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We are running our trains this Sunday 18th February at The Grange Community Centre at Hurworth from 10m until 12.30. We will have both electrics available but I'm not sure about steam locos. Two of our regular steam locos may still be out of commission, one of them requires a steam test and the other was waiting for a spare part. The part may have arrived by now and if so it would take no time to fit so the engine may be available.In any case, we intend running one of our club engines.This has had some remedial work done over winter and requires running to make sure that it is fit for service. This engine is still in compliance with all safety certificates so if it runs O.K. then we can use it to pull passengers.See you all on SundayMick. ... See MoreSee Less
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I do apologise to those people who come to our track expecting a steam train to be running but the reality is that these trains take up to an hour to reach working pressure and temperature and we tend not to start the process of firing up the engines until we have enough passengers arriving for rides. In the winter months, because we know that the popularity of our rides is low, our members tend to put their engines away and winterise them for the season so we have fewer steam engines available to us.These engines are normally housed in cold sheds and garages and winterisation means that the engines are drained and blown down to stop frost damage. they are also lubed and cleaned to help keep them in prime condition. The frosts are getting less now so our members will be looking at checking pipework, non-return valves, drain cocks and boiler tubes in readiness for firing them up again. They will be checking that all of the necessary paperwork is in place and boiler and steam tests are carried out . Please be patient with us as we all patiently wait for a bit warmer weather. ... See MoreSee Less
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Don't forget that we are running our trains tomorrow at "The Grange Community Centre " from 10am until 12.30.We will have 2 electrics available and hopefully a steam engine if we get enough visitors.We may even get out our table top railway if there is enough interest. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running on Sunday 4th February 10am. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our next steaming session will be on Sunday 21st January. Should have 2 electrics available and at least one steam engine. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are always looking for new members to join our club. If you are interested then have a chat with one of our members at our Sunday steaming events on the first and third Sunday in the month. Alternatively just turn up on any Tuesday night (back on the 8th January) in the basement of The Grange Community Centre.As a member of our club, we will train you to drive both electric and steam trains on our permanent track. If you have a train yourself or are thinking of purchasing one then we have a comprehensive workshop with all of the relevant equipment to make and repair all model engines. We also have our own boiler inspectors and there is no charge to members requiring an annual steam test or a hydraulic test. We are committed to being part of the community and carry out various functions throughout the year either on our home ground or with our portable track. We also have an annual commitment to give rides to the local cubs, brownies, squirrels, rainbows and beavers.Our permanent track has 4 rails on it, which are designed to carry 3 sizes of rolling stock so we can run 3.5 inch Gauge, 5 inch Gauge and 7.25 inch Gauge engines. We also have a table top railway which is situated near our station, we assemble this for demonstration purposes when we have enough members to run it or enough customers are interested. If you need any more info then leave a message on here on pop down the track and ask for me.Mick Stirman ... See MoreSee Less
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We will be running our trains on Sunday 7th January at The Grange Community Centre from 10am until 12.30. We will be running the electric trains and if there is enough of a demand then the steam trains will be out.Weather forecast is sunny/cloudy with no rain but will be a bit cold. Anyone from outside of our area, please wrap up well. Locals, put your cardigan on. ... See MoreSee Less
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I apologise for this late post about our Sunday running but it seems I didn't save my original post and it got lost in the proverbial cloud.We are running our engines this Sunday 17th December from 10 until 12.30 weather permitting.We will be a bit light on the ground due to a long standing commitment with "Head of Steam" 's Santa at the Station event which is still taking place at an alternative venue. "Head of Steam" is now called "Hopetown" and will re-open later next year.We are quite used to splitting our forces and it should not cause us any problems. We will be using the Azuma electric train on the track and will have Steve's steam engine in reserve if we get busy.At this time of year, a lot of steam enthusiasts retire their engines to the workshop for winterisation or repairs and we are no exception. Winterisation entails cleaning out the boiler tubes, ash pan etc. and draining and blowing down all of the associated pipework and covering up the engine to prevent frost from cracking any water lines. We have done this with one of our engines and we have been doing some remedial work on "Tom". None of the work was deemed absolutely essential but we have found a few worn bushes and blocked drain holes which required attention and a few slightly worn seals have been replaced. The work is almost complete and "Tom" should be back on the track, working better than before the repairs were carried out.See you all on Sunday.Mick. ... See MoreSee Less
