|The Tyne & Wear metro used the site at Middle Engine Lane as a test centre for the Tyne & Wear metro-cars. Here No.4002 is seen in the yard.|
Thursday, 24 December 2015
Tuesday, 22 December 2015
With this years Santa Specials over, that brings the 2015 season to an end. 2016 will see 401s boiler returning in early February and the lads in the workshop are eager to get to work putting the locomotive back together.
Behind the scenes photos of the workshop sessions are soon to follow, starting with both Ashington No.5 and A.No.5's annual examinations.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at the North Tyneside Steam Railway!
|The engines tucked away in the shed for the rest of the winter months|
|Ashington No.5 sitting at Percy Main on one of the last trains of 2015|
Monday, 21 December 2015
Some photos of the last weekend of 2015s Santa Specials. Only one more day to go!
|A.No.5 and Ashington No.5 being prepared for a days service|
|Ashington No.5 preparing to move off to warm the coaching stock as the sun rises over Middle Engine Lane|
|A.No.5 ready to lead the double-header out of Percy Main|
|Michael building up his fire ready for the last run up to Middle Engine Lane of the day|
|Ashington No.5 standing on the pit road about to be disposed|
Congratulations are in order for some of our esteemed volunteers who have worked hard to become qualified in their respective roles!
|Ashington No.5 was used for the practical examination, seen here standing at Percy Main headshunt|
|Michael Wortley - Passed Fireman|
|Richard Maughan - Passed Fireman|
|(Left to Right) Robin Johnson, Stephen Thornton, Richard Russell - Firemen|
Saturday, 19 December 2015
Thursday, 17 December 2015
|A.No.5 and visiting J27 No.2392 (65894) sit on the pit road outside of the shed, including the old water tower which has since been turned around to allow locomotives to be filled easier during running days operations.|
Monday, 14 December 2015
|Ashington No.5 & A.No.5 getting coaled up during a brisk winter morning|
|Ashington No.5 waits for A.No.5 to pull the coaches into the platform after completing the morning line inspection|
|A.No.5 sitting in the platform at Middle Engine Lane|
|Ashington No.5 waiting on the crossover|
|Taken from A.No.5's footplate whilst banking Ashington No.5 over the Rising Sun bridge passing Silverlink|
Saturday, 12 December 2015
Friday, 11 December 2015
Our engines are being prepared for another weekend of Santa Specials!
This weekend we will also be running an extra train in the dark utilising our new lighting systems in the carriages, platforms and pathways.
Thursday, 10 December 2015
Some last minute repairs were made to Ashington No.5s ashpan this week after the ashpan door was jammed during disposal last Sunday night. With the work complete, ACC5s ashpan door was re-fitted this afternoon, ready for another weekend of Santa Specials!
|ACC5s Ashpan door ready for fitting|
|Robin & Tom putting the door into place|
|Tom fitting the right hand side nuts & bolts|
Monday, 7 December 2015
Here's a little clip of A5 making some noise, taken from the footplate when banking ACC5 on the last train on Sunday 6th December. A5 replaced our diesel 08915 on the last two trains of the day due to a technical fault.
Our Santa Specials continue again next weekend!
Saturday, 5 December 2015
Thursday, 3 December 2015
Tuesday, 1 December 2015
|Steve & Tom ready to make a start on the front damper door|
|Steve slackening off the nuts holding the bracket on in readiness for further dismantling|
|Steve cleaning out A5s firebox|
|Cleaning down the rather grubby motion|