Monday, 28 February 2022

A Few Jobs from Today

Malcolm looking at HC 38's valve gear, for which he'll be making parts

Sunday, 27 February 2022

Saturday, 26 February 2022

Darlington Talk

There was an interesting talk by Richard Barber today at NRM Shildon, about locomotive builders & suppliers in Darlington.
S&D No.25 Derwent was built by W&A Kitching, the earliest loco builders in Darlington

Thursday, 24 February 2022

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Monday, 21 February 2022

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Saturday, 19 February 2022

Waldridge Incline Again

Waldridge Incline from a 1939 OS map courtesy & copyright of the National Library of Scotland 

Comments on the Can you help? post of 4 February include those from Chris Allen & Peter Weightman, who identify the 2nd photo as taken looking west-east down the Waldridge Incline, which was at Newfield on the Pontop & South Shields branch (originally the Stanhope & Tyne Railroad).   Comparing the photo with the map segment above, the J25 loco is at the top of the 3 rail section next to the houses on Front Street, west of the urinal.   (I passed these houses on Wednesday, but the urinal has gone.)

See also the Both Waldridge Inclines post of 6 August 2021.

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Work Continues

Ian refitting the mast cover on the forklift, with the main pin job completed

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Today's Progress

George & Ian pressing mast main pivot bearings into the housing
(photo courtesy of Dave Dixon)

Monday, 14 February 2022

A Few from Today

Mick & Jim removing one of HC 38's brake pull rods, having had the threads extended .....

Saturday, 12 February 2022

RS & NER Darlington Loco Works

Robert Stephenson works, Darlington 1929
image: Britain from Above

Why the Name?

I was asked the origin of the name Gibraltar Bridge, but could only suggest an answer.   Would anyone like to say or conjecture why the bridge crossing the Tanfield Way at Marley Hill is called Gibraltar Bridge?
Looking north under Gibraltar Bridge after closure of the Tanfield Branch (note the netty).
The span of the arch would accommodate both wooden main & bye ways of 3'10" gauge.

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Monday, 7 February 2022

Monday Works

Jim machining thread on new brake pull rods for HC 38

Saturday, 5 February 2022

Western Way II extant through Gibside

The photos & info below are courtesy of Luke Griffiths, who recently visited Gibside:
This is a man-made bankside .....

Friday, 4 February 2022

Can You Help?

I don't know the answer to any of the questions below.     The first two are from Don Asher of the Midland Railway, the third is from Ian Cowan.   If you have an idea for an answer, please add it in a comment.
Do you know where this was taken, or anything about the locos?

Thursday, 3 February 2022

Thursday Tasks

Brian & Peter working on AW No.2's Gardner engine cooling system

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Wednesday Work

Dave checking the switchgear on the portable universal head drill

Tuesday, 1 February 2022