Friday, 13 July 2018

401 Boiler Lift

Shunting the shed the get 401s rolling chassis out

George, Stuart and Alan start preparing the ashpan for fitting

Frames ready to receive the boiler

Crane getting in position

Straps going on

Lift off!

Ashpan on

Boiler being lowered into the frames

Job done, next tasks involve lagging & cladding the boiler before the tank can be fitted along with the cab

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Work at Percy Main

Photos below of the fantastic tidy up carried out by volunteers down at Percy Main today

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Trains Tomorrow

D2078 will be in service again tomorrow! Trains depart Middle Engine Lane at 11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00

Friday, 6 July 2018

A.No.5 News

Sadly due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to withdraw our Kitson locomotive, A.No.5, from service earlier than we expected. Age has finally caught up and the old girl can now have some well-deserved rest. 

We are currently in the process of giving A.No.5 a thorough clean so that she is ready to be put on display in the museum soon. 

We're currently unsure as to what will be happening with A5 apart from it is definitely going in the museum for now. After 401s overhaul is complete we can assess A5 further.

Photo from 2014 (C) S.Thornton

Wednesday, 4 July 2018


The third and final act who's going to be performing on Saturday 1st September evening is...COHESION

Hailing from North East England, COHESION are a five-piece indie rock band dubbed as "one of the finest bands to come out of Wearside in recent years" (NARC, 2015). Audiences can expect a vibrant hybrid of Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure and Maximo Park.

Be sure to check out their Social Media!
Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bandcamp

Tickets required 6pm onwards Saturday 1st September, get your tickets here!

ABR Event Page

Click here to join the Ale by Rail event page on Facebook and check out the page's discussion for all the details of what you can enjoy over the weekend of 1st & 2nd September!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Trains this Sunday plus more

As well as D2078 running trains this Sunday, curator Bob Gwynne from the NRM will be joining us to give a talk on the most famous locomotive in the world...Flying Scotsman! Talks at 12pm and 2pm, tickets on the door are £6.50 or get them in advance here.
Trains depart Middle Engine Lane at 11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

ABR - SomebodysCat

This funky four-piece Americana band will be the second set on stage on Saturday night Ale by Rail! Check out their Facebook page here
Have you got your tickets yet? Get them here

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

New bench

Newly acquired and restored bench off to be placed down the path to the platform

Friday, 22 June 2018

This Sunday

A.No.5 will be out in action again this Sunday! Trains out of Middle Engine Lane at 11:30, 12:30, 14:00 and 15:00

ABR - The Lou Ross Band!

The five-piece classic rock, pop soul & funk band will be the first band to take to the stage on the evening of Saturday 1st September for Ale by Rail! Check out their page here
Tickets for Ale by Rail available here

Monday, 18 June 2018

Diesel's in Action Yesterday

D2078 & 08915 making their way down to Percy Main with the first train of the day

08915 & D2078 TNT on the first freight train at Percy Main

The first passenger train of the day at Percy Main
Next freight train at Percy Main, with D2078 leading at the North end

Our new Well Waggon was added to the train for its first trip down the line

08915 on the South end

Arriving back at Middle Engine Lane

Guard Thomas patiently waiting for 08915 to re-join the passenger stock

08915 moving up the carriages

D2078 propelling the freight train back into the yard

Driver Michael keeping an eye out

08915 pulling the passenger stock out of the loop to then propel it back into the platform, ready for a busy 2:10pm departure!

Sunday, 17 June 2018

ABR - Sunday Timetable

Similar (just not as busy) to Saturday's timetable, this one is also designed to work in connection with Tyne & Wear Metro services arriving at Percy Main, find their timetable here.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

ABR - Saturday Timetable

Timetable for the first day of Ale by Rail in September...this timetable is designed to work in connection with the Tyne & Wear Metro services arriving at Percy Main, their timetable can be found here.

Our own Percy Main station is located on Brunton St, and is about a five minute walk from the Metro station. Alternatively, the No.19 (Cobalt South) bus goes from Percy Main to Middle Engine Lane

Get your tickets for Ale by Rail evening event here!

Friday, 15 June 2018

A5s Weekend Off

With the diesel's taking over this weekend, A.No.5 has had a good clean and been stabled in the museum for the time being

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Work on 401s Boiler

George has been busy this afternoon preparing 401s boiler for hydraulic testing following some remedial work to the blowdown valve flange

Diesel Day Timetable

The second Diesel Day of the year is this Sunday! Come along to see both 08915 and D2078 in action hauling passenger and freight trains

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

08915 Servicing

Tom underneath 08915 lubricating the gears with motak grease

401 Brake Fitting

Front half of the brake rigging fully fitted

Both connecting rods are now fitted, shown here on the LHS with the union link now also re-connected to the crosshead

Brake hangars going on

Back underneath, Michael aligning brake rigging

Hammer required...

Brake blocks going on

Job done, the rolling chassis is now patiently waiting to receive the boiler