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Sunday, 5 April 2020

Some Hartlepool History

Continuing to look at old footage, this silent film turned up about the attack on the NE coast by the German Navy early in WWI.
(still from film - Yorkshire Film Archive)

Hartlepool had a naval gun battery on the Headland which was targeted, & the town was a considerable port, industrial & railway centre at the time.   The bombardment continued to the undefended fishing ports of Whitby & Scarborough.   The film shows the aftermath which could be made public without affecting wartime secrecy & security, while increasing anti German feeling.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

A Bad Month

Two boiler explosions occurred at Marley Hill and Andrews House collieries within about a month of each other in 1866.   The Newcastle Courant reported as follows:
Newcastle Courant June 1 1866

Friday, 3 April 2020

A Visit to a New Zealand Heritage Railway

Neil Morgan recently visited & took these photos at the Pleasant Point Railway in South Island, New Zealand:
 At Pleasant Point station, a railcar replica / rebuild on a model T truck chassis
These were tried on NZ branches around the 1920s -  unpopular at the time, but now cherished
(Google Colonel Stephens model T railcar for photos of UK examples)

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Horden Features

Work has stalled for the moment, but Horden is still in the news .....

Horden at Shotton Colliery in 1971
(photo copyright Gordon Edgar - see PreservedBritishSteamLocos.com)

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Old Track in South Shields

See the previous post of 5 January 2019 about South Shields Stations for some background.
There are still rails in Shadwell Street, looking west towards Wapping Street .....

Friday, 27 March 2020

North East Film Archive

Something for the weekend - another few interesting videos examples, this time from NEFA / YFA, featuring several from Tyne Tees TV:

Following the closure of Consett steelworks: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/consett-after-blast

Preceding the closure of Shildon Wagon Works: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/briefing-shildon-br-works
Sorry - Shildon video not freely available - more from NEFA /YFA next week to make amends ......

Frank Atkinson describes Beamish Museum: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/treasures-store-beamish-north-england-open-air-museum

A short film about Beamish, showing much of early Marley Hill preservation at 3mins 50 secs: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/beamish 

Sunderland on cup final day 1973: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/film/meanwhile-back-sunderland 

A general search of the archive: 
http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/search?field_archive=5&search_api_views_fulltext=&title_field=&field_viewing_notes_value=&field_context_value=&field_year_value2=&field_year_value=&field_colour=All&field_sound=All&field_online_video_file=All&field_video_extract=All&sort_by=search_api_relevance&sort_order=DESC&page=3 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Films at National Library of Scotland

If you have some time to spare, see  https://movingimage.nls.uk/    A few of the videos are available to view on line.   As examples, try:

Scottish Coalmining  https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/0496

Industrial Clydesdale  https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/1694

North British  https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/1276

James Watt  https://movingimage.nls.uk/film/0020

Sunday, 22 March 2020

No Train Sunday

Coronavirus has led to no trains, the closure of the railway sites to the public, many fewer volunteers, and those that are on site working further apart.
Henry filling No.2's tank outside Marley Hill shed

Saturday, 21 March 2020

No Trains Tomorrow

Due to Covid-19, passenger trains have been cancelled tomorrow, and for the next two Sundays at least.   Our stations & facilities are closed.   Marley Hill site remains open to volunteers.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Scaffold

One level of scaffold complete & braced against the wall & track
- 2 more levels to complete to reach the shed eaves

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Various

Brian under the bonnet of AW No.2, adding a brace to the fan bracket

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Jobs Restart

Colin & Steve starting to erect scaffold alongside Marley Hill shed

Monday, 16 March 2020

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Sunday

David & Ben taking AW No.2 to East Tanfield  for driver experience;
Jonny on HL No.2 tagging along to return with the passenger train

Saturday, 14 March 2020

History

Tommy promoting Tanfield Railway at a local history fair at Bowburn
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday Sir Cecil A Cochrane, built for use at Redheugh 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 train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.
Cochrane arriving at Andrews House in March 2019 .....

Friday, 13 March 2020

Spot the Differences

A couple of photos were left for us by a visitor last Sunday.   They were dated July 1982, but what date do you think they are?   How many differences between then & now can you find?
Marley Hill station

Thursday, 12 March 2020

One Job

Clearing scaffold from inside Marley Hill shed, preparatory to work on the pit wall collapse, roof eaves alongside the Andrews House branch, then back to the main roof structure:
Dave & I dismantling the first section
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Monday, 9 March 2020

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Packing

David, Oliver & Dan packing ballast under the new sleepers
in the Andrews House colliery branch
(photo courtesy of Oliver Humphries)

Tomorrow's Trains

On Sunday ex-Keighley Gasworks No.2 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 train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.
No.2 leaving Marley Hill with empty stock in March 2019
Tomorrow, No.2 will collect carriages from East Tanfield

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Around Marley Hill Today

The photos below are courtesy of Nigel Wheeler:
Mick cutting sections for MH shed roof work

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Track & Forklift

Ian removing parts of the forklift to gain access to the main boom pin

Monday, 2 March 2020

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Saturday, 29 February 2020

Tomorrow's Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, HL No.2 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 train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.

HL No.2 passing Terrace Junction in March 2016
(photo courtesy of Ken Snowdon)
To see more of his Tanfield photos, enter Ken Snowdon in the search box near the top of the window

Friday, 28 February 2020

Diesel Delivery

The photos below, taken on 15/10/1993, are courtesy of Neville Whaler:
The Fowler at Ribble Cement (Forth Banks, Newcastle) ready for a Land Rover tow .....

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Track & Horden

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe, except where noted:
Nigel, Steve & Dave pulling the track into a better alignment

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Tuesday Things

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Colin, Steve & Kevin working on Marley Hill headshunt

Monday, 24 February 2020

Yesterday at TR

The photographs of 49 below were taken on Sunday & are courtesy of Dave Hewitt:
On Causey West Incline

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Saturday at TR

Ian coaling No.49, which is to be steamed in readiness for coal train day tomorrow

Friday, 21 February 2020

Causey Tomorrow

There will be another work party at Causey tomorrow, clearing more of the waggonway trackbed in preparation for our 2025 tercentenary celebration.   The volunteer train will leave Marley Hill at 10 am, or meet at Causey station.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Trackwork

Cameron, Steve, Rob, Dave, Kevin, Dennis & Colin assembling a bit more of MH yard headshunt

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Tomorrows Trains

Tomorrow, Sunday, HL No.2 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 train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.
No.2 on a mixed train heading for Sunniside last February

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Monday, 10 February 2020

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Trains on Branch Line Sunday

Tomorrow, Sunday, Sir Cecil A Cochrane will haul mixed (passenger & goods) 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 train leaves East Tanfield at 3.35 pm for Andrews House only.
Cochrane shunting waggons at Marley Hill in February 2019