Saturday, 24 August 2019

Hole digging, start of a new project

The before shot of the ballasted area outside the museums flat road. This years Santa Specials will be changing so that the roller shutter door in this photo is the main exit from the museum for visitors, this means that this area is to be dug up and cemented level with the museum floor/concrete apron so that is more comfortable for people to walk on

Volunteers Richard and Steve began the project this afternoon, seen here using the tractor to begin digging

Large piece of old concrete being dug up

After a lot of man handling and use of the crowbar we managed to get it into the bucket of the tractor

Loading the dumper up

Afternoons work, more progress to follow soon

Friday, 23 August 2019

Match wagon progress

Some progress from today on the flat wagons transformation into a match wagon, here Norman is marking out the wasp stripes

Carl applying the first coat of yellow

Lettering being applied on the side

Joe smears a thin layer of grease over the lettering to give it a weathered look




More progress to follow soon

Thursday, 22 August 2019

401 in service

Photos of 401 in service on the penultimate Thursday running of the summer holidays, seen here heading onto the crossover to join the coaching stock

In the platform getting ready to take the first train out

At Percy Main

Ran round


Being shunted back into the running shed after disposal

Steaming up and line inspection

401 outside with the fire lit


03078 heading off on the line inspection

Down at Percy Main

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Visiting Locomotive Announcement

We are very pleased to announce that ex-British Railways No.03079 will be visiting us for our upcoming diesel gala. 03079 worked at Gateshead TMD alongside our own 03078 between 1976 and 1988 and completes a line-up of three ex-Gateshead locomotives.

This will be the first time 03079 has left the Derwent Valley Light Railway in 21 years! It comes courtesy of Trevor Humbey and the Derwent Valley Light Railway Society.

You can see 03078 and 03079 working together for the first time since 1988 on September 28th & 29th. Find out more about the event over on our Facebook events page.


Our Locomotive Foreman begins his inspection of the loco alongside owner, Trevor

Carl taking notes


Michael having a drive

Carl driving



Michael having a look underneath

03079 will be coming to us the Thursday before the gala and running both Saturday and Sunday

Underkeep inspection

Steve has had the axlebox covers off on our MK1 Brake coach this afternoon to inspect the journals and underkeep pads and top them up with oil

The pad sits underneath the journal with wicks bathing in a well of oil to constantly feed the journal

The pads aren't in the greatest condition so we will be looking at replacing them in the near future

Monday, 19 August 2019

Flat wagon painting

The four wheeled flat wagon has received its first coat of primer on the inside frames as part of its transformation into a match wagon for our upcoming Diesel Gala in September


More progress to follow soon

Sunday