Sunday, 31 July 2011

Today's Train

Today's train will be No. 6 with the Victorian carriages 5 to 9.   First train from Andrews House station at 11 am, last at 4 pm.
Tom and Dan cleaning No. 6

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Tyneside Built Locos

The Tanfield Railway has a few key aims, one of which is to present the products of Tyneside locomotive builders such as Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns.

For those who are interested, there is a list of  Tyneside built locomotives at Marley Hill.   When you visit us, you can bring the list and do some train spotting!

Friday, 29 July 2011


20 tons of  Daw Mill  trebles delivered by UK Coal
from Coventry by lorry last night .....

Thursday, 28 July 2011


Brian fixing a diesel leak on the Husky

Thursday's Loco

Similar to yesterday, but better weather today
Quite full trains yesterday, perhaps more visitors today

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Tuesday, 26 July 2011


Beware of a bloke in a xmas jumper with a mobile phone!

Clever Turning

Jim turning a new injector steam valve spindle for Sir Cecil A Cochrane.   This replacement incorporates stainless steel inserts to help reduce maintenance of the valve.

Agricultural Department

Vic, Brian and Ronnie tackle an oil leak on the Fergie

Tomorrow's Train

Tomorrow is the start of Wednesday and Thursday steam train running for five weeks, during the school summer holidays.   First train will be 11 o'clock from Andrews House station, last train 3.30 pm.

"Sir Cecil A Cochrane" will be hauling the modern (1940s) 4-wheel stock.
Please refer to the  Tanfield Railway  web site and click the  Events  button for more information, including the detailed timetable.

Lineside Maintenance

John strims at Andrews House station


This lady was born & lived as a child in the
crossing keeper's house here at Causey

Monday, 25 July 2011

Loco Maintenance

Fitting the remachined injector steam valve on Cochrane

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Around the Site

Tommy trying to recall the combination on his wallet

Loco Preparation

No.3 "Twizell" being cleaned by the 'A' team before the day's work

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Tomorrow's Trains

Twizell will be the loco of the day.   First train 11 am - Victorian carriages.

No.6 will be test steamed again, and if successful will be used on later trains.   Last train 4 pm.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Photographers' Delights

The shed and yard regularly attract photographers individually and in clubs, from all over North East England.   On talking with them, it appears that they are in contact and competition, vying for the perfect composition, either close up or panoramic.   They also spread the word about the place, leading to commercial and advertising photoshoots.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Blog Blog

Please click the Home button above if you have entered the blog at this post.

This TR Blog has been available for two weeks, and has had 1000 hits.

We would welcome feedback and contributions - click the About button above.

Puzzle corner no.1 was recognized by only one person, as far as I know.   Puzzle no.2 is a little nearer to Marley Hill, so may be easier.   Email your answer  to

No prizes yet, but perhaps the commercial dept can offer something.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

More Maintenance

Usual Tuesday -  shop open for visitors (last Tuesday for a while - Wed & Thu running next week).   The girls (Brenda, Susan, Margaret (with Benji)) gardening, Angela cleaning carriages (with Dave), Rob painting, Chris and Jim machining,Vic mowing, Alan odd jobbing, Ian engineering, John rewiring the crane to enable easier swapping of the power unit, and a track gang (Bill, Les, me) doing main line work this morning, repairs in the yard this afternoon between showers:

Monday, 18 July 2011

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Sunday's Event - Music & Machines

Colin, Fred and helpers at Causey Arch station
erecting tents for the event

The trains will be "Twizell" on the Victorian carriages, and "Sir Cecil A Cochrane" on the 1940s 4-wheel stock.   From Andrews House station, the first passenger train will be at 10 am, the last at 4.25 pm.   Normal fares apply, including £8 for an adult ticket (valid for travel all day).

See Tanfield Railway / Events / Music & Machines for more details, including the timetable.


Smile!  (photo courtesy of Chris W)

Thursday, 14 July 2011

New Entrance

Brenda Pearce planting the entrance border, hope they grow!

Renishaw Ironworks No.6

The replacement steam pipe has been fabricated, machined and fitted, the header and regulator have been refitted.

Lifting the dome onto No.6

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Trustees Meeting

The Tyneside Locomotive Museum Trust meets monthly


Resleepering continues in the woods,
with Geoff and Malcolm turning the screws

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Tuesdays - Visit or Volunteer

A welcome awaits visitors,  and work awaits volunteers.

The teashop in Andrews House station is open on
Tuesdays, on a trial basis for summer 2011
No trains run on Tuesdays, but the shed and site are open to visitors.

Monday, 11 July 2011

In the Machine Shop

Malcolm threading the brake return adjuster for HL No.2

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Mission Improbable

0-6-0ST "Horden" (AB1015 built 1904) being cleaned
"Horden" last worked at Shotton Colliery near Peterlee in 1972

Team Work

Refitting the coupling rods on No.6

Driver & Loco of the Day

Stewart (19xx) oiling Twizell (1891) outside Marley Hill Shed (1854)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Education Matters

We are working with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) to develop education at Marley Hill.
Me, Margaret, Ryan and John at Segedunum learning about 'creative enquiry'.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Loco Work

Chris at work on HL No.2's new smokebox.
The boiler repairs are well advanced at Severn Valley.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

ET Station Foundations Complete

Some shots of work on Monday and Tuesday of this week

Last pour done, and the lone compactor circles

818 Revisits TR

Beamish Museum's NER 818 landing at East Tanfield for
storage between events at NYMR and Kirkby Stephen.