Monday, 28 August 2017

08915 Running Round Today

Trainee Guard Joe holding the Annets Key, which operates the groundframe, out to the driver of 08915, Kevin, when the locomotives moves forward onto the coaching stock in Middle Engine Lane platform after running round

Dumper Truck Update - Engine Work

Today's Operations Controller, Richard, taking a break from the office work to work on the Dumper Trucks engine, fitting the cylinder head and lubrication lines


Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tomorrows Services

Unfortunately due to crewing issues A.No.5 will be replaced by No.08915 tomorrow

Dumper Truck Update - More Painting

Joe painting more parts of the Dumper Trucks bodywork in grey primer

Volunteers Cabin Receives Some Attention

Nigel has been busy this afternoon giving the portacabins door a new lick of paint







Smoke at Percy Main Today

A.No.5 ready to depart Percy Main earlier today with trainee fireman John Allen on the shovel, and driver Norman Swindle on the regulator

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Dumper Truck Update

Underside of the floor painted with primer

Steering column trial fitted and also painted in primer

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Ashington No.5s regulator valve uncovered for inspection

Michael inspecting and cleaning the innards of the firemans side injector 

Tom making gaskets for when the time comes to reinstall all boiler fittings

The locomotives backhead with fittings removed and blanking plates fitted

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sound Recording on A.No.5

A.No.5 hauling D2078, acting as dead weight, up the line for sound recording purposes

The sound recording was for an American company called Train Control Systems

Sat at the top of the bank with sound recording equipment attached

Dogfish Update

Painted buffer beam

Norman continuing to needle gun the frames

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cafe Refurbishment Begins


Joe and Michael D have started on the refurbishment of the old cafe inside the entrance to the Stephenson Railway Museum to soon turn it into the Waggonway Tearoom



Lineside Clearance


Michael D, Michael W and Joseph have been busy today down the line mending line side fencing and cutting back foliage






Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Michael cutting off a tube end to allow the tube to be removed

Some tubes wont come out as they have been expanded too much in the past, these tubes are cut and the ends extracted from the boiler later

All tubes successfully removed

Undergoing a boiler washout

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Killingworth Bridge


The former Killingworth Bridge cast iron decorative sides have arrived after the bridge had been replaced in a £5M scheme. The structure is currently stored on pallets pending a suitable location for reconstruction





Sunday, 6 August 2017

After Hours Mega Shunt

The lads have been busy tonight, after operating trains all day they have rearranged the museum, RSH No.1 and Harton E4 have swapped places, CIC.10 is joined with E4s battery wagon and the parcel van is front of No.1