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.

A Couple of Sunday Tasks

The photos below are courtesy of David Reed:
North of MH signalbox, Oliver undoing fishplates ......

Friday, 13 November 2020

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Monday, 9 November 2020

HC No.38

Malcolm running a die nut on the cylinder cover stud threads

Sunday, 8 November 2020

NE England to NE Americas

John Bull built by Robert Stephenson (RS 25 of 1831) for Camden & Amboy RR
(from a Locomotive Engineer's Album, GB Abdill, Bonanza, 1965)

Saturday, 7 November 2020

New Photo Site on the Web

Memory Lane is a new website which gives searchable access to several other photo webs as well as photos stored within itself.   It further enables folks to freely add their own photos, with the aim of creating a resource which extends across the UK and time (rather like Geograph).

Eric, Ian & Gibraltar Bridge 1987 - search Memory Lane for Marley Hill 
(photo MirrorPix)

Friday, 6 November 2020

Waggonway No.1 January 1979

The 'Waggonway' was the magazine of the Tanfield Railway Association, edited by Tommy with a lot of work from Derek Charlton & others.   Kevin Malone recently received a couple of copies from someone at the Midland Railway.   Issue No.1 is below - enjoy!

Thursday, 5 November 2020

A Bracket

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Ian drilling .....

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Monday, 2 November 2020

Axleboxes etc

Ian placing a temporary wheelset in front of the carriage shed