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*** Covid-19 *** Tanfield Railway is closed. More information on the TR web.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Some Hartlepool History

Continuing to look at old footage, this silent film turned up about the attack on the NE coast by the German Navy early in WWI.
(still from film - Yorkshire Film Archive)

Hartlepool had a naval gun battery on the Headland which was targeted, & the town was a considerable port, industrial & railway centre at the time.   The bombardment continued to the undefended fishing ports of Whitby & Scarborough.   The film shows the aftermath which could be made public without affecting wartime secrecy & security, while increasing anti German feeling.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

A Bad Month

Two boiler explosions occurred at Marley Hill and Andrews House collieries within about a month of each other in 1866.   The Newcastle Courant reported as follows:
Newcastle Courant June 1 1866

Friday, 3 April 2020

A Visit to a New Zealand Heritage Railway

Neil Morgan recently visited & took these photos at the Pleasant Point Railway in South Island, New Zealand:
 At Pleasant Point station, a railcar replica / rebuild on a model T truck chassis
These were tried on NZ branches around the 1920s -  unpopular at the time, but now cherished
(Google Colonel Stephens model T railcar for photos of UK examples)

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Horden Features

Work has stalled for the moment, but Horden is still in the news .....

Horden at Shotton Colliery in 1971
(photo copyright Gordon Edgar - see

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Old Track in South Shields

See the previous post of 5 January 2019 about South Shields Stations for some background.
There are still rails in Shadwell Street, looking west towards Wapping Street .....

Friday, 27 March 2020

North East Film Archive

Something for the weekend - another few interesting videos examples, this time from NEFA / YFA, featuring several from Tyne Tees TV:

Following the closure of Consett steelworks:

Preceding the closure of Shildon Wagon Works:
Sorry - Shildon video not freely available - more from NEFA /YFA next week to make amends ......

Frank Atkinson describes Beamish Museum:

A short film about Beamish, showing much of early Marley Hill preservation at 3mins 50 secs: 

Sunderland on cup final day 1973: 

A general search of the archive: