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Winter slumber ends...

Winter slumber ends…

Half term arrives next week, with the first day of nine days of Museum activity beginning tomorrow (Saturday).  A project called ‘Just one spark’ is…

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Marton Box 31 and Standard 147 to swap places for 2016...

Marton Box 31 and Standard 147 to swap places for 2016…

Some exciting news for tram enthusiasts and Beamish visitors alike: Marton Box 31 and Standard 147 to swap places for 2016! Photos above courtesy of…

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T&I News Week 5 2016...

T&I News Week 5 2016…

Its been another busy couple of weeks, with lots happening and little opportunity for blogging!  However, here is the usual roundup of news from the last…

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Seasonal Job Vacancies

Seasonal Job Vacancies

It is the time of year, once again, when we start looking for seasonal team members across the Museum. March to October is the busiest…

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T&I News Week 4 2016

T&I News Week 4 2016

My apologies to those who have missed the blog for the last week or so.  The completion of a manuscript for a book detailing Samson’s…

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Another momentous day for Samson

Another momentous day for Samson

Another momentous day for Samson, with it raising steam for the first time – ever! Below: The needle creeps off the stop for the very first…

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Samson's first fire...

Samson’s first fire…

Today was an auspicious day for Samson – its first fire was lit, three years after construction began.  Here are some photos from the day….

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T&I News Week 2 2016...

T&I News Week 2 2016…

Another mixed roundup of news from the T& department to mark the first full week back at work… Below: Whilst Sheffield 264′s overhaul reaches its…

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T&I News Week 1 2016

T&I News Week 1 2016

Hello and happy new year!  It looks set to be a busy year ahead with a number of vehicles (rail and road) returning/entering service and…

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Review of 2015...

Review of 2015…

It really seems only five minutes since I was writing the review of 2015, but 12 months later here we are!  It is perhaps a…

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T&I News Week 51 2015

T&I News Week 51 2015

As there is a year-end review, I’ve kept this post very short – you will also spot the narrow gauge theme! Samson Below: Samson is…

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The Last Pit

The Last Pit

Just a short post to marks the end of deep mining in the UK. As I write the miners of Kellingley Colliery, Yorkshire, will be…

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264's testing continues...

264′s testing continues…

The extensive testing of Sheffield 264 continues, the aim being to carry out all remedial work before the tram re-enters Road 1 for completion of…

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T&I News Extra December 2015...

T&I News Extra December 2015…

As a bit of a bonus, here is an additional news update for this week, to be followed by one next week then an intermission…

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T&I News Week 49 2015...

T&I News Week 49 2015…

There is something of a narrow gauge theme this week, and a focus on work within the warmth of the RHEC (Regional Heritage Engineering Centre). …

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Samson Progress...

Samson Progress…

Last Thursday was a significant one in Samson’s history – the boiler was subject to the insurance company hydraulic test (which it passed) and was…

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T&I News Week 48 2015...

T&I News Week 48 2015…

A more diverse range of news for this report – I am struggling to keep the posts up to date with the work actually taking…

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A Seddon joins the fleet...

A Seddon joins the fleet…

As hinted at on this blog recently, we have added to the collection of vintage vehicles available to staff for use as part of their…

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T&I News Week 47 2015...

T&I News Week 47 2015…

The motoring theme started in the last post continues this week with news of developments within the collections here at Beamish.  This won’t be the…

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T&I News Week 46 2015...

T&I News Week 46 2015…

This week we have something of a road vehicle theme, as we look at a number of projects currently underway at Beamish or on our…

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Samson Boiler Construction Completed...

Samson Boiler Construction Completed…

Matt and I had a productive couple of days at Bridgnorth working with the SVR team on Samson’s boiler.  This is now complete and awaits…

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T&I News Week 45 2015...

T&I News Week 45 2015…

Anyone who as well as following the blog also follows the Museum’s other social media will not have failed to notice that Saturday the 14th…

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The Model T Programme...

The Model T Programme…

We are looking forward to a heavy and focussed workload in the RHEC over the coming years, as present projects are completed and new ones…

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Northern and Go North East at Beamish

Northern and Go North East at Beamish

As part of the enhanced transport weekend, Power from the Past, and celebrating 114′s 114th birthday, a number of buses played a role in the…

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T&I News Week 44 2015...

T&I News Week 44 2015…

The weather hasn’t been entirely kind to our last weekend of enhanced transport here at Beamish, and with Newcastle 114 as the star attraction it…

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114's birthday weekend...

114′s birthday weekend…

The final enhanced transport weekend of 2015 takes place on November 7 and 8 and concludes the programme which began in the spring with the…

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T&I News Week 43 2015...

T&I News Week 43 2015…

The half-term has arrived and the site is busy with visitors and staff, who are also preparing for the sell-out Halloween evenings, a couple of…

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T&I News Week 42 2015...

T&I News Week 42 2015…

Dare I say we’ve been very busy lately?!  It seems to be a repetition that hardly need occur, but in recent weeks has been particularly…

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Starting construction on the Ice Rink

News from the Fairground

Anyone visiting the museum over the last couple of weeks can’t have failed to notice the large around of ground works taking place around the…

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Bingfield Steams Again

Bingfield Steams Again

We were recently invited to see the inaugural steaming of the Bingfield Engine at Anson Engine Museum, Cheshire. The Bingfield Engine & Thresher, made between…

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