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Thursday, 30 September 2021

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Shed Work

Dave & Dennis collecting firebrick for MH shed furnace

Monday, 27 September 2021

NEIMME Lectures

The North of England Mining & Mechanical Institute (aka NEIMME or the Mining Institute) has recently handed over its building (Neville Hall on Westgate Road NE1) & resources to The Common Room, which led to a large HLF grant to update the building & provide more public access to science & technology, past, present & future.   The number & scope of public lectures has grown, even during Covid, and lectures are both live in person & live streamed.   Shared resources from other providers are presented through the Common Room web site, incorporating feeds from NEIMME and other partners.   Some examples of NEIMME lectures on YouTube are:
Mine Water Heating - 15 mins

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Test & Track

The photos below are courtesy of Steve Harris:
HL No.2 ready to propel the works train out of Marley Hill

Coal Shipping

NEIMME  at the Common Room / Neville Hall / Mining Institute have restarted lectures
This very interesting lecture on spouts, drops, staiths & shipping was live & on YouTube 

Friday, 24 September 2021

Geoff's Thursday Bonus

Brian & Peter looking for steel for their work
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Today's Tasks

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Martin detaching hinges from old doors on the 3 road shed

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wednesday's Workers

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Nigel painting Ian's new box for his mower parts

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Shed Furnace Work

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Ian drilling the floor to install the rails at the front of the furnace

Monday, 20 September 2021

Monday Matters

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Ian repairing the crane's cab top window

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Around Marley Hill

Ian washing part of Marley Hill shed floor .....
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 13 September 2021

TR Today

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Malcolm painting a window frame

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Friday, 10 September 2021

Heritage Open Days at TR 2021

A new video by Dave Dixon will be shown at East Tanfield during HOD 2021
(Guided walks from East Tanfield this & next Sunday)

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Today's Work

Steve painting the frame which I cleaned yesterday
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Monday, 6 September 2021

Today's Folks

Inspection of D21 taking place
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Saturday, 4 September 2021

Haulage on 1820s Railways

Rob Fallon recently told me of the online availability of the Franklin Institute Journal, including from the early 19th century when Erskine Hazard, an American civil engineer, visited NE England.   Some of his observations appeared on pages 275-7 of the Franklin Institute Journal of April 1827.   Apart from observations on how flanges interact with rails, an interesting conclusion which Hazard expounds is that stationary engine haulage is preferred to locomotives (on the Hetton Railway) because they do less damage to rails.   This is something that I had not previously considered, but very relevant in the days when steel had not yet replaced cast & wrought iron.

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Back at Marley Hill

Ian emptying yesterday's cuttings
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)