Friday, 17 November 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Work is now 90% finished on both the firebox tubeplate and smokebox tubeplate with both ends of each tube has been expanded using a pneumatic tool and expander. The firebox end also has the ends beaded over for extra protection, work is now progressing to get the engine ready for initial hydraulic tests

Firebox end

Smokebox end

Coal Stage Progress

Sleeper wall progress around the concrete pad
Michael using the large pillar drill to drill brackets to be used on the wall

Beginning to take shape

Thursday, 16 November 2017

No.401 Update

 Below are photos of long-serving volunteer Keith McNally carefully lining out 401s wheelsets. The boiler, which is still currently at the North Norfolk Railway, has now passed both it's hydraulic and steam tests and should be returning to the NTSR in early 2018

Keith lining out the centre wheelset

Finished product

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Work on ACC5

In between aiding the contractors to install boiler tubes, preparations are being made for the locomotive's boiler to undergo its hydraulic test, here Michael can be seen guiding the dome cover into place prior to fitting. More news to follow shortly

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Axlebox Diagram for 401

A diagram of 401s rear axlebox which has been dug out as the axlebox liners and horn guides need to be checked for signs of wear and to also ensure they are within the correct tolerance

Monday, 13 November 2017

New Carriage Battery Charger

With our Santa Specials fast approaching, new carriage battery charging gear has been installed in the workshop so the carriage lighting can be used during the late afternoon trains operating in December

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Coal Stage Progress

John drilling a hole through one of the sleepers in order to fit brackets which will hold the sleepers to the rail

Concrete process complete!

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Ashington No.5 Update

Ashington No.5 has started to receive new boilers tubes today in readiness for Santa Specials

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Steam Heating Installation

George and other George have started the designs for the installation of steam heating to A.No.5 this afternoon, this involves borrowing a steam heating pipe and fittings from RSH No.1, gauge and cab controls

Cut out of the where the steam heating apparatus will be temporarily installed, A.No.5 is booked to run the first weekend of Santa Specials whilst Ashington No.5 is still receiving attention in the workshop

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Coal Delivery

A fresh batch of coal has been delivered this morning in readiness for the Santa Specials

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Coal Stage Progress

All pieces of rail are now cemented in place, the next stage is to start getting the sleepers installed

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Applying Cement

The first hole to receive cement to hold the sunken piece of rail in place, sleepers can then be placed between the sections of rail

Friday, 3 November 2017

Axlebox Inspection

One of the axles after removal of the axlebox

The dismantled axlebox in the workshop ready for inspection and cleaning

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Goodbye to an Old Friend

Today we sadly said goodbye to one of the associations longest-serving members, Ken Hedly. Ken started his railway career with the LNER back in November 1945 and progressed through the ranks with BR to become a Traction Inspector before retiring in 1990. Ken spent a lot of his retirement volunteering as a Driver/Inspector at NTSR as well as a driver at the NYMR. He passed a lot of his knowledge, and inspiration, to our younger members which we will always be grateful for.

Henry Kenneth Hedley 1928 - 2017
Committee Member, Steam/Diesel Driver & Traction Inspector