Thursday, 31 December 2020

Kearney Tube part 1

I was recently reminded via the Shields Gazette of a very interesting engineer, Elfric Wells Chalmers Kearney (1881-1966).   Kearney was Australian but spent nearly all of his life in Britain, during which he designed & promoted the Kearney Tube.   This was an electric & gravity underground monorail which I think would have had excellent prospects in specific applications, such as a crossing of the Tyne between South & North Shields.

Many people now think that that the first Tyne Tunnel opened in 1967, forgetting that the pedestrian & cycle tunnels opened in 1951, and that these had their roots in earlier work, including that involving Kearney.

Colin Fish recently pointed me to a 1939 LNER promotional leaflet, sections of which are reproduced below:

The fare would be the same as the cost
of this leaflet - 2d, ie less than 1p
(Cover of 1939 LNER leaflet)

Wednesday, 30 December 2020

More from Wednesday

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Mick setting up .....

Causey Waggonway

Ian using the dumpy ......
(photo courtesy of  Angela Pickering)

North East 'Names'

Charles Parsons, inventor of the turbine generator,
which supplies electricity to most of the world
(photo Newcastle Chronicle)

I came across an interesting list by the Newcastle Chronicle of the 100 greatest notherners over the last 100 years.   Such lists are always contemporary & personal - there may be hundreds of NE 'greats' over the last century, & thousands of great & interesting people who were born / lived / invented / developed / led / inspired in NE England.   Please comment on who would you add!

Tuesday, 29 December 2020

More Mince Pies from Yesterday

The photos below, taken while yesterday's Mince Pie Specials were running, are courtesy of Angela Pickering (except where stated):

Jim at work on a lathe

Monday, 28 December 2020

Today's Mince Pies

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:

Martin & Susan ready to welcome travellers & check tickets .....

Sunday, 27 December 2020

Saturday, 26 December 2020

More of NPE Day #6

Cochrane heading a NPE past Causey car park .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Hewitt)

Thursday, 24 December 2020

North Pole Express Day #6

 Christmas Eve - the last NPEs of 2020 :

Outside Marley Hill engine shed of 1854, Cochrane is ready to go .....

Tuesday, 22 December 2020

More of NPE Day #4

Matthew on Cochrane taking the empty stock over Causey car park exit .....
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

North Pole Express Day #4

Matthew oiling Cochrane at the start of the day

Monday, 21 December 2020

North Pole Express Day #3

Oliver & Alex manning Causey Level Crossing as the first NPE of the day passes

Sunday, 20 December 2020

Saturday, 19 December 2020

North Pole Express Day #1

Cochrane heading onto Causey West Incline with a North Pole Express
(photo courtesy of John Turnock)

Thursday, 17 December 2020

North Pole Express

The North Pole Express will run on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Christmas Eve - an outside event with pre-booked compartments which are sold out

David making a second NPE headboard
(photo courtesy of Alex Tyson)

A Concrete Foundation

Steve & Colin adding mesh

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Some of Today's Work

Geoff taking delivery of wood to build framing for the new welcome building

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

A Couple of Today's Jobs

On the lineside, near Bowes Bridge, we're slinging .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 14 December 2020

Today's Jobs

Darren trying to separate one of HC 38's buffers from its housing

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Thursday, 10 December 2020

Thursday Tasks

Ian shovelling muck from Gibraltar Bridge .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Monday, 7 December 2020

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Horden's Arch

Oliver mixing mortar for Horden's brick arch
(photo courtesy of Oliver Humphries)

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020

Sunday, 29 November 2020

Sunday Staff

Mick checking one of HC 38's axleboxes; Jim on the lathe

HRA Coiley Award 2021 Shortlist & Previous Winners

Tanfield Railway is a member of the Heritage Railway Association, which presents awards annually.

Peter on Horden after completion of rebuilding at Marley Hill

We have entered Horden for the 2021 Coiley Locomotive Engineering Award, for an HRA member organisation which has completed an outstanding engineering project in the overhaul, restoration, or preservation of a locomotive or self-propelled vehicle.

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Some Saturday Stuff

Oliver cleaning the pit under Cochrane
(photo courtesy of David Watchman)

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Work Today

Unloading the digger at Causey Bankwell Farm crossing,
ready to help our neighbours clear tall evergreens close to our line

Monday, 23 November 2020


Darren & Mick sorting tools in the workshop
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 21 November 2020

West Boat Bridge, N&CR

West Boat is a hamlet on the South Tyne a mile or so west of Hexham & few hundred yards west of the confluence of the North & South Tyne.   The Newcastle & Carlisle line crosses the South Tyne on a lattice girder bridge at West Boat.
Standing under the N&C bridge, looking east along the bankside
of the S Tyne, there is an embankment straight ahead

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Today at TR

Ian creating a new doorway into Andrews House shop
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Monday, 16 November 2020

Some Work Today

Peter & Brian reseating the workshop heater flue
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Sunday, 15 November 2020

Near Seaton Sluice

I published a post on 24 July, to which Neil Morgan replied that there had been a Newcomen engine & waggonways south west of Seaton Sluice.   I took a short walk in the area today.
Walking up stairs on the west side of Holywell Dene, I hadn't expected this scene.

This large embankment was obviously a former important waggonway - but it finished abruptly high up on the side of the dene, which isn't navigable.