Monday, 31 October 2011

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Today's Train

Cochrane will be hauling Victorian carriages.   Note that the winter timetable starts today - four trains daily, at 11 am, 12.30, 2 and 3.30 pm
Peter takes pride in presentation .....

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Twizell at Shildon

Twizell is scheduled to leave Shildon on Monday morning, to return to Tanfield.   Below are photos taken today at Locomotion.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Thursday, 27 October 2011

East Tanfield Parts

Chris sawing purlin to rafter brackets for ET station .....

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Last Truss

Malcolm, Bill and Geoff working on the last truss
for ET station building (photo courtesy of Ian)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Public Opinion?

Some members of the public become quite taken by goings on at the railway.   If you view the blog for Sunday 9 October, we had Cochrane shunting in the yard.   I notice that someone has posted a few pictures of this at, and enthuses about the day.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Monday Work

Dave making an adapter for No.6's alternative whistle
(photo courtesy of Ian)

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Station Lighting

John has been reinstalling lighting on the platform at East Tanfield, in preparation for this year's North Pole Expresses.   Today he had a team of younger volunteers to help him (all photos courtesy of Ryan) .....

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Tomorrow's Train

Renishaw Ironworks No.6 will be hauling passenger trains at 11 am, 12.15, 1.30, 2.45 and 4 pm from Andrews House station.
No.6 at East Tanfield during the recent gala

Friday, 21 October 2011

Odd Jobs - Again

While the glory may come with our great projects, if you want to volunteer, there are plenty of mundane repeat jobs to do at Tanfield Railway, and here are some of today's:
Jim machining replacement parts - important work

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Odd Jobs

Brian and Ronnie extending the car park stair handrail
(Owen using his new vertical welding skill behind)

Twizell's Away to Locomotion

Twizell (RS 2780 of 1891) will be an ambassador for Beamish, Tanfield and NE loco builders at Locomotion (National Railway Museum, Shildon) for about two weeks.
On its way past the crossing

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Deja Vu

Bill and Geoff cutting and .....

Twizell Loan

Twizell ready to go to NRM Shildon -
but move delayed until tomorrow by the hauliers

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

East Tanfield Station Trusses

Mark cutting one of several rafter ties

Westoe Tower Wagon

The Baguley-built tower wagon for OHW maintenance
at Westoe Colliery returns to Marley Hill
(via Usworth and Wooler)

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Birthday Boy

Happy Birthday Matty the man

Today's Train

Renishaw Ironworks No.6 will be hauling passenger trains, first at 11 am, last at 4 pm from Andrews House station.
Matthews cleaning No.6

Friday, 14 October 2011

General Work

The Husky returning coal wagons to East Tanfield
following their use at last Sunday's event

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Husky Maintenance

Jim boring a brake block on the radial arm drill ....

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Track Maintenance

More sleeper changing in Causey Woods by the Tuesday track gang (Les, Bill, Malcolm, Graham, Ken and me).

Returning Agecroft No.1

A sequence showing the loading of Agecroft No.1 at East Tanfield this morning.   The loco is returning to Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), following use during our September Gala.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Today around Marley Hill Shed

No.6 will be on the passenger train - first 11 am, last 4 pm, while Cochrane will be shunting wagons at Marley Hill.
Photographers gathering to capture .....

Friday, 7 October 2011

A Job for Next Week

Setting out the roof trusses for East Tanfield
- are there any volunteer joiners out there?

Thursday, 6 October 2011

A Quiet Thursday

Firstly, for those interested in the background to the recent refurbishment of the narrow gauge tubs for Marley Hill village, see the article in the Chronicle on line (link courtesy of Chris W).

With a change in the weather, there were few volunteers or visitors at the railway today.

Ian welding the linkage on Cochrane's sandbox .....

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Chris machining a part for No.2's damper door

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Making Connections

John and team laying new lighting cable at East Tanfield
for our North Pole Express season (photo courtesy of Ian)

Monday, 3 October 2011

Special Order

The two rebuilt narrow gauge tubs were taken today
for display outside Marley Hill Village miners' homes
For more background and social detail, see the article in the Chronicle on line.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


Young Bob removing brickwork from 49's smokebox

Today's Train

Cochrane was on the minor railway 4-wheel carriages - first train 11 am, last 4 pm, from Andrews House station.   The last train only ran to Sunniside and back.
George filling Cochrane from Andrews House water tank