Sunday, 10 December 2017

Snowy Santa Specials

Cold start this morning


Ashington No.5 powering round Percy Main curve, about to start the climb

08915 banking at the rear

Harton Electric E4 lit up in the museum

Snow starting to lay thick towards the end of the day

Rolling into Middle Engine Lane with the last train of the day

Happy passengers saying their goodbyes to Santa Claus whilst Ashington No.5 rolls back into the yard before disposal

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Santa Specials at Percy Main

Ran Tanners performing on the platform

Ashington No.5 simmering away just after arriving at Percy Main

Santa Claus having a quick warm up before handing out presents


Fireman Richard building up his fire prior to departure from Percy Main

Friday, 8 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December 2017

No.401 Work

Michael and John have been working on 401s axleboxes today, soon the axleboxes will be split in order to reveal the roller bearings, they will be inspected and have the old grease removed, be thoroughly cleaned and new fresh grease applied

John working on one of 401s axleboxes

Sunday, 3 December 2017

A5 Joining In

A.No.5 joined the South end of the train today to Top N Tail with Ashington No.5

Saturday, 2 December 2017

First Day of Santa Specials

Breakfast time!

Steaming up

Sat in Middle Engine Lane platform ready to depart with the first train of the day

Santa Claus greeting a train full of excited children at Percy Main

Steam crew from left to right, Cleaner Joe Stuart, Driver Michael Darling and Fireman Stephen Thornton

Battery operated fairy lights lit up on the handrails


Friday, 1 December 2017

Last Minute Santa Prep


ACC5 being disposed of after today's Schools Special and Staff Training trains



Back in the shed with Michael fixing tinsel to the locomotives handrails

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Festoon in the Snow

Photos below showing Richard setting up festoon lighting along the pathway to the platform in this mornings lovely blizzard!









Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ashington No.5 out on test

Ashington No.5 has been in full steam today, testing out the safety valves & steam heating

ACC5 on the South end of the coaching stock with the safety valves successfully lifting whilst testing the steam heating

Light engine test run up the line


Simmering in the moon light

Monday, 27 November 2017

Fire's Lit in ACC5

Ashington No.5 had a warming fire lit this morning for the first time since June, she will be out on test tomorrow

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Steam Heat & Carriage Lighting Tests

Volunteers have had the coaching stock out tonight in order to test the lighting works as well as the newly fitted steam heating to A.No.5

Brake & SLO lit up

First Class lit up


The steam heating that has been fitted to A.No.5 has been borrowed from No.1 and is fitted in such a way that it is completely reversible, this is due to the locomotive being a museum object

A5 will be a standby loco throughout this years Santa Specials with Ashington No.5 rostered as the main loco


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Paint job on ACC5

After the heavy work that has been carried out on Ashington No.5 recently, the running board was a bit of a mess, Michael and John have spent this afternoon giving it a new lick of black gloss




Friday, 24 November 2017

Stain & Varnish

The fireman's seat from Ashington No.5 was removed today for some cosmetic work

Progress after the wood was stained and then varnished

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Peckett Progress Update

Its been another busy evening in the workshop tonight, with Ashington No.5's smokebox getting cemented around the base of the blastpipe, as well as the brick arch getting put in as well as a few other smaller jobs, see photos and captions below

Fire bricks placed in the smokebox to minimise the amount of cement being used

Michael applying some denso tape around the nuts that hold the blastpipe base down, this is partly to protect them and to make the job easier for the next group of people who take the blast pipe out

Mixing cement

John in the smokebox placing and smoothing out the cement

Rob getting the next batch of cement ready to mix


Cementing the smokebox complete

Next onto the brick arch, here Michael is already in and smoothing out cement that has been placed on the brick arch former

Once in, it will take 4 to 5 days for the cement to set, which is when the former can be removed

The manifold now in place, the steam heat valve was removed temporarily to have the spindle straightened

Photo showing the steam space in the dome, steam collector for the regulator and new shiny (ish) tubes in place

The last job for tonight was removing the very heavy dome plate in order to replace the gasket, here Michael is cleaning up the face before applying graphite paste and fitting a new gasket