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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Saturday, 30 January 2016

TR Volunteers Visit GCR

Euan, Antony, Luke & Callum posing with the underframe being built for the NER 1903 Autocar 

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
No.2 nearing Bowes Bridge earlier this month
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)

Friday, 29 January 2016

Odd Jobs

Shunting ready for the 'Freight in February' events

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Work Continues .....

Colin filling joints in East Tanfield station walls
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monday, 25 January 2016

Monday Mix

Walter stamping profile gauges

Other Interests Recur

Bob Hedley at Nantwich 2016
As a member of the Sealed Knot, midweek musketeer Bob took part in the annual reenactment of the English civil war Battle of Nantwich at the weekend.   For more, search for Holly Holy Day 2016 on YouTube & see the TR blog post for 31 January 2014.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Tomorrow's Trains

The line between Causey & East Tanfield has been reopened following inspection of the abutments of the bridge over Houghwell Burn.

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.

The photos below were taken last Sunday by Ken Snowdon:

Friday, 22 January 2016

The Inner Wall Continues

Ian cutting mounting plates for door hinges

No.6's Boiler at McEwen's

Work has started on the repair of Renishaw Ironworks No.6's boiler at McEwen's Keighley works, from which the photos below have been sent:
Loading the boiler .....

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Work Today

At Houghwell Burn at East Tanfield, Chris is clearing brambles .....

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Wednesday at East Tanfield

Geoff has taken on completion of the painting of ET station, leading a team & taking photos:
Dick on the ceiling, probably with a brush in his hand

Further Fabrication

John & Steve cleaning bolts for later today

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Monday, 18 January 2016

Yesterday's Train

The photos below are all courtesy of John Turnock:
Past Causey Crossing on the way to Andrews House

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey & return.

Following recent heavy rainfall & consequent depth of Houghwell Burn, it has not been possible to closely inspect the bridge abutments at East Tanfield.   Until this has been done, the line from Causey to East Tanfield remains closed.
No.2 at Marley Hill in January 2014

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Framework Erection Starts

We started to erect the portal frame roof support and temporary steel gable today:
Rob untangling a chain block
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 11 January 2016

Monday at Marley Hill

Eric removing an axlebox oil well from AW No.2 .....

More Rattler

Following Saturday's Rattler post, someone reminded me of a SSM&WCR coal train in an episode of M Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys.   I've tracked this down to about 14 minutes into episode 11 of series 2, Newcastle to Chester le Street.   This is an excellent local episode in its entirety, covering such as the Stephensons and Marsden Village.
Still from GBRJ s2 ep11 - ex NER class C on fulls from Whitburn, passing Marsden Grotto

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Rattler

Thanks are due to Tommy, who gave me a VHS cassette on which were a few seconds of film which I had not imagined existed - an RSH 18" heading the Marsden Rattler, or more formally a passenger train on the South Shields, Marsden & Whitburn Colliery Railway.  There are other 1950s industrial railway & South Shields gems on the DVD, available from Wolverton Rail.
A still from the video - it looks like the rattler is heading away from Whitburn
Does this bring to mind anywhere else?
(from "South Shields Trolleybuses", Online Video OV462D)

Tomorrow's Trains

Pending a further detailed survey of parts of the line from Causey to East Tanfield following recent heavy rainfall, the line between these two stations is not in in passenger use.

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm for Sunniside, Causey & return.
Cochrane at Terrace Junction in January 2013, with AW No.2 banking

Friday, 8 January 2016

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Monday, 4 January 2016

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Today at Marley Hill

David machining a journal for HC No.38
(photo courtesy of David Watchman)

Tomorrow's Trains

Passenger trains will leave Andrews House for Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm.

No.2 on Causey embankment in January 2013

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year to all our readers!

The photos below were taken last Sunday, & are all courtesy of  Ken Snowdon
HL No.2 at Terrace Junction .....