are several replicas of the Rocket, but this is the historic original.   It was heavily modified after 1829, eg with larger lower-pitched cylinders, and successively improved fireboxes (now missing).
The success of Rocket at Rainhill led directly to the rapid development of loco building on Tyneside, which is a key feature of today's Tanfield Railway.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Today's Work

Jim having trouble with the miller

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Another Day

Bill making spacers for toilet cubicles

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Today at Marley Hill

Dave, Bill, Colin & Steve dig a channel to install a vent for the septic tank

Monday, 17 July 2017

Workshop Monday & Metro Control

Malcolm assembling the safety valves
on Horden's dome cover

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Sunday Stuff

Alex & Ben cleaning Twizell's tubes

Saturday, 15 July 2017

NewcastleGateshead Promo

Recently, a video promoting attractions in rural Gateshead was produced by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative in conjunction with Heart radio.   The resulting video (which includes TR) is on the Heart website for the next couple of weeks.
TR features briefly in the NGI / Heart video promo 

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, 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.
View from a carriage verandah - Luke drives Cochrane under Gibraltar Bridge last Sunday

Friday, 14 July 2017

Armstrong Whitworth 1931

Peter loaned me copies of "The Locomotive / Railway Carriage & Wagon Review" for the first 6 months of 1931.   Adverts & articles in these magazines clearly show a push by Armstrong Whitworth into the railway market:

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Continuations

Malcolm unfastening Horden's cab floor

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Waterworks

Nigel & Bill setting up the pipework for the drainage field

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

More Toilets

Dave & Steve in the ladies
(photo courtesy of Colin Gibson)

Historic Electric

Recently I've been sent links which may be of interest to the electrically minded of South Shields :
Still from a newly published YouTube video of the Harton system in the late 1980s
- here shewing AEG No.9 running alongside an early Metro at Chichester
(still, link & video courtesy of Richard Youl) 

Monday, 10 July 2017

In the Workshop & Sheds

Barry setting up a brake crank for Horden, for drillimg

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Sunday Around TR

Richard refitting bolts to 49's cylinder block

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sir Cecil Algernon 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.   A warm sunny & cloudy day is forecast.
Callum & Tom on Cochrane at Andrews House on a damp July day in 2015

Gala Backtrack #6

Friday

You don't quite realise how big of a loco UGLY is until you see it from the Lambton Van. 

Friday, 7 July 2017

Friday Tasks

David...

Gala Backtrack #5

The photos below are courtesy of Ken Snowdon:

Friday 16 June 2017 - afternoon photo charter

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Toilets

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Geoff marking skirting boards .....

Gala Backtrack #4

The photos of people below are courtesy of Carl Chambers:

A Ran Tanner being photographed by David .....

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Today in the Carriage Shed

The photos below are courtesy of Nigel Wheeler:
Ian working on the drainage field

Gala Backtrack #3

The photographs & captions below are courtesy of Michael Denholm:

Friday 16 June 2017 - afternoon photo charter
Two visitors outside the shed at Marley Hill

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Gala Backtrack #2

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Hewitt:

Friday Evening
Cochrane, No.21 & Twizell raise steam outside Marley Hill shed

Monday, 3 July 2017

Gala Backtrack #1

The photos below are courtesy of Stu Armstrong:

Saturday
Logan & Andrew watering No.21

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Today

Guy the guard checking his train at Sunniside .....

Yesterday

Young Bob driving No.22 at Bowes Railway on Saturday
- the loco has since been stopped for its 10 year boiler test
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, 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.
Alan - happy to drive Cochrane in July 2012