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We apologise to all of our regular visitors but I'm afraid we have called off our event for today. A lot of our members come from quite far afield and due to the snow and ice on the back roads and even the major roads to these places, we felt it was not reasonable for them to put themselves at risk.Hopefully we will be running again on Sunday 17th December.See you then.Mick ... See MoreSee Less
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Tickets are selling fast to this year's Meet Santa event! Bring this kids to Meet Santa in his magical grotto and find out if they're on the naughty or nice list! All children meeting Santa will receive a special gift Saturday 9th DecemberBEST AVAILABILITYSunday 10th DecemberBEST AVAILABILITYSaturday 16th DecemberLIMITED TICKETS REMAININGSunday 17th DecemberFULY BOOKEDFirthmoor Community Centre, Burnside Road, Darlington, DL1 4SUVarious slots between 10am-4pm🎟️ Ticket Information 🎟️Tickets to meet Santa must be booked in advance and will also act as your entry to the other free activities🎟️ Non members tickets: £8 per childEnter N/A in the membership pass number box when booking🎟️ Members tickets: £6 per childquote your Head of Steam membership pass number and promo code Santa2023 at the checkout to receive the discount Still want to enjoy some festive fun without meeting Santa? You can join in with the other festive activities for free - there'll be mini train rides, face painting and Christmas themed art & crafts too! Grab your tickets hereTickets Firthmoor Community Centre has free parking. The venue is fully accessible and can be reached by Arriva Bus service 13A/13B Refreshments will be available in the community centre café See you there! Thank you,The Hopetown Darlington team ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running the trains on Sunday 19th November at The Grange Community Centre at Hurworth. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our engines this Sunday November 5th at our new station area "Hurworth Halt". This is providing the weather is kind to us. We may not be using the "Azuma". This largely depends on whether we get some spare parts in time. We have been plagued with some intermittent failures for a few weeks now and some obvious suspect parts have been changed and cured the problem. However on further investigation the fault was elsewhere and we have had to order some new spares. We do have some alternative trains to use and depending on attendance figures and weather, we may also have a steam engine available. Some of our members are starting to prepare their engines for winter now which means emptying out and blowing down all of the water from the boiler and pipework and cleaning out the boiler tubes to prevent any frost from cracking the engines but we still have a lot of engines available to use. Hope to see you all on Sunday.Mick ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our ride-on electric and steam trains this Sunday at The Grange Community Centre at Hurworth from 10 until 12.30. ... See MoreSee Less
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We will be running our trains this Sunday at The Grange Community Centre, Hurworth from 10 until 12.30 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains on Saturday 2nd September and Sunday 3rd September.Saturday is in conjunction with the Hurworth Country Fair and we will be there from 10.30 until 4pm.Sunday will be a normal running day and we will be there from 10 until 12.30.We should have both electric and steam trains running. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains at Hurworth on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are next running trains on Sunday 6th August at Hurworth. We will be running both steam and electric trains from 10am until 12.30.We will also be running our portable track at Shildon "Locomotion" during August as well. We will be there, outside of the main engine shed from 11am until 4pm on the 2nd and 3rd August and again on 23rd and 24th August. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our ride on Miniature trains this Sunday 16th July. We will be running both electric and steam trains. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our next Sunday running at The Grange Community Centre at Hurworth is Sunday 18th June. ... See MoreSee Less
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Our next running event is Sunday 4th June and we will be running both steam and electric trains. ... See MoreSee Less
