Monday, 30 May 2016

Bank Holiday Running & After Hours Shunting

Ashington No.5 raising steam in the yard in the early hours
Visitors enjoying an up close view of Ashington No.5 working hard

The driver awaiting the green flag from the guard at Middle Engine Lane
Driver Michael Wortley (L) and Fireman Stephen Thornton after a good day of running trains on Ashington No.5
The 03 pulling the crane down from the South headshunt onto the main shed road
ACC.No.5 propelling the crane onto the flat road after picking it up from the 03
The crane successfully shunted

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Saturday Jobs


George and Richard inspecting the levers on Ashington No.5's ashpan, after one snapped yesterday
Ron continuing painting on the Tool Van
John drilling the new lever for Ashington No.5's ashpan
Richard welding underneath Ashington No.5
Ashington No.5 with a warming fire in preparation for a busy weekend in service
Another day painting completed by Ron, with the other end of the Tool Van painted in undercoat

Friday, 27 May 2016

Running In

Ashington No.5 has been steamed up today to be run in after having a spring change. The locomotive is running passenger services this Sunday (29th) & Bank Holiday Monday (30th). 


Our freight brake van will be added to the train this Bank Holiday Monday, directly behind Ashington No.5, allowing passengers to get an upclose view of the loco hard at work. Passengers can ride in the brake van for a small donation on top of the normal ticket price, all donations go towards the work required on our Bagnall Locomotive, No.401

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Burning the midnight oil

Tonight the volunteers have been hard at work with the tool van again, pictured below are two of the railways volunteers working with needle guns and wire wheels to remove years of old paint and many years of rust







Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Late night spring change

The broken spring 
ACC.No.5 blocked up
Richard jacking up Ashington No.5
Michael & Richard installing the replacement spring
Ashington No.5's boiler being filled 

Wednesday Jobs

Beginning the block up to Ashington No.5 ready for the spring replacement
John S & John D fixing a leak on D2078s fuel tank drain

Kevin collecting sleepers and timbers for packing

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Further Progress in the C&W Workshop

This evening in the Carriage & Wagon workshop, Tom and Richard have been busy with a needle gun tackling the tool van making further progress with the vans cosmetic overhaul.