Saturday, 4 August 2018

No.401 Update

More work has been carried out on 401 today following on from Wednesday's work to the firegrate

Before fully completing the installation of the firegrate we are awaiting contractors coming in next week to weld the support studs inside the firebox

Regulator handle also fitted today

401s smokebox door has also been sent away to Tanfield Spinners for repair work. Next small jobs include fitting all mud-hole doors and washout plugs, crack testing will be carried out following the welding work in the firebox and after this, we can begin lagging the boiler

Friday, 3 August 2018

Ashington No.5 Update

Ashington No.5 is still currently in the workshops waiting for its newly repaired safety valves to be fitted. The valves returned earlier this week and are currently awaiting bench testing and setting. After they are set the safety valves can be re-fitted to the locomotive and it can undergo a steam test, which is now booked for the 21st August. More news to follow soon


Safety valves ready for bench testing and setting

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

401 Firegrate Work

Reassembling the rocking grate frame on the floor prior to fitting

After assembly one of the rocking bars was tight in the hole of the frame, Alan set to work grinding it out slightly to allow freer movement

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

ABR - Catering

As well as our very own Waggonway Tearoom serving food over Ale by Rail we will be joined by Meat Stack! They will be joining us the whole weekend and be serving freshly made real American Cheeseburgers and more!


Get your tickets for Ale by Rail evening event HERE!

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Throwback Thursday #34

The line-up, No.401, No.1 and A.No.5 being shunted in the yard by No.D2078. Circa early 1990s

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Ken's Bench

Ken Hedley's memorial bench, now with a brass plaque, out on display after hard working volunteers restored it to an LNER theme

Sunday, 22 July 2018

D2078 in service today

Waiting to depart Middle Engine Lane

Running into the North headshunt to run-round the coaching stock