Tanfield Railway shows 1920-1950 on an industrial/minor railway, featuring items built/used in NE England.

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Monday, 17 January 2022


The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Mick setting up to pressure test the new safety valve stand for Renishaw No.6

Sunday, 16 January 2022


The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering
Steve fuelling the Fowler

Thursday, 13 January 2022

TR Today

The photos below are courtesy of Geoff Lowe:
Martin & Steve checking the door frame at AH water tower

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Tranent - Cockenzie Waggonway

BBC iPlayer has a recent archaeology programme with a section on Scotland's first railway, a 1722 waggonway which carried coal from Tranent to salt pans at Cockenzie.    View Digging for Britain series 9 episode 3, from about 28 mins in.   (Stills below are from this episode.)
On the route of the waggonway

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

UK City of Culture 2025

County Durham is one of 8 areas / cities shortlisted for the accolade of UK City of Culture in 2025 - the same year in which TR celebrates its 300th birthday (& S&DR its 200th).   Everything that we do for our tercentenary can go forward to support the Durham bid, to mutual benefit.   The "City of Culture" can call on its history, environment, attractions, people & potential to show how deserving it is. 
A turbine blade being erected in the commercial / maritime centre of Hull.
Hull's fortunes surged following it being the 2017 UK City of Culture.
Coventry has benefitted from being the 2021 UK City of Culture
Can we help make County Durham the 2025 UK City of Culture?

Monday, 10 January 2022

Science Museum Group Journal

The Science Museum Group publishes an online biannual journal.   The articles are lengthy, but quite interesting.   Click View more for 3 articles in the most recent Autumn 2021 journal which have some relevance to TR.   You may find other articles of personal interest.
The Weaver - art at the Whitworth

Sunday, 9 January 2022

Some Sunday Shots

The photos below are courtesy of Angela Pickering:
Kyle watching Richard breaking brickwork from No.2's smokebox

Friday, 7 January 2022

Railways are much older than trains

An interesting YouTube video focussing on Tanfield, link submitted by Luke Griffiths.
Still from the YouTube video "Railways are much older than trains" by Lindybeige