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It's less than a week until the Museum takes the Vintage Vehicle Rally on the move.Come and see us at North Park Darlington on Sunday 21 May 2023 10am - 4pmThere will be a variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles on display, the SDSME - South Durham Society of Model Engineers will also be there with their Mini Train RideFREE ENTRY to the eventInterim Family Membership pass holders will get free mini train rides (you will be asked to show your pass)£1 per ride for non members, under 4's are free - please note this is cash only!Parking is available at Harrowgate Hill Primary School and Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a few dates for your diaries.We are running our trains this Sunday 7th May at Hurworth.We are there again on Sunday 14th May for the Classic car show.On Sunday 21st May, we are splitting our forces and will be covering our normal 3rd Sunday running at Hurworth from 10 until 12.30but we will also be at North Road Park in Darlington with our portable track for the Vintage vehicle Rally.We are back at Hurworth for our normal Sunday running onSunday 4th June Sunday 18th JuneSunday 2nd July.Sunday 9th July is under 5's fun daySunday 16th is Sunday runningIn August we will be running our trains as normal on Sunday 6th and Sunday 20thIn addition we will be at Shildon with our portable track on Wednesday 2nd August and Thursday 3rd Augustand Wednesday 23rd August and Thursday 24th August.We have a new station platform area installed now to remove potential tripping hazards from the uneven flagstones which were constantly being moved by tree roots. The area is now more wheelchair and stroller friendly. ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a reminder that we are running our trains on this Sunday at Hurworth from 10 until 12.30.At the moment, our station area is a big hole in the ground. Hopefully the concrete will get poured prior to Sunday but the weather is not being very kind. Just be aware that we may have to modify our embarkation and dismounting from the trains on Sunday as our anti tipping mechanism will not be in use. Please pay particular attention to our members instructions so that we can ensure your safety.Thanking you in anticipation of your cooperation. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains again on Sunday 16th April ... See MoreSee Less
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Please be aware that when we run our trains on Sunday 2nd April, there may be a bit of building work taking place in the station area and this may entail some specific instructions to safely mount and dismount our trains. We are getting a new surface laid to remedy some potential tripping hazards. Please abide by our members instructions.Of course, circumstances may change and the work may be delayed but we thought it best to give you advanced warning. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains on Sunday 2nd April. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains on Sunday 19th March ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains on Sunday 19th February ... See MoreSee Less
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We will be running trains at The Grange Community Centre this Sunday 5th February from 10 until 12.30 provided the weather is good.Hopefully, we will have a steam engine on the track. ... See MoreSee Less
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If anyone is interested in joining our club then we are situated in the basement of The Grange Community Centre and will be there every Tuesday night from about 7pm. We have a meeting room which doubles as a library with an extensive range of model engineering magazines and drawings. We have a store room full of various useful materials for model building and we have a small but comprehensive workshop. Our workshop has 3 lathes, a grindstone, 2 milling machines, pedestal drills, electric saw, guillotine, rollers, in fact everything required to build a model engine. The only thing we don't do now is hot work due to insurance restrictions. Our members are only too pleased to pass on their accumulated knowledge to interested individuals and would be keen to assist people in the use of the workshop tools. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains on Sunday 15th January, weather permitting. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our engines this Sunday 18th December, weather permitting. We are not running on New Year's day so our next session will be on January 15th.SDSME - South Durham Society of Model En ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our engines this Sunday 18th December, weather permitting. We are not running on New Year's day so our next session will be on January 15th. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are always looking for new members to join our ranks. you don't need to have your own steam engine or any other model. As one of our member's you can tap into our amazing, accumulated knowledge and if you so wish, can be trained to use our small but comprehensive workshop to machine parts for any model that you may wish to make. You can also be trained up, initially to drive our electric trains and eventually our more challenging steam engines. As a member, you will benefit from free hydraulic and steam testing on any engines registered with the club and also take advantage of our comprehensive insurance policy. We do have a number of both electric and steam engines for members to use and we also have a tabletop garden railway close to our main track. We have single membership options as well as family options. If you are interested, pop down and talk to us on one of our running days or come down to The Grange on any Tuesday evening around 7pm in the basement. ... See MoreSee Less
