Monday, 30 December 2019

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Mince Pie Mountain Munch

Tomorrow, every Tanfield train traveller is expected to enjoy at least one free mince pie
Mince Pie Specials will be hauled by 49 - normal ticket prices, no booking required

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Boxing Day

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
David, Oliver & Jonny on 49

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Xmas

..... to all our viewers from the man in red at TR 

Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Xmas Eve Extras

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Cochrane heading back to Marley Hill from the
North Pole at the end of Express duty

NPE Day #11

Alex cleaning Cochrane

Monday, 23 December 2019

NPE East Tanfield Extras

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Sean checking tickets & issuing passports at East Tanfield

NPE Day #10

Tom back on the borer first thing this morning

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Friday, 20 December 2019

To Do

We need volunteers for track maintenance work in Marley Hill yard
This c1980 view shows (I think) Graeme, Neil & John
(photo courtesy of Alan Thompson)

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Monday, 16 December 2019

Mainly Horden Work

Jim skimming the face of the mounting flange on Horden's main steam pipe

Sunday, 15 December 2019

NPE Day #8

Horden's dome cover & regulator swan neck are being removed again

Saturday, 14 December 2019

NPE Day #7 Crossing

The Causey Level Crossing keeper staying warm as ,,,,,,
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Friday, 13 December 2019

Last Saturday's NPE Locos

The photos below were taken last Saturday & are courtesy of Michael Denholm:
AW No.2 being used to drag No.49 from MH shed .....

Wednesday, 11 December 2019


I'm working with George to dismantle a section of scaffold
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Various Jobs

Colin & Cameron loading coal for the North Pole .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 9 December 2019

Sunday, 8 December 2019

NPE Day #6

49 waits at Marley Hill to head round to the Pole
(photo courtesy of Ben Wilson)

Saturday, 7 December 2019

Friday, 6 December 2019

Tanfield Tree with Extra Baubles

The photos below are courtesy of Ian Cowan:
Angela decorating our tree in
St Margaret's Church, Tanfield Village

Loco Work

Tom checking the new guide plate for
one of HC 38's axlebox underkeeps

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Boiler & Wall

Ian using the dumper to drag Horden's boiler out of the shed
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Work Continues

The photos below are courtesy of Bill Thain:
Mick cleaning up in the shed

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Odd Jobs

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon, except as shown:
Kevin, Colin & Cameron delivering coal to the North Pole

Monday, 2 December 2019

Preparing Horden's Boiler

The photos below showing preparations to steam Horden's boiler are courtesy of Angela Pickering (except where stated):
David working in Horden's smokebox

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Saturday, 30 November 2019

NPE Day #3 Again

The photos below are courtesy of Ken Snowdon except where stated:
Cochrane setting out with the North Pole Express .....

NPE Day #3

Crossing trainee Elizabeth with flag ....
(photo courtesy of Alex Tyson)

Friday, 29 November 2019

Quarter Century Ago & More Recently

Ready for filming of Catherine Cookson's "Tide of Life" in May 1995 at Andrews House
Derek, Neville, Martin, Stuart, Martin & Ian with RSH 38
(photo courtesy of Neville Whaler)

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Monday, 25 November 2019

General Jobs

Dennis removing broken glass before straightening the fork lift top door

Sunday, 24 November 2019

Saturday, 23 November 2019

NPE Day #1

No.2 waiting to leave the North Pole for East Tanfield
(photo courtesy of Michael Smith)

Friday, 22 November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019


Jim fitting a newly made adaptor to a hydraulic pressure gauge

Monday, 18 November 2019

Sunday, 17 November 2019

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, No.2 (ex Keighley gasworks) will haul passenger trains from Andrews House to Sunniside at 10.30 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.25 am, 12.55 pm, & 2.15 pm to Causey Arch, Andrews House, Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35pm for Andrews House only.
No.2 near Causey Bankwell House in November 2014, with Beckley Wood
over carriage No.2 & the ruined Andrews House Farm in the right mid distance

Thursday, 14 November 2019

A Wet Thursday

Brian removing the gauge from the Tangye starting receiver for testing

Wednesday, 13 November 2019