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Monday, 30 September 2019

Workshop Day

Checking the ropes of Smith crane 24065 of 1957 (at Marley Hill station) .....
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 28 September 2019

The Settlers Society

On a recent visit to Fountains Abbey near Ripon, I discovered an interesting connection with NE England through a temporary exhibition.  During the Great Depression, Commander Vyner of Studley Royal House arranged government funding to resettle boys from Tyneside & train them in rural trades on his estate.
Note the statement that unemployment was nearly 100% in South Tyneside

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, No.2, built 108 years ago at Forth Banks, Newcastle, 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 & 3.35 pm to Causey Arch, Andrews House, Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.
Matthew hands the Sunniside token to Angela on No.2 in September 2017

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Various Jobs

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Rob & Colin replacing faulty fishplates

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

A Couple of Jobs

Geoff painting the crane door a bonny shade of blue
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

A Few Jobs

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Colin & Bill working on the container roofs .....

Monday, 23 September 2019

D21 at Dunston

Some photos of AW D21 of 1933 at Dunston power station circa 1969:
D21 arrived last Wednesday at TR on loan from the NRM for static display
(courtesy of Peter Weightman)

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Friday, 20 September 2019

Heritage Open Days & Trains this 1940s Weekend

For more information on Heritage Open Days & the 1940s Weekend see the main TR web.

On Saturday, No.49 or Cochrane will haul alternate passenger trains from Andrews House to Sunniside at 10.30 am & 11.15 am, & thereafter from East Tanfield at 11.10 am, 11.55 am, 12.40 pm, 1.25 pm, 2.10 pm & 2.55 pm to Causey Arch, Andrews House, Sunniside & return.   The last passenger trains leave East Tanfield at 3.40 pm & 4.25 pm for Andrews House only.
49 crossing Houghwell Burn in September 2018

MH Shed Roof

A few more purlins added today - a few more to go

Thursday, 19 September 2019

D21 & More

The Tanfield Railway Trust has negotiated the loan for static display of AW D21 from the NRM.  It arrived today from Beamish Museum, where it has been stored for about 10 years.    D21 is a very local loco, having been built & worked within about 7 miles of TR.   Ultimately we'd like to see D21 working alongside D22, for which beforehand we must negotiate a restoration agreement & repair programme, then a working agreement with the NRM.
Armstrong Whitworth D21 of 1933 has arrived at East Tanfield

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Redhills

Redhills, a meeting base opened in 1915 in Durham City by the Durham Miners' Association from members' subscriptions, is open to the public as part of the 2019 Heritage Open Days.
View from the platform in the Pitman's Parliament at Redhills

TRA Visit to Shildon

Members of the Tanfield Railway Association during today's visit to the NRM at Shildon
(photo courtesy of Aidan Wilson)

Friday, 13 September 2019

Teesside Steel

You may be aware that the trusses of Dorman Long steel which we are replacing on Marley Hill shed were supplied part riveted in the 1930s.   A Teesside foundry, steel fabricator & loco builder featured on this blog in January 2014 was Head Wrightson.    I recently found another of their structures west of Edinburgh:
Builder's plate showing this to be an early structure from Head Wrightson .....

Heritage Open Days

Tanfield Railway is taking part in the nationwide 2019 Heritage Open Days on Sunday 15, Monday 16, Tuesday 17, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September.
Colin adding the Heritage Open Day banners in Marley Hill car park

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Truss Progress

Colin, Steve & Bill work on the penultimate truss while Dave starts the last

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Music at Marley Hill

The photos below are courtesy of Alfie Gascoigne:
Oliver cleaning No.2 for clearing the carriage shed

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday, No.2, built over 100 years ago for 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 & 3.35 pm to Causey Arch, Andrews House, Sunniside & return.   The last passenger train leaves East Tanfield at 4.55 pm for Andrews House only.

The photos below feature No.2 in September 2018:
Mark & Chris crewing No.2 at Andrews House

Friday, 6 September 2019

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Today's Work

Colin on Cochrane - as all running locos are moved around to get them under roof cover

Sunday, 1 September 2019