Friday, 31 July 2020

Geoff's Jolly

The photos below were taken by Geoff Lowe on his recent staycation: 
Seen through the fence at Irchester NG Railway, Northamtonshire

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Lineside Work

Ian & Dave removing rotten fencing at No.1 footpath crossing
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Monday, 27 July 2020


Mick & Jim in the workshop this morning
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Sunday, 26 July 2020


From the A1(M) I glimpsed maintenance today on the Ferryhill to Teesside line, and later walked through Hardwick Park to a footpath on a former colliery railway leading from the Teesside line to Fishburn.
Looking north to Fishburn coke works, possibly in the 1970s

Friday, 24 July 2020

Why was the steam engine invented in the UK?

In the early 18th century Thomas Newcomen of Dartmouth developed the first steam engines to be put to industrial use.   They did the work previously performed by continuous shifts of men or horses labouring endlessly to keep floodwater out of Cornish tin mines.
A Newcomen engine at Farme Colliery, Glasgow in the early 20th century
(Glasgow Museums)

Thursday, 23 July 2020

A Wet Day on Causey Platform

Steve, Cameron, Dennis, Dave & Ian replacing retaining brackets on Causey platform edge

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Tuesday around Tanfield

Steve coupling during shunting at Marley Hill
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Sunday, 19 July 2020

NEMT Boats

The North East Maritime Trust owns historic boats, & has several associated.   A few feature below.
WWI-built Tynemouth lifeboat Henry Frederick Swan .....

Saturday, 18 July 2020

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Tuesday's Work

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:

Colin drilling retaining brackets for Causey platform sleeper face

Sunday, 12 July 2020

Tanfield Tercentenary -5

Peter & Alan, founding TR preservationists, with Tanfield's 295th birthday cake.
We aim for bigger celebrations & achievement as we head towards our 300th in 2025.

Friday, 10 July 2020

JW Carmichael - Again

John Wilson Carmichael was born in Newcastle in 1799, served on ships & was apprenticed to a ship builder, but became a prolific full time artist.   He was notable as a marine artist of accuracy & detail, but he produced railway & engineering scenes as the opportunity arose, such as for "Views on the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway" written by its engineer John  Blackmore on the opening of the line.
Newcastle from Redheugh, near the junction of the N&CR with the Tanfield Waggonway.
On the right quayside is the short-chimneyed engine house of the Redheugh incline**.
(JW Carmichael, late 1830s, published in The Northumbrian)
Dennis loaned me a copy of The Northumbrian for June / July 2020 containing an interesting short article on the Newcastle & Carlisle Railway illustrated with 11 Carmichael works, one of which is that shown above.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Tuesday Work

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Ian clearing logs .....

Sunday, 5 July 2020

East Tanfield 22 July 1992

The photos below of the first TR carriages into ET are by Derek Knott, courtesy of Andrew Knott:
Wellington being oiled for the return from East Tanfield
Who are the crew?

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Moving the TDE Crane

The photos below are courtesy of Ian Cowan:
Built by Thomas Smith of Rodley (Leeds) as works no.24065 in 1957, a 10 ton lift diesel electric bogie rail crane sits on the dockside at Tyne Dock Engineering of South Shields in the mid 1990s
(Looks like a rig base passing up the Tyne behind.)

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Wednesday, 1 July 2020