News from the Industry and Maintenance Teams

News from the Industry and Maintenance Teams

In a varied blog post, and my first for some time, I thought I would begin with a recent addition to the museum’s collection. Museum…

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More Hire Locomotives Announced Part 2

More Hire Locomotives Announced Part 2

Some exciting news that I am sure has been eagerly awaited by many, Matt Ellis our Keeper of Transport reports on our latest hire locomotive….

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A Change of Scenery

A Change of Scenery

On a trip to see family, over the bank holiday weekend, I took the opportunity to go and see the Clay Mills Pumping Station, in…

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Industry Team Update

Industry Team Update

Now the dust has now settled, after the three weekends of the Great War Festival of Transport, I thought it was time for a short…

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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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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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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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News from the Fairground and Colliery

News from the Fairground and Colliery

Regular, visitors may have noticed the lack of steam at the Fairground this week. This has been caused by a broken stud in the fire…

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Old King Coal come rain or shine

Old King Coal come rain or shine

Just a short addition to Paul’s last posting marking the end of the festival of Transport. Below are a few images from the weekends Old…

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Old King Coal

Old King Coal

We are ending our Great North Festival Transport with our annual Old King Coal event. This community led event celebrates the regions mining heritage and…

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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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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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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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News from the Telephone Exchange

News from the Telephone Exchange

It has been a while since the last Telephone Exchange update, however, work has continued at an impressive rate. The UAX13 Exchange is now working…

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Just to give an idea of the scale. I am 6'2" and can stand up straight inside the turbine.

Durham’s Icy Past

We have a constant flow of donations coming into the museum, however, this week we had some more unusual items to add to the museums…

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Pit Pony Stables open for business!

Pit Pony Stables open for business!

Although the museum site has been covered in mist for the past few days our Old King Coal celebrations and the opening of the Pony…

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Pit Pony Stables almost complete!

Pit Pony Stables almost complete!

The Pit Pony Stable project is now nearing completion, ready for its grand opening on 29th March. Over the past few weeks the building has…

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The tub track installed, work has now started to lay the cobbled surface of the Stable Yard

Pit Pony Stables on track

As reported in the last Pit Pony Stables update work is now progressing with tub track in the stable yard. Tracks such as these provided a…

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The line tester

News from the Telephone Exchange

Our band of ex-BT volunteers are starting to make real progress with the telephone exchange. The exchange is working more reliably than it has for…

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Colliery Stables Update

Colliery Stables Update

Completion of the stables is getting closer which, given the weather, the ponies will be glad of. Shaun has been busy in the joiners shop…

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News from the Colliery

News from the Colliery

Work is once again picking up pace for the final push at the Pit Pony Stables, in the Pit Village. The building is now wind…

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News from the Colliery

News from the Colliery

A lot of joinery work has been going on in the Colliery over the last few weeks. Not only in the Stables but also Hetton…

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The origional stables at Rickless Drift

News from the Colliery Stables

Helped by the recent dry weather work on the stable roof has moved along very quickly. In fact, it seems we have got the roof…

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An unusual site on the Beamish Tramway during one of our closed days

News from Beamish Telecom

Thanks to some help from BT (the real one!) our project to increase the use of the museums Strowger exchange is making good progress. BT…

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