Building Bridges

The final 100 metre centrepiece of Sunderland’s new River Wear crossing was gradually lifted into place in Sunderland on Friday. The £117 million landmark development by FVB joint Venture is the first new bridge to be built over the River Wear in Sunderland in over four decades. The bridge, which will rise to 105 metres, willContinue reading “Building Bridges”

Behind the Scenes – The NYMR

A look at the hard work that goes on behind the scenes with the dedicated volunteers, staff, firemen and drivers at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway who start each day at 5am at the engine sheds in Grosmont to ensure that all the steam locomotives used are fired up and ready to go and are inContinue reading “Behind the Scenes – The NYMR”

The 50th Masham Steam Engine Rally

This weekend sees the 50th annual Masham Steam Engine Rally in North Yorkshire. The fair which began in 1965 saw over forty steam traction engines, thirty miniature steam engines and displayed commercial vehicles, vintage and classic cars and tractors to the hundreds of visitors who attended the weekend long event.   See more of myContinue reading “The 50th Masham Steam Engine Rally”

The engine shed

Work continued in earnest this morning at the engine sheds of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in the small Yorkshire village of Grosmont. The work was to prepare the steam locomotives ‘Chiru‘ and ‘Eric Treacy‘ for a short ceremony to mark the construction of a second platform at Whitby train station. This second platform willContinue reading “The engine shed”

The Great Gathering

The ‘Great Gathering’ event held at the National Railway Museum in York marks the 75 year anniversary of the steam locomotive Mallard becoming the World’s fastest steam locomotive after its record breaking run in 1938 near Stoke Bank, Grantham where it reached a speed of 126 mph. The Great Gathering also brought Mallard back togetherContinue reading “The Great Gathering”

The Jewel in the Valley – A photographic exhibition

On Sunday 31st March at the Saltburn School an exhibition begins looking at Saltburn Miniature Railway and the volunteers who keep this classic Saltburn attraction running. For a few months at the beginning of last year I photographed the volunteers of the miniature railway as they maintained the locomotives, the track and generally prepared forContinue reading “The Jewel in the Valley – A photographic exhibition”

Trains running today

For the last few months I’ve been spending time with the volunteers who maintain, repair and operate the miniature railway that runs through the Valley Gardens area of Saltburn in Cleveland. This group of dedicated volunteers spend 2 days a week, unpaid and unsupported by the local council, down in the work shed that housesContinue reading “Trains running today”