Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Other Jobs

The youth team spot resleepering .....

Today's Loco

No.6 will haul trains from Andrews House station at 11 am, 12.30, 2 and 3.30 pm.   The photos below show the crew preparing No.6.

Fireman Angela cleaning wheels

Friday, 27 January 2012

Around the Railway

In the workshop .....

Chris and Owen finalising marking out of
Twizell's ashpan from the drawing

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Round the Site

Brian and Ronnie cutting steel strip for whistle signs

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Fishplate Maintenance

Near Boyd's crossing, Geoff and Bill refitting plates

EHSI Engineering Bursary Opportunities 2012/3

Last Chance!  Deadline tomorrow!  If in doubt, do it now!

In 2011/2, the North of England Civic Trust's HLF-funded Engineering Heritage Skills Initiative (EHSI) provided one year bursary placements, including at Tanfield Railway.   People concerned have featured on this blog, and the scheme is providing positive results.

Recognize any of the 2011/2 engineers?
(photo courtesy of  NECT)
Applications for bursary placements in 2012/3 are now invited, with a deadline of 26 January.   Please see  http://www.nect.org.uk/engineering-hsi/ehsi-bursary-placements  for details and an application form.    Note that previous recipients of EHSI bursaries are ineligible - the scheme is trying to assist and develop heritage skills with different engineers each year.

If you are considering this, act now and download the application form.   Read about the placements, which are at various locations in the North East, on the web site.   Take a look at the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/146740965394085/#!/groups/146740965394085/   Discuss the idea with others, eg at the railway.   If you have questions, ask others, including getting in touch with North of England Civic Trust (NECT).   If you want to develop your skills, and you have something to offer, don't hesitate, apply straight away.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

ORR Visit

Today the ORR inspector came to inspect the physical side of the railway, this was a detailed walk of the railway.   The result is that there was nothing flagged up that we did not know about, and that the planned work in the near future should bring the railway up to scratch.   More news of the proposed work will be posted soon.

Temporary Suspension of Passenger Trains on Tanfield Railway

There will be normal passenger services on Sundays 29 January, 5, 12 and 19 February 2012.

In order to expedite engineering works there will be no passenger trains on Sundays 26 February, 4 or 11 March.   Andrews House tea room and shop, and Marley Hill shed and site, will be open for visitors.

Advertised services will run on Sunday 18 March (Mothers Day), 25 March, 1 April, 6 April (Good Friday) to 9 April (Easter Monday) inclusive, etc.   See http://www.tanfield-railway.co.uk/timetable.html?201204 for more detail.

Between 20 February and 17 March we would particularly like help with trackwork - volunteers please ring Ian on 07973 855157 or Derek on 07969 146642.

Monday, 23 January 2012

General Work

Dave, Walter and Alec (below) in the workshop

Sunday, 22 January 2012

An Assortment

Danny cleaning Cochrane at the start of the day
(No.6 behind being test steamed)

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Locomotion Art

During the art exhibition opened last Saturday at NRM Shildon, video of Cochrane's fire projecting the shadow of a miniature sculpture of Carolyn Corfield's LNER/BR driver grandfather onto the tender of a Stanier 8F 2-8-0 repatriated from Turkey (photo courtesy of Carolyn).

Tomorrow's Train

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will be the loco hauling trains at 11, 12.30, 2 and 3.30 from Andrews House station.
Cochrane at Beamish in August 2010

Friday, 20 January 2012

Friday Fun

John and Malcolm helping with alignment .....

HL No.2

Photos showing recent rivetting on the firehole mouthpiece of Hawthorn Leslie 2859 of 1911 (No.2) at Bridgnorth boiler shop (courtesy of Duncan Ballard / Richard Charlton).   The crown and sling stays will be next.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Inside the culvert

Guess Where!

Ice Sculpture!

This what happens when the shed temperature falls below freezing point. the result of a dripping tricock drain on No 6. Minimum overnight temperature was -0.8 degrees C

Thursday's Tasks

Jim working on the small lathe

Monday, 16 January 2012

More from the Monday Gang

Malcolm and Phil stripping ironwork from sleepers
(with Vic in the background)

Sunday, 15 January 2012

A Bit of Everything

Chris preparing to redecorate the staff toilets -
he, Bobby and Mark made a good job of this
(photo courtesy of Mark)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Art at Locomotion

The art project mentioned in the blog on 27 July and 11 August 2011 was opened today at the NRM's Locomotion annexe at Shildon by Steve Davies, director of the National Railway Museum.
An exhibit at Locomotion

Tomorrow's Train

Sir Cecil A Cochrane will be the loco hauling trains at 11, 12.30, 2 and 3.30 from Andrews House station.

Cochrane passing Marley Hill box in June 2011

Friday, 13 January 2012

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Tuesday, 10 January 2012


Ronnie refitting the dumper's refurbished steering ram

Monday, 9 January 2012

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Today's Train

No.6 will be the loco hauling trains at 11, 12.30, 2 and 3.30 from Andrews House station.

No.6 and train at Andrews House last week
(photo courtesy of Neville Whaler)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Thursday, 5 January 2012

More Maintenance

Ian fault finding by checking hydraulic valves ....

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Back to Work

Ian, Brian and Ronnie try to start the rebuilt dumper

Monday, 2 January 2012

A Photographer's View

Some of Carl Chambers's views of the bank holiday operation.   Carl retains copyright on these photos.
David watering and adding tannins (an
oxygen scavenging treatment) to No.6

Bank Holiday Monday - Jan 2012

Richard tightens a piston rod gland on No.6

Sunday, 1 January 2012

New Year, Same Folk

 All photographs taken today, courtesy of Angela.

Inside Knox & Son's Emporium