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We will not be running our trains on Sunday 1st January. Sorry for any disappointment but our drivers are only human and may have partaken in some celebratory alcohol the night before to welcome in the new year. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are next running our engines on Sunday 18th December at The Grange Community Centre at Hurworth. ... See MoreSee Less
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We had a bad turn out on our last Sunday running. The weather didn't look too good but it ended up being quite reasonable. I think we had more members present than riders on our trains. We are there again this Sunday 4th December, so let's hope the weather stays good. We will be running at a reduced capacity this Sunday because we have a few Xmas commitments, and we are also running at "Head of Steam" for "Santa at the Station". We will hopefully have an electric and a steam train on at Hurworth as a minimum. The next Sunday running will also be similar on Sunday 18th December. We are quite used to running with fewer trains and members so we don't anticipate any major waiting times.Thank you in advance for your participation.Mick ... See MoreSee Less
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We are next running our engines on Sunday 4th December from 10 until 12.30 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our engines on Sunday 20th November. 10 until 12.30 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are running our trains this Sunday. We will have 2 electrics available and hopefully a steam engine and if we have enough members present then we may even have the garden railway set up. This all depends on the weather of course. ... See MoreSee Less
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We are next running our trains at Hurworth on Sunday 6th November and Sunday 20th November, weather permitting. ... See MoreSee Less
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🎃👻Not long to go until the Head of Steam Halloween Fun Day on Sunday 23 October 2022 11am - 3.30pm🎃👻Entertainment includesMini Train Ride, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Spooky Magic, Arts & Crafts and Halloween Trail☕🥪Museum Cafe is also open, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, crisps, snacks, cakes and biscuitsThis event is drop in, normal admission applies and included in yearly passes ... See MoreSee Less
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🎃👻Not long to go until the Head of Steam Halloween Fun Day on Sunday 23 October 2022 11am - 3.30pm🎃👻Entertainment includesMini Train Ride, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Spooky Magic, Arts & Crafts and Halloween Trail☕🥪Museum Cafe is also open, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, crisps, snacks, cakes and biscuitsThis event is drop in, normal admission applies and included in yearly passes ... See MoreSee Less
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🎃👻Not long to go until the Head of Steam Halloween Fun Day on Sunday 23 October 2022 11am - 3.30pm🎃👻Entertainment includesMini Train Ride, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Spooky Magic, Arts & Crafts and Halloween Trail☕🥪Museum Cafe is also open, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, crisps, snacks, cakes and biscuitsThis event is drop in, normal admission applies and included in yearly passes ... See MoreSee Less
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🎃👻Not long to go until the Head of Steam Halloween Fun Day on Sunday 23 October 2022 11am - 3.30pm🎃👻Entertainment includesMini Train Ride, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Spooky Magic, Arts & Crafts and Halloween Trail☕🥪Museum Cafe is also open, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, crisps, snacks, cakes and biscuitsThis event is drop in, normal admission applies and included in yearly passes ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a quick reminder that we are running our engines this Sunday at Hurworth from 10 until 12.30. We hope to have a steam engine on the track as well as the electrics. Please be patient with us as the steam trains are not as reliable as the electrics and may cause a bit of a queue at times. However, people love the steam engines, so we are reluctant to leave them off the track. One of our members has expressed an interest in getting our garden railway out, so as long as we have enough members present then we will do so. Our next running day will be at North Road "Head of Steam" for their Halloween event on Sunday 23rd October. This is usually a well-attended event and will include a face painter, a treasure hunt and some other entertainment. ... See MoreSee Less
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Just a quick reminder that we are running trains tomorrow, weather permitting. We anticipate having one or two electrics on the track and one or two steam trains. 10.00 until 12.30 ... See MoreSee Less
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We will be having the trains running at Hurworth Grange on Sunday 2nd October.10 until 12.30 ... See MoreSee Less
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We are at North Road Station Museum (Head of Steam) today to help them celebrate the station's birthday. £2 adults £1 childrenFace painting, flea circus, treasure trail and our miniature ride on railway. ... See MoreSee Less
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