Sunday, 31 October 2021


The empty stock arrives at a wet Andrews House under Bob's watchful eye

Friday, 29 October 2021

Tommy's Cuttings #2

The cuttings below were collected & provided by Tommy Knox:
Note - Ian on the Poclain first made & later removed a route for farm access
(Northern Echo 8 August 1986)

Thursday, 28 October 2021

Today at Marley Hill

Martin & Colin working on the top of a door
(photo courtesy of Geoff Lowe)

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

Wednesday Daytime Workers

Dave starting to dismantle the walls of the SE offshoot to MH shed

Monday, 25 October 2021

Monday's Engineering

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Ian grass cutting - for the last time this year?

Hetton Colliery

As part of the bicentenary celebration of the winning of Hetton Colliery, together with George Stephenson's steam railway linking the pit with the Wear, NEIMME has organised a free talk at the Common Room this Thursday - on line from 6 pm.

Hetton Colliery, from a drawing by TH Hair 

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Saturday, 23 October 2021

Starting to prepare Horden .....

..... for annual boiler inspection
Alex cleaning Horden's smokebox
(photo courtesy of Oliver Humphries)

Friday, 22 October 2021

The Collier John Bowes

On a visit to South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, I discovered a model of the iron steam collier John Bowes, built in 1852 at Palmers shipyard in Jarrow:
The model of the John Bowes 
(South Shields Museum & Art Gallery)

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Geoff's Snaps Today

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Malcolm giving Martin & Colin a hand with a new shed door

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Marley Hill Today

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:

Sarah about to line one of Cochrane's sandboxes

..... & Dave's Viewpoints

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Ian reducing the height of part of the offshoot, while saving bricks for reuse

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Furnace Work

The photos below are courtesy of Dave Dixon:
Ian preparing .....

Monday, 18 October 2021

A Few from Today

Mick removing a valve motion weighshaft bearer
to true it up with HC 38's main frames

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Sylvan Scenes

The photos below, taken last Sunday, are courtesy of Dave Hewitt:
Horden on Causey West Incline .....

Tommy's Cuttings #1

Tommy has handed me some press cuttings which he collected about 30 years ago.   The first I'll reproduce is from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of 20 August 1987:

The accompanying photograph follows :

Thursday, 14 October 2021

A Mixture

Brian progressing the rebuild of the Gardner-powered crane power pack

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Around TR

Escucha being loaded onto a Webster's wagon for restoration off site

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Today's Progress

Steve assisting & watching Ian & Dave rebuilding the furnace

Monday, 11 October 2021

Sunday, 10 October 2021

TR Sunday

Jim machining a centre on the Husky's compressor crankshaft, the main bearings requiring regrinding

John's Sunday Views

The photos below are courtesy of John Turnock:
Horden on today's first train from .....

HRA Visit

As reported last Wednesday, we were visited by Steve Oates (chief exec of the Heritage Railway Association).    He published some photos from his visit on HRA Facebook.  Thanks to Jonny for spotting & Tommy for mentioning.   Please note - Chris is away, Richard was there.

Friday, 8 October 2021

St Peter's, Newcastle

Peter on Favourite at St Peter's Basin
(see NEMT for info on their boats)

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Today's Mix

Mick setting up to cut a drive slot in HC 38's new handbrake screw

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Today's Work

Ian & I clearing an old drainage channel outside MH shed
(photo courtesy of Angela Pickering)

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Some Sunday

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Dorothy serving Martin with a hot drink

Friday, 1 October 2021

Some Seaham

In 1971, early in Dave Dixon's career as a Tyne Tees TV cameraman, he filmed Johnny Morris at Seaham in Costa del Coal.
Johnny Morris riding around Dawdon colliery on the front of a diesel loco
(still from Costa Del Coal)