Friday, 13 April 2018

DIESEL DAY - Sunday 22nd April

08915 and D2078 will both be in action next week hauling passenger and freight trains! The Stephenson Railway Museum will be open from 11am and the site will be open all morning so you can get a good view of D2078 & CIC10 shunting in the yard as well as 08915 arriving back into Middle Engine Lane with the freight train at 11:10am!





Passenger services depart Middle Engine Lane at 11:40am, 12:30pm, 2:10pm and 3:00pm

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Coaling Up

Coaling up Ashington No.5 at the end of the day ready for Sundays trains

New Fireman

Congratulations to John Allen who passed his practical firing exam this afternoon! Pictured here with Traction Inspector Michael

Ashington No.5 in service today

John lighting the fire


Driver Tom oiling up

Steaming up

Later on in the day...

Rounding Percy Main curve

Onto the straight

Approaching the Coast Road bridge

Early morning litter pick

D2078 with the Salmon wagon stopped on Percy Main curve to pick up litter under the Wallsend Road Bridge

Driver Michael at the controls of the 03

Just some of the litter picked up from Percy Main

Monday, 9 April 2018

Diesel Day!

The first Diesel Day of 2018 is fast approaching!

More details to follow soon, timetable below


Sunday, 8 April 2018

More Landscaping!

 More landscaping and clearing up was carried out after hours today with the use of the dumper truck and John Deere tractor





Ready to Go

Ashington No.5 cleaned and ready to go this morning

Friday, 6 April 2018

Landscaping

Photos below showing the landscaping and general tidy up carried out today in the backfield, mainly around the South headshunt




Using the tractor to drag out an old signal post that is planned to be restored and used

Thursday, 5 April 2018

After Hours Shunting

Driver Tom shunting with Ashington No.5, seen here pulling D2078, Brake Van and A.No.5 out of the shed and up the yard

Propelling A.No.5 onto the coal road, D2078 & the Brake Van were then stabled back on the shed road, A.No.5 picked up and put on the back of D2078 then all propelled back into the shed. This shunt was carried out so A.No.5 is ready to be dragged straight out for its imminent steam test and so the Brake Van was at the back of the shed for on-going repair work

08915 Painting

Norman painting the inside of the engine compartment on 08915

Fence Repairs

Whilst trains were running today, Michael D & Michael W carried out some fence repairs around the site




Ashington No.5 in service today

Driver Tom oiling up Ashington No.5

Steaming up

Footplate

Ready to depart with the first train of the day

Lunchtime for the crew!

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Monday, 2 April 2018

Bank Holiday Running

Ashington No.5 after just coming to a stop at Percy Main 
Fireman Michael D uncoupling the loco from the train



Running round

Driver Michael W backing ACC5 onto the North end of the train

Ready to depart Percy Main

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Afternoon Disposal

Joe underneath ashing out...


...whilst Norman cleans out the smokebox

The Easter Eggspress!

Steaming up this morning

Cleaner Joe giving the tank a clean

Simmering away in Middle Engine Lane platform waiting for passengers


Easter Bunny on her way to give the crew a visit!

At Percy Main, running round

It's certainly been a very busy day! 

Trainee Fireman Joseph Stuart (L) and Driver Norman Swindle getting ready to depart Percy Main