Of all the little gems at Tanfield, this Victorian engine house, workshop, and forge is probably the finest. Stone built with two roads, both with an inspection pit, a fully functioning, belt driven, workshop, there’s even a punch clock and cards, to complete the picture. In many respects it really is just as it must have been when the last shift clocked off.
Originally constructed for the Pontop & Jarrow Railway / Bowes Railway, in 1854, it is, reputedly, the oldest engine shed in the Europe still doing what it was constructed for, housing and servicing a fleet of working locomotives. The locomotive being tended to is former Keighley Gas Works, Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST No.2, of 1911 vintage. Alongside her is LH&JCR No.14, also an 0-4-0ST and built by Hawthron Leslie in 1911. No.14 spent her working life on the near by system – the Lambton Hetton & Joicey Colliery Railway.
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