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Great North Steam Fair Part 4...

Great North Steam Fair Part 4…

In this post we’ll have a look at some of the commercial vehicles attending – just for the sake of creating something of a theme.  With…

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Painting Samson - Part 1: Paintwork

Painting Samson – Part 1: Paintwork

I thought readers might be interested in following the painting stages of Samson as we begin the final stages of construction and gather the many…

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T&I News Week 8 2015...

T&I News Week 8 2015…

Covering the period up to and including Saturday 28th February 2015  With a number of other posts in preparation when the rather hectic diary allows,…

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T&I News Update Week 7 2015...

T&I News Update Week 7 2015…

Covering the period up to and including Saturday February 21st 2015 Site work Below: The signalbox at Rowley Station is now nearing completion, with the…

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Curator's bookshelf...

Curator’s bookshelf…

The photo above shows the London Transport Museum’s ‘Battle Bus’ alongside Tom Fryer’s Crossley Tender – chosen as I could not get the blog template…

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Great North Steam Fair 2015 Part 3...

Great North Steam Fair 2015 Part 3…

We’re still over a week from the deadline for return of invitations for exhibiting at the GNSF, but already there is a sizable response and…

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Great North Steam Fair 2015 Part 2...

Great North Steam Fair 2015 Part 2…

Introducing the Battle Bus… We are very pleased to announce that the famous London Transport Museum ‘Battle Bus’ B2737 will be in attendance at Beamish…

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T&I News Week 5/6 2015... *Updated*

T&I News Week 5/6 2015… *Updated*

Covering the period up to and including Saturday 14th February 2015 As ever there is lots happening but not necessarily different enough in appearance to…

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Remembering West Stanley

Remembering West Stanley

Today marks the 106th anniversary of the West Stanley Colliery Explosion. The event was the most deadly single explosion in the County, resulting in the…

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Early days at Beamish...

Early days at Beamish…

I recently received a CD of images from Brian Tunnard, who has very kindly allowed them to be shared with a wider audience via the…

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Great North Steam Fair 2015... Part 1

Great North Steam Fair 2015… Part 1

So, the Great North Steam Fair is but 9 weeks or so away and as ever, the pages of this blog will record just some of…

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Portbury arrives and steams...

Portbury arrives and steams…

Portbury (or No.34 as we should refer to it as it is in the guise it appeared before being named), arrived at Beamish yesterday (Tuesday),…

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T&I News week 4 2015...

T&I News week 4 2015…

Covering the period up to and including Saturday 31st 2015 Bus Restoration Below: This week we collected our second Leyland Cub, HL9621, from a location…

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T&I News Week 3 2015...

T&I News Week 3 2015…

Covering the period up to and including Saturday 24th January 2015 Here is a mixed presentation of news from the team this week, covering site activities and progress…

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Leyland Cub Progress - January 2015

Leyland Cub Progress – January 2015

The remarkable pace of restoration of our Leyland Cub (ex Crosville) continues as the Historic Vehicle Restoration team apply their skills to the mechanical rebuild…

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For many years this house clearance was displayed on the back of the lorry.

New features on the blog…

For quite some time I have been aware that the blog stocklists are getting a little out of date.  To this end, a new downloadable…

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Narrow gauge musings...

Narrow gauge musings…

Reportable news has been a bit thin on the ground over the last week or so – as I don’t want to endlessly repeat the…

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More archive photos...

More archive photos…

New and interesting photographs continue to emerge from collections, online auctions and donations – here is a smattering of some of the recent material that…

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Remembering Frank Atkinson

Remembering Frank Atkinson

Since the sad news of the death of Frank Atkinson, the museum’s founding Director, we wanted to mark his contribution to the Transport and Industry…

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T&I News Week 1 2015...

T&I News Week 1 2015…

Hello and happy new year!  Welcome to the first blog post for 2015, which starting very much as we finished last year, looks at some…

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Winter gold - capturing the glint...

Winter gold – capturing the glint…

The operation of steam locomotives in cold winter weather has its challenges, but also its rewards – when the low sun shines, the steam condenses…

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Looking back, looking forwards... Review of 2014, forecasts for 2015

Looking back, looking forwards… Review of 2014, forecasts for 2015

The title photo sums up much of what we try to achieve – to present to visitors a real sense of the past in tangible…

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T&I News Update - last one for 2014...

T&I News Update – last one for 2014…

Having started to number the weekly news posts, it is clear that something went awry and we are a little short on numbers – I…

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Narrow gauge developments...

Narrow gauge developments…

A small group of like-minded friends and individuals has grouped together to form a regular narrow gauge working party to help develop this particular aspect…

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A new acquisition for the Colliery

A new acquisition for the Colliery

With the help of members of the Friends we were made aware of some interesting industrial relics in Northumberland. A 20ft set of workshop line shafting,…

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T&I News Update Week 47 2014...

T&I News Update Week 47 2014…

News on the blog has been a little short lately.  Not because nothing is happening, but because a great deal o my time has been…

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T&I News Update Week 45 2014...

T&I News Update Week 45 2014…

Last week saw progress on a number of fronts, so here are some of them in a slightly delayed report for the week… Roadmending and…

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Rolling Restorations Part 8: B&P collection grows...

Rolling Restorations Part 8: B&P collection grows…

It has been a little while since I updated this particular thread on this blog.  Topics covered have included the overhaul of Beamish’s Fowler steam…

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T&I News Update Week 44 2014...

T&I News Update Week 44 2014…

This week we look at our two main transport contracts – Dunrobin and 716 (the Leyland Cub) where significant progress has been made over the…

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Portbury: 2015's Rowley motive power...

Portbury: 2015′s Rowley motive power…

We are very pleased to be able to confirm that the locomotive which will spend at least the first half of the 2015 operating season…

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