Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

Vic's Back

(photo courtesy of Ian Cowan) 

Charter Photos

The photos below were taken during the private charter of the railway on Friday 19 June 2015, and are all courtesy of Ken Snowdon:

Friday morning raising steam outside Marley Hill shed

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Tomorrow's Trains

Nobel's Explosives No.2 is scheduled to take passenger trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1 pm, 2.15 pm 3.30 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

Pontop Canteen will be open in the carriage shed, alongside art & craft market stalls - see the main TR web for details.

No.2 running round its train at Sunniside last month

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monday, 22 June 2015

Saturday Gala Volunteers

The photos below were taken by Stu Armstrong on Saturday:
Luke & Ben on coal duty

Front Page News - Updated

On the front page of the Newcastle Journal this morning
Story inside the Journal and on line 
Related press articles:

Sunniside LHS Visit

Jonathan Wallace took photos yesterday while visiting the railway with other members of Sunniside Local History Society:
There are more photos on Jonathan's Flickr site 

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Even More Gala Prep

Diesels galore - but which one is working?
(photo courtesy of Nigel Wheeler)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Gala prep: day 2

Owen painting the frames and wheels of the
plywood van.

More Gala Prep

Loading ash ballast near Terrace Junction .....

Bicentary of S&DR

The Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2025.   Friends of the S&DR are holding a conference at NRM Shildon this week to plan the celebrations, which includes a bid for world heritage status.   A few of our volunteers are manning a stall during the conference to advertise Tanfield Railway (which will celebrate the tercentenary of the Tanfield Waggonway in the same year).

The Brusselton Incline Group are also attending the conference.   The Incline fed coal onto the S&DR, and a walk was organised to view the recently excavated stone sleepers on the route east from the site of the stationary engine.

Looking east down from Brusselton engine; looking west up to the site of the engine
(photos courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Saturday work

Luke with the ticket shed for the Gala
Bobby trying to avoid the camera.

Inside Marley Hill Shed

All photos below taken on 7 June, courtesy of Ken Snowdon 

Marley Hill engine shed was built by 1854 for the Pontop & Jarrow Railway extension to Byermoor.   It is the oldest engine shed in the world still in use for its original purpose of housing steam locomotives.
On the left, Keighley Gasworks No.2, which is in use today

Last Sunday's Trains

The photos below were taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:
Dave (guard) & Ian (duty officer) chatting at Marley Hill station
before the departure of the empty stock

Tomorrow's Trains

Two green Newcastle-built 4 coupled steam locomotives will double head passenger trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1 pm, 2.15 pm 3.30 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return .....
No.2 & Cochrane running round their train at East Tanfield last month

..... and the new Pontop Cafe on Marley Hill shed site will be serving hot food & drinks for the first time .....
The cafe opens directly into the carriage shed

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Leading up to the Gala

Martin working on cabinet fronts and floor covering in the cafe, which will be in use at the gala

Monday, 8 June 2015

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Tomorrow's Trains

A green Newcastle-built 4 coupled steam locomotive will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at  10.30 am, 11.45 am, 1 pm, 2.15 pm 3.30 pm  for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return .....
..... but it won't be this one - L&HC No.14 seen in Marley Hill shed

Friday, 5 June 2015

Pontop View Café

Painting the cafe floor on Thursday
The cafe at the side of the carriage shed is due to come into use next weekend, as a practice run before the gala the following weekend.   Thanks to all those who have worked on it in the past few weeks.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Work Continues

30 tonnes of Welsh coal delivered this morning to see firemen through the gala

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Monday, 1 June 2015