Thursday, 19 October 2017

Throwback Thursday #28

D2078, or 03078 as it is in this photo, shunting George Stephenson's Killingworth Billy into the museum in 1989. Billy was built in 1826 for use at Killingworth Colliery and is known as one of the early pioneering Killingworth locomotives. It is usually called Killingworth Billy to differentiate it from Puffing Billy which was built by William Hedley in 1813 for use at Wylam Colliery.

Puffing Billy would have actually ran past George Stephenson's cottage in Wylam, which is where he got a lot of ideas for his locomotives from. Killingworth Billy ran up until 1881 when it was then presented to Newcastle City Council. Today Billy is still a proud static display in the Stephenson Railway Museum

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Steam & Steel Pans

To celebrate the official opening of the Waggonway Tearoom, this Sunday we will be joined by the North Tyneside Steel Band. The band will be giving performances throughout the day


Kitson & Co A.No.5 of 1883 will also be in service hauling passenger trains out of Middle Engine Lane at 1130, 1230, 1400 & 1500

Head over to our Facebook page to enter our competition, like and share the latest post to be entered into a prize draw, the winner will be announced on Saturday morning and will win a free train ride and Cream Tea for a family of four!

Our Facebook

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Brass Market

The Brass Market visited the Stephenson Railway Museum today bringing steampunk trade stands into the museum, heritage combat/pickpocketing demonstrations outside the museum entrance and live music performances in the Waggonway Tearoom

Successful First Weekend for the Waggonway Tearoom

This weekend was the unofficial opening of our new Waggonway Tearoom which proved to be very popular, the official & advertised opening is next weekend, the Stephenson Railway Museum and Tearoom will also be open throughout October Half Term

A limited menu was served this weekend with the full menu in operation next week

Decoration and menu supplied on each table

A5 in Service Today

Some photos of A.No.5 in service hauling passenger trains today

Pulling out of Percy Main with the first train, approaching the Tyne & Wear Metro Bridge

Simmering in the sun at Percy Main

Ready to go again

Matthew & Norman coaling up half way through the day

Trainee Matthew Watchman building up his fire at Percy Main ready for the run up to Middle Engine Lane

Think he's ready to depart!

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Tearoom's First Opening

Today is the first day that the Waggonway Tearoom has been open, unofficially just to 'test the waters' for the official opening weekend

Richard enjoying some bait after a morning of hard graft

Coal Stage Construction Progress

Michael and Richard have made some more progress with the new coal stage, which is still in early days of development

The first sleepers were placed and positioned correctly, as a test, to give Michael & Richard their bearings and measurements

Richard seeing if the hole is deep enough

They also made the decision to use old bits of rail instead of boiler tubes as they're a lot stronger and should last a longer

Richard posing with the installed rail

Just some of the concrete that has been dug up

After a bit of a tidy up the concrete flooring can easily be seen, Richard has tactfully placed rocks to show where holes need to be drilled for old rail to be inserted

Mud, rock and other rubbish that has been dug up

The second rail successfully installed

Friday, 13 October 2017

Baked Goods

Jean showing off some freshly baked goods that will be sold in the Tearoom 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Throwback Thursday #27

D2078 in her old BR Blue livery stabled in Percy Main bay platform with the Tool Van, NER Parcel Van and Brake Van, 1993

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

More Till Training...

Another group of new volunteers for the Waggonway Tearoom was inducted tonight and trained up on the till system and equipment

Monday, 9 October 2017

Waggonway Tearoom Update

Jean and Rob are still hard at work this week adding the finishing touches to the refurbishment of the kitchen/museum entrance to transform it into a railway-themed Tea Room. Small jobs this week have included putting curtain rails and new curtains up as well as starting to add framed photos around the room

When the museum is open, the window barriers will be open and hidden behind the curtains

Some of the framed photos on the wall

Below are photos of a volunteer induction session led by Jean and Rob this evening going through till training, customer service, equipment handling, fire safety and more

Till training

Rob demonstrating the new till to volunteers

Fire safety training

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Coal Stage Construction - Early Days....

Alongside train services today a team of volunteers have begun the construction of the coal stage, this is being built to prevent coal contamination and to ease loading, we will be using sleepers and old boiler tubes from Ashington No.5

First task was to clean up the concrete pad where a lot of coal was sat. Some old fencing and a letter holder from storage were dragged out to sieve through the coal to extract the good lumps from the mountain of coal dust, the old pad is the former substation from the Metro Test Track which makes a good foundation.

Michael, Joe and Paul set to work digging the trench to explore the ground

Michael D and Michael W begin drilling the first hole for the old tubes to be mounted in, and then sleepers can be applied

A5 in Service Today

Kitson & Co Long Boiler A.No.5 was in operation today hauling passenger trains, seen here being cleaned by Paul during morning prep work

Driver Tom fills up the locos bunker with coal

Ready to depart Percy Main with the second train of the day

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Dumper Truck Update

Michael and Richard have been working on their dumper truck this evening, involving the installation of the trucks engine and chain drive

Engine in

Chain drive fitted

Ready for Transport

No.401's boiler fittings ready for transporting down south to the North Norfolk Railway for the boilers steam test

Friday, 6 October 2017

Busy in the Woodshop

Peter sanding one of the benches from Middle Engine Lane platform in preparation for painting

Thursday, 5 October 2017

No.401 Cosmetic Work

Following on from the recent post about 401, Norman has now applied the first black undercoat to the locomotives frames