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The Bloody History of Hunwick

Between 1846 and 1912 no less than 21 men and boys lost there lives in the pits of Hunwick, the youngest, Joseph Johnson was employed as a stone picker at West Hunwick Colliery, when on 30 Jan 1856 he was crushed between two waggons.

Published on 20th of June 2019

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John Andrew - The Saltburn Smuggler

It was while I was looking into my Maternal Grandmother's branch of the family, I came across John Andrew (My Great Great Grandfather) born in Skelton about 1819, He was listed in the 1871 Census as living at The Rectory, Skelton, and listed as keeper of Hunting Hounds.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Hunwick Village

Hunwick Village lies about two and a quarter miles north-west of Bishop Auckland, on the B6286 between Bishop Auckland and Willington in County Durham and is still a very rural and quiet village. It is built on a hill slope and looks toward the east over the Wear Valley and has a Population of 1,248 (2011 Census).

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Hunwick Train crash 1869

A train had arrived at Branspeth colliery from Tyne dock and deposited empty wagons in the sidings ready for loading. The locomotive then proceeded to shunt full coal wagons to form a train to go back to tyne dock. This involved the wagons being pulled out onto the main running line and back into the sidings, unfortunately the fireman who was unfamiliar with this operation inadvertently allowed the full wagons to continue on the main line and not turn them into the sidings.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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L.N.E.R Returns

From 24 June 2018 the East Coast Main Line railway franchise previously run by Virgin Trains and Stagecoach was brought back into public ownership and will be run by a wholly government owned company branded as London North Eastern Railway (L.N.E.R).

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Diesel traction on British Railways is 60 years old.

Over the weekend 21-22 April 2018 The Weardale Railway held it's 'Class 31 Gala' celebrating 60 years of diesel traction. The Class 31's originally known as Brush Type 2's, first entered service on BR Eastern Region in 1957 as one of the pilot diesel locomotives designed to replace steam traction.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Battersby Railway Station

On Saturday 14 April 2018 i visited Battersby station in North Yorkshire to photograph 'The Whitby Flyer' steam charter. After the train had passed through i had some time to look around before my train home, and while at fist sight this is just another small country station miles from anywhere there are signs that this was once a much larger station.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Colwick MPD

Colwick MPD was first opened as an engine shed by the Ambergate, Nottingham & Boston, and Eastern Junction Railway in 1850 to supplement the company facility at Ambergate yard in Grantham and was operated by the G.N.R. from 1855, and prior to the take over of British Railways (BR) in 1949 was known by the designation CLK.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Weather Station Software

There are hundreds of web sites giving instructions on reading weather sensors with a Raspberry Pi, but i have developed additional software functions to overcome the shortcomings of the wind sensors.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Weather Station

I have built several weather stations over the years, the latest incarnation is based on a Raspberry Pi mini computer as opposed to the previous Arduino micro controller. This gives me more flexibility and increased processing power while still having the ability to interface with most weather sensors, except it does not support analog inputs.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Once in a Blue Moon.

In most cultures throughout time the full moon was given a name that Symbolises the time of year ie. Harvest moon in Autumn. There are twelve names for the full moons, but as the full moon cycles every 29.5 days this means that every 2 to 3 years there are thirteen full moons in a year. This thirteenth full moon is called the 'Blue Moon'

Published on 12th of June 2019

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Hunwick History

There is a possibility that some form of settlement existed during Roman times on this site as the main road through Hunwick follows the path of the Roman road 'Dere Street' on it's way north from Binchester (Vinovium) Roman fort in Bishop Auckland.

Published on 12th of June 2019

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