Tanfield Railway shows 1920-1950 on an industrial/minor railway, featuring items built/used in NE England.

 East Tanfield DH9 9UY tearoom open 10-2 daily.
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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: 

Preceding the closure of Shildon Wagon Works: 
Sorry - Shildon video not freely available - more from NEFA /YFA next week to make amends ......

Frank Atkinson describes Beamish Museum: 

A short film about Beamish, showing much of early Marley Hill preservation at 3mins 50 secs: 

Sunderland on cup final day 1973: 

A general search of the archive: 

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


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

Thursday, 19 March 2020


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


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


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


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