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

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Further Teak Removal

Loading up the storage rack with teak

To be removed


Michael collecting parts for storage

Upcoming Events

Janet filling out the chalkboard in the cafe area with upcoming events at the Museum

Monday, 11 September 2017

Teak Removal

The lads have been busy today removing all pieces of teak wood from our Gresley Pigeon van and putting in storage in the Carriage & Wagon workshop

New storage rack

John carrying a large plank of teak wood





Sunday, 10 September 2017

Busy Day at NTSR

A lot of people came out today for free train rides, part of the Heritage Open Days event

A.No.5 & D2078 top & tailing 3 carriages

A.No.5 powering out of Percy Main

Bombing up the line

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Bait & Branch Cutting

Driver & Chef Tom

Collecting overgrown lineside vegetation on the salmon wagon

A.No.5 on the mainline with the salmon wago


Friday, 8 September 2017

Dumper Truck Update

Steering column and flooring fitted

Different angle showing the painted steering column

Thursday, 7 September 2017

A.No.5 Cosmetic Work Update

Tom using the wire wheel to polish up A5s rear buffers, the cheating method

Completed cosmetic work in the cab

Backhead and firehole doors painted black, handbrake, cylinder drain cocks handle, regulator, reverser, blower valve, both steam injector valves and steam brake valve all stripped of red paint and polished

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

08915 Spare Exhauster Overhaul Begins

Chris inspecting the vacuum exhauster to get an idea of the work required to get it working again

Main pump removed



A.No.5 Cosmetic Work in the Cab Progress

Michael stripping the handbrake of red paint

One side of the reverser stripped of red paint, unfortunately not every single bit of red paint can be taken off as it is a big job to remove the reverser lever, so it has to be done where it stands, making it difficult to get into the enclosed parts of the lever 

Cylinder Drain Cocks handle completed sanded down

Cafe Refurbishment Progress

Further progress has been made this morning with the refurbishment of the cafe kitchen by Jean and Rob, including cleaning and painting

The Waggonway Tearoom is planned to be open sometime in October

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

No.401 - Cosmetic Work

Finally got round to finishing off 401s regulator, Michael is pictured sanding it down to perfection

Dogfish Update

The Dogfish ballast wagon has been shunted outside today after a cosmetic overhaul

There are still a few touch ups to finish which can be completed outside, this has allowed our Brake Van to be shunted inside for a cosmetic overhaul