Did you know? Tanfield Waggonway was 4' gauge; Hawks Waggonway (Gateshead) 4'3"; Wylam Waggonway used 5' gauge; Willington Waggonway 4'8", hence Killingworth Waggonway 4'8" & from there the Stephensons' influence spread to Hetton, the S&DR, the L&MR, across Britain & the world.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Mpnday Mix

Dennis working on the door frames for ET
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, TWIZELL will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm, 2.15 pm & 3.35 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.   AW No.2 will be the pilot loco at East Tanfield.
Cochrane coming off its train at ET last Sunday
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Monday, 14 May 2018

Crane Trip

Views from the Husky propelling the crane through the beautiful Causey Woods
Why?  Where to?  See Tuesday's post later .....
(photos Courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Monday at Marley Hill

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Malcolm following our guiding principles

Saltburn Miniature Railway

Bob charging Blacklock R - the SMR's steam loco - with compressed air,
to move it back into the shed following maintenance work
Saltburn Miniature Railway is a 15" gauge line which runs from the seaside to a wooded gorge.

See the TR blog post for 30 July 2016 about Railways in Saltburn, most of which still exist - although the cliff lift is currently undergoing refurbishment.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Sunday Mixture

Logan & I prepare Cochrane at the start of the day
(photos courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Saturday on 49

Jonny drilling smokebox sides for tank support brackets
(photo courtesy of Richard Charlton)

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm, 2.15 pm & 3.35 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.   AW No.2 will be the pilot loco at East Tanfield.

The photos below were taken on Monday, & are courtesy of Dave Hewitt:
Guy hands the Sunniside token to Angela on Cochrane

Friday, 11 May 2018

Friday on 49

The photos below are courtesy of Antony Walker, except as noted**
49 this morning, with boiler lagged & in the frames

Lambton No.60

Lambton No.60 (HE 3686 / 1948) will feature at the TR 2018 gala

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Thursday at Marley Hill

Cladding 49's boiler - photos courtesy of David Watchman & Richard Charlton
Steve & Jonny fitting a cladding sheet over the insulation

Thursday at East Tanfield

Brickwork & preparation for concreting - photos courtesy of Dave Dixon
Rob cutting mesh ready for concreting

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wednesday

East Tanfield trackwork photos courtesy of Ian Cowan ; painting Andrews House by Geoff Lowe 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Tuesday at Marley Hill

Refitting the Ash pan to 49's boiler, & the boiler in the frames - photos courtesy of Ian Cowan & Jonny Charlton

Tuesday at East Tanfield

Setting up shuttering for concreting the main platform - photos courtesy of Dave Dixon

Monday, 7 May 2018

Monday

Jonny & David lagging 49's boiler - to be lifted into the frames tomorrow
(photo courtesy of Richard Charlton) 

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sunday Mix

David, David & Antony preparing Twizell
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 5 May 2018

East Tanfield Pilot

This morning, Henry sets a high presentational standard with ex-Reyrolles No.2
- which is on the back of the service train for the trip to ET
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Trains this Bank Holiday weekend

Today, Saturday, trains hauled by Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm, 2.15 pm & 3.35 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.
Cochrane passing Marley Hill signalbox in May 2017

Friday, 4 May 2018

Arty History

Currently, there are some interesting arty history programmes from the series Civilisation Stories available on BBC iPlayer:
The Art of Mining - largely based in Yorkshire

Thursday, 3 May 2018

At Marley Hill Today

Dave mowing the grassy knoll overlooking the signalbox
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

East Tanfield Again

Ian continuing to clear the platform ready for casting concrete

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018

Another Week Starts

Dennis cutting & Malcolm drilling plate for the platform at East Tanfield

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sunday Ops & Jobs

Antony & Ben preparing No.2 this morning

Engineers' 1871 Strikes

A short successful strike for a 9 hour working day by engineers in Sunderland in early 1871 led to engineers throughout NE England seeking limitation of normal working rime to 9 hours, 6 days a week.   The idea was not well received by employers, which led to engineers striking for several weeks.   At the time, unions were newly legitimate, and it wasn't long since strikes were usually treated as riots to be dealt with by troops.
European workers were shipped in to break strikes, but were persuaded by strikers
that they & all workers were being abused - they returned with their fare paid

Saturday, 28 April 2018

From our Causey Crossing Correspondent

A vehicle approaching Causey Crossing
(photo courtesy of Bob Payne)

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, ex-Keighley Gasworks No.2 will head passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm, 2.15 pm & 3.35 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.
Steve on HL No.2 leaving Andrews House with the last train of last Sunday
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Thursday, 26 April 2018

A Delivery & Other Jobs

49's boiler has returned from Newton's - the remnants of its old firebox are being slung

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

More East Tanfield

Nigel removing a square section drain pipe, fitting elbows .....

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Monday, 23 April 2018

Today's Work

Boiler inspector Graham discussing Cochrane with Ian .....
(Graham Morris Engineering 07734560802)

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Another Sunday

Ben, Matthew & Logan cleaning No.2 ready for work
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, ex-Keighley Gasworks No.2 will head passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm, 2.15 pm & 3.35 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.
No.2 at Causey in April 2016

Friday, 20 April 2018

Bobgins Environs

In the seventeenth century, around the North East (and other areas of England) there were many small industrial sites using water as a power source - people understood the mechanics of mills driven by wind or water.   Coal was used as a portable power source for heating, smelting & forging, but Newcomen engines (for pumping water) would only be developed in the eighteenth century.   In general 'bobgins' refers to a 'bobbing (or beam) engine', commonly used for pumping water out of mines in NE England - such water-powered engines were also called 'coal mills'.   Bobgins near Causey is the site of one such water driven pumping mill, being scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 - please read https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1018225 before reading on .....

The photos below were taken two weeks ago.
The site of Bobgins pumping engine at Causey
- the shaft is marked by a post in the ground shown forward & to the right of the sign board 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018