Did you know? The first new coking plant following nationalisation opened in Fishburn on 18 June 1954.

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

Drains

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

Preparation

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

Deliveries

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

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Today's Progress

Ian & I steering the end of the crossing gate into the workshop ......
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 12 November 2018

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Another Sunday

Stewart oiling No.2's steam brake during preparation of the loco this morning

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, 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.
Following overhaul, No.2 being repainted in early November 2012

Friday, 9 November 2018

Thursday, 8 November 2018

More at ET

Colin, Rob, Colin & Steve packing the track up to the headshunt
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Wednesday at Tanfield, Mainly

Brian working on the Tangye at Marley Hill

No.6's Boiler at McEwen's Works

The photographs below are courtesy of Alasdair McEwen & show girder stays being fitted to the top of No.6's new firebox in McEwen's new workshop:

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, on the first day of the winter timetable, ex Redheugh gasworks Sir Cecil A Cochrane 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.
Angela & Steve on Cochrane approaching Marley Hill signalbox in November 2012

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Weather for Ducts

Kevin & Bill digging to install a duct between buildings at ET
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)