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!