Monday, 18 September 2017

Waggonway Tea Room - Progress Report

Volunteers Jean and Rob have been doing an incredible job the past few weeks, completely transforming the cafe into the Waggonway Tea Room. The kitchen has been deep cleaned, re-structured and redecorated with the entrance and toilet facilities undergoing the same treatment. 

The entrance is being refurbished into a more heritage, 1930-1950s railway theme with cladding and dado rail. The colours will be cream and green with a large selection of railway pictures going up on the walls for atmosphere and customer/museum visitor interest. 

The cladding around the walls is halfway complete and should be finished in the next few days, followed by painting. 
Dado Rail is nearly complete all the way around the room

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Today at NTSR & A.No.5 History Lesson

Some lovely photos, taken by Alison Maw, of Kitson & Co Long Boiler Side Tank, A.No.5, in service today

A.No.5 was built by Kitson & Co in 1883, designed for the Consett Iron & Steel Company. The locomotive finished her working life at Derwenthaugh Coke Works in 1972 and then moved to Beamish Museum and then later to Monkwearmouth Station Museum, their association became the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association at a later date, which was when A.No.5 moved to Middle Engine Lane and they began the overhaul

She returned to steam in 1986 for the first time in preservation, the locomotive underwent another overhaul in the mid-1990s before being retired (again) in 2006. Throughout the loco's preservation life at NTSR she has mainly been a standby locomotive. In late 2013 A.No.5 was called upon yet again after the failure of our Peckett, Ashington No.5

 A.No.5 came out of retirement in early 2014 after a short overhaul and has been in operation ever since, proving to still be very reliable at 134 years old!

Trainee Fireman Robert Kitching uncoupling A.No.5 from the coaching stock at Middle Engine Lane

One of the downfalls to A.No.5 is the locos limited coal and water capacity. Today's crew, Driver Michael Wortley, Fireman Richard Russell and Cleaner Robert Kitching, spent most of their lunch break filling the engines bunker full of coal for the next two trips

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Brake Van News

John and Michael have also carried out an inspection of the brake van, which is now in the workshop for cosmetic overhaul, into a leak which had been reported around the West Side Ducket 

John beginning the removal process

Inspection indicated that the sealant has failed as well as the wood has began to rot

Work is now beginning to replace and reseal

Lineside Inspection and Foliage Cutting

A routine track inspection and trimming of lineside foliage was carried out by John and Michael today to maintain a suitable clearance for safe running of trains

John cutting back foliage

Friday, 15 September 2017

A.No.5 Update

Steam lubricator on top of the smokebox fitted with a temporary drain valve

Worn packing from the old drain valve which wasn't working properly

More Decorating

Rob continuing his work on installing wood panelling around the room

The floor of the cafe area after a deep clean by Jean, awaiting decorating

Thursday, 14 September 2017