Friday, 4 August 2017

Video of work on Ashington No.5


Two short clips, the first showing Tom and Michael in the firebox punching out a tube. The second is Tom back in the smokebox continuing to collapse in tube ends with a hammer and chisel, in preparation for removal

Ashington No.5 Update - More Tube Removal Work

Tom (L) and Michael (R) having a short break in the firebox before punching another tube out

Michael removing another tube

Tom starts collapsing in the tube ends on the next row

Thursday, 3 August 2017

A.No.5 Update

A.No.5 passed her insurance exam today and will be hauling passenger trains this Sunday, departing Middle Engine Lane at 1130, 1230, 1400 & 1500

Stock Image from 2014

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Throwback Thursday #24

March 1990, with the railway still under construction and Middle Engine Lane platform nearly complete

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Friday, 14 July 2017

Ashington No.5 Update, With a Busy Black Gang

Michael W in the firebox cleaning off tube ends with the angle grinder

Tom working in the smokebox, collapsing tube ends in

Michael uses a cow chisel to break the tube beading off

Tom using the chisel to cave the tube end in to break the expanded seal

Michael beginning to knock a tube out from the firebox end

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Firebox end

John working on breaking up the concrete in the smokebox that holds the blastpipe base in, this must be removed to allow the bottom row of tubes to be removed

Smokebox end

Monday, 3 July 2017

Sunday, 2 July 2017

More Tube Removal Prep

Successfully removed blastpipe from Ashington No.5's smokebox

Tube Removal Prep

Lumps of the brick arch on the footplate after being removed from the firebox to allow fitters to work on tube removal on Ashington No.5

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Dumper Truck Update

First coat of yellow on the top side of the frames

Richard shot-blasting engine components

Coat of primer on some other components

Richard welding the chassis

Michael W cleaning the gearbox

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Day #5 of Day Out With Thomas

D2078 replaced a failed 08915 on the last day of the event

Last train of the day being double headed by Thomas and Ashington No.5

Just some of the team who made it all happen. Until next year Thomas!