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I do not think there will be a lot left at Cramlington, there have been two opencast mines on the old airfield and the Northumberlandia construction is now at the south end of the site. I have a photo of the Airship shed taken from Nelson Colliery in the 1960's I will look out.

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I know for a fact there's nothing there other than a memorial, but I do have two wartime aerial photos of the site and a plan. I'm not sure the open cast got as far as the flying site. The new road runs through where the hangars were, parallel to the original road.

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On 8/27/2020 at 9:11 PM, Jessie The Jeep said:

So after breakfast on Friday morning, I took "Jessie" out for a drive around the roads that encircle the airfield. I began by heading away from the airfield, towards the water tower we'd driven by the day before while going to the camp site. The tower dominates the road side and is still an impressive structure, 75 years later.

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From there, I turned around and headed back to the airfield. Driving down the public road to the East of the airfield, the only surviving hangar can be seen, a Miskins blister hangar. Back in 1988, the aviation company I worked for, dismantled the last of the T1 hangars for re-use at Newcastle Airport.

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The  RAF  Tranwell  'blisters'  have a interesting history from the WW2 re-positioning -  Ref. the book by Chorlton for the area landing fields.  Some were blown over in a gale and others re-positioned quite a distance without dismantling.  The Ministry filmed the procedure and yet it is a mystery how it was done  ?

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The forum software upgrade is blocking the http photos I host myself in the forum. I haven't decided whether it's worth continuing my vehicle threads. A bunch of links isn't quite the same as having the story and pictures here.

In the mean time, my second trip to RAF Eshott and RFC Cramlington can be found on the links below.

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2020/eshott.htm

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Further Cramlington pictures can be found here -

http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2020/cramlington.htm

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Hett Village, Sunderland Bridge and Broom House Farm - September 27th

While browsing Google Earth, we spotted a Nissen hut in a village not to far away, so went out for a Jeep drive to investigate it today.

See - http://www.sacarr.co.uk/mymvs/events/2020/hett.htm

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I'm currently moving all my websites to a new host, who should be able to offer free secure hosting, allowing me to use https links. I'm currently waiting for my present host to release my domain name to allow it to be transferred to the new host. Once it is all sorted, I'll have to go back through all my old threads and change every picture link to the new secure site, but in the long run, the threads should live on.

I did discover recently that Google Chrome started blocking any http content in secure websites - so called "Mixed Content". So if you've been looking at sites where all the pictures have suddenly vanished, Chrome is probably the reason. It happened on my laptop this week and a day later, Chrome on my mobile did the same. I switched to Firefox which still allows mixed content, but they just add a caution in the address bar that the secure page has some insecure content, rather than just block it regardless.

So perhaps within a week or so, I'll be fully moved to my new host and things can return to normal. We did have a Jeep trip out yesterday, looking for the Autumn colours in the trees. It turns out the colour of Autumn was actually grey.......and quite wet! Perhaps it is time to refit the doors on the Jeep?

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The transfer of my domain name was completed overnight. I had previously transferred all my websites to the new host and set up the SSL security this morning. It's been a little scary as I don't feel that I'm enough of a technospod to understand, but fortunately I have a techie friend who does and he pointed me in the right direction.

So now my sites and pictures are https which once again allows me to post pictures on this forum.

That did leave all the pictures in the thread still with http links, so I've spent 9 hours today, editing every post and correcting the links! Just the Dodge and GPW threads to edit now!!

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Tanfield Tour - October 17th

With the tech problems behind me ( I hope ), it's back to the story. We decided to have another run out in the Jeep to have a look at the colours of Autumn now the trees are turning. It turned out that the colour of Autumn was grey!! What started out as an overcast but bright day, soon turned into a wet one after we got going! The planned route was a roughly circular tour from Washington, through Birtley, Beamish and on to Tanfield Railway for a coffee stop. I tried to find country lanes along the way which might be more scenic and colourful, as the trees are well on their way to showing Autumn colours.

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I had the dash cam fitted to record additional images, but didn't compile a video from this trip. Passing through Beamish Museum, it caught the riveted steel pillbox beside the 1940's farm. That's not a position that would have appealed to me, knowing from World War 1, how impacts often caused the rivets of early tanks to shatter, sending shrapnel flying. At the bottom of the bank after passing the farm, we stopped for a few photos.

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The trees at Beamish were just in the early stages of changing colour, with a few yellows and reds, but mostly still shades of green.

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From Beamish, we followed the country lanes to Kip Hill at the North Edge of Stanley. From there we headed North West to East Tanfield Station, the end of the line at Tanfield Railway. Their station building is open a few hours a day, serving refreshments to help cover losses caused by covid. 

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After the coffee and cake stop, we headed on to Tanfield village and then turned North East towards Causey Arch. As we left the station, the first spots of fret turned to larger droplets of water and it wasn't long before it got very wet. My dashcam was just out of the sweep of the windscreen wipers, so I had to regularly give the screen a wipe with an old rag so the camera still had a view.

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We stopped in a couple of places along the road to Causey for photos. The road then dropped down the steep bank to the bottom of the valley and up the other side and over Bobgins crossing, meeting the A6076 road to Sunniside. We drove along that road, running parallel to the railway into Sunniside, before turning South East towards Old Ravensworth.

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From Lamesley, we headed South back to Birtley and then to the North edge of Washington, calling in to an old level crossing on the West side of Springwell. This crossing was part of Bowes Railway. Originally, this line linked up to Tanfield Railway at Marley Hill. Back in the late 1970s and early 80s, my dad and I were volunteers at Bowes Railway.

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We manned this level crossing, which was on the rope haulage section of the line. Due to the steep incline, stationary steam engines were located at winding houses at the tops of the hills and raised or lowered wagons by winching them on steel cables. This section of the line is now disused, though the track is still there in the undergrowth. The last picture shows a set of six wagons being lowered down the hill back in the 1980s.

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On 10/20/2020 at 7:51 PM, Jessie The Jeep said:

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That did leave all the pictures in the thread still with http links, so I've spent 9 hours today, editing every post and correcting the links! Just the Dodge and GPW threads to edit now!!

Wow .... when you first posted about the issue after the changes to HMVF requiring https one thought I had was if there was a short cut to this.

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I had hoped to go on a small tour of local war memorials on Remembrance Sunday, but the new lockdown stopped that. There's four that I had planned to visit. However, I think I'll still try to do the trip in December when the lockdown eases again, as remembrance isn't a one day affair.

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Decembrance Day - December 20th

With the proper November remembrance Day locked down and raining heavily, I delayed my trip out until December. I had planned to visit the war memorials at Washington, Cleadon, Whitburn and Boldon. After stopping to fill up with fuel, we made our way to the Washington memorial. As we drove into the village, there was a white van parked in front, barriers and workmen. There was no way we'd get a decent picture, so turned around and headed East towards Cleadon for the next stop.

Due to the major A19 roadworks, our usual route was closed, so we ended up taking another road that brought us close to Hylton Castle. We'd hoped to park in the car park for and stopped there for a few pictures.

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After a few quick photos at the castle, we carried on to Cleadon, parking around the back of the memorial as there were double yellow lines almost everywhere. After taking some pictures, Lynne took the camera to the other side of the road while I drove passed so she could get a photo of the Jeep and memorial.

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