Monday, 31 December 2018

More Mince Pies

The photos below were taken yesterday &, except as noted, are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Angela sets a train away from ET

Sunday, 30 December 2018

Mince Pie Day

David returning the token as he uses 49 to propel empty stock into Andrews House

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Mince Pies Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the second & final day of Mince Pie Specials in 2018
Free mince pies, apple pies optional alternative, while stocks last

Friday, 28 December 2018

Marley Hill in NCB Days

The photographs below are courtesy of Vic Gascoigne:
Approaching Burdon Plain bridge from Birkheads on an Austerity loco
(probably No.28 (VF 5298 of 1945) or No.83 (HE 3688 of 1949))

Thursday, 27 December 2018

NPE Day #11 Again

The photos below, taken on Christmas Eve 2018, are courtesy of Ken Snowdon:
49 heads north ......

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Mince Pie Specials #1

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Andrew cleaning carriages .....

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Monday, 24 December 2018

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Saturday, 22 December 2018

NPE Day #9 - Polar People

David shunting carriages for the NPE
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Friday, 21 December 2018

Preparing Locos

Ian coaling Twizell .....

NPE Day #8

The photos below, taken last Sunday, are courtesy of Ken Snowdon:
49 on Causey Embankment (the oldest railway embankment in the world)
& crossing the grade 1 listed Causey cundy 

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Monday, 17 December 2018

Friday, 14 December 2018

Loco Preparation

Ian coaling Twizell outside Marley Hill shed

NPE Day #6

The photos below, taken last Sunday, are courtesy of Ken Snowdon:
49 on Engine Curve .....

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Wednesday, 12 December 2018


Tackling a problem of pooling & undermining of a path by rainwater at ET
Uncovering a rainwater duct

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Saturday, 8 December 2018

North Pole Express Day #5

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Richard & Dan shunting carriages

Friday, 7 December 2018

Thursday, 6 December 2018

More Tasks

Peter caulking the rivetted lap seam under the new weld on Horden's tank to ensure a watertight seal

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Monday, 3 December 2018

In the Workshop

Brian marking a template for cutting filling pieces for Horden's tank

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Saturday, 1 December 2018

North Pole Express Day #3

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Ben cleaning 49

Friday, 30 November 2018


Angela checking inside 49's firebox before lighting a fire

Thursday, 29 November 2018

At Marley Hill Today

Horden's boiler being loaded by Ian with our ex-TDE crane (Smith 24065 of 1956) .....

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Continued from Yesterday

Loading the dumper with surfacing material for casting on the newly cleared margins .....

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

East Tanfield Car Park

Today, we started to reclaim the overgrown & overhung margins between the fences of ET car park, to assist NPE travellers.
Kevin lopping overhanging branches
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Friday, 23 November 2018

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

East Tanfield Work

Nigel tipping ballast into the cess alongside ET carriage shed .....

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A Cold Wet Tuesday

Brian fixing a guard over the drive belts of the vertical borer

Monday, 19 November 2018

In the Workshop

Malcolm cutting off a section of rolled steel with which to repair Horden's tank

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Final Sunday of Ordinary Running in 2018

Logan cleaning No.2 as I check tightness of grub screws on cotter pins
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Darlington Locomotive Works

Darlington Hopetown works is usually open to the public on the 3rd Saturday of each month.   Today the works contained a loco built by BR of NER design, and a new build basically to LNER design.
The J72 in the NELPG area .....

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, is the last day before North Pole Express season of the ordinary winter timetable.   Ex Keighley gasworks No.2 will haul passenger trains from Andrews House at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.45 pm & 2.15 pm for Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.
Chris cleaning No.2 outside Marley Hill shed in November 2013

Friday, 16 November 2018


30 tonnes of semi smokeless cobbles from Ffos y Fran, ready for North Pole Express season

Wednesday, 14 November 2018