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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Monday, 28 November 2016


The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:

Mid 20th Century Consett

Consett Steel -1967 - Another historical gem from BFI, showing Consett as a single industry town, including the transport & processing of raw materials to finished product (26 mins)

There are many more films freely available for viewing from the British Film Institute.   (NB this website may be slow to respond initially.)   I selected a few more 20th century NE gems for the blog post of 12 November.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Views of Saturday's North Pole Express

The photos below were taken on Saturday 26 November by Ken Snowdon:
Twizell heading the Express .....

49 Work

Jonny stabilizing 49's tank on its frames .....
(photo courtesy of Richard Charlton)

NPE Day 1

Luke cleaning Twizell.

Trains This Weekend

An Express approaches the North Pole in 2015
(photo Paul Kingston of North News)
This year, we will be using Twizell as the train engine, and either No.2 or Cochrane as a banker.   Tomorrow and Sunday, HL No.2 will be at the south end.

Friday, 25 November 2016

North Pole Prep

Shunting carriages ready for the North Pole Express, which starts tomorrow

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

A Bright Day

Bob, Steve & Steve digging a hole for a water run off percolation test

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Monday, 21 November 2016

A Rainy Day

Jonny, Richard & Ian stacking bits of 49 on its frames

Saturday, 19 November 2016


Richard burning through the final rivet holding 49's smokebox onto the boiler...

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, HL No.2 will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm to Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
Jonny on No.2 heading past the signalbox last Sunday

Friday, 18 November 2016

One Job

Richard removing a window catch from 49's cab ......

Lobley Hill Photos

I recently found photos of the Tanfield Branch, some of which I hadn't seen previously, on a Lobley Hill website:
N10 69101 heading empties from Lobley Hill back up the branch

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Sunday, 13 November 2016


Steve offering the token while propelling empty stock past the signalbox

Saturday, 12 November 2016


The photos below are courtesy of David Reed:
Euan topping up carriage axle boxes

British Film Institute

The BFI (British Film Institute) has a number of interesting films available for viewing on line free of charge.   Films may be searched & selected in a number of ways, including from a regional map.   The BFI web site may be slow to respond, but once you have selected a film, they seem to be fairly quick to download.   I've included links to 10 examples, shown below the map.
Open the BFI site, click a filter (on the right) such as Rail Transport, then click on a flag to zoom in to a region 

Coast of Commerce - 1962 - Tyne Tees TV production, including Whitby, Saltburn, Harlepool, & core sampling for coal mining off South Shields - 26 mins

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, HL No.2 will head trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm to Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
No.2 at Causey in November 2014

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Monday, 7 November 2016

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Wallsend Slipway

The photos below have been copied from the web; copyright remains with the respective owners & publishers.
An advert for Wallsend Slipway - see Grace's Guide or Tyne Tugs for more

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, HL No.2 will take four trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, noon, 1.30 & 3 pm to Sunniside, Causey, East Tanfield & return.
No.2 leaving Andrews House last month
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Friday, 4 November 2016


The railway was hired today by a filming company:

Raising steam this morning

Thursday, 3 November 2016

TR Today

Peter working out the orientation of Horden's piston rings

Wednesday, 2 November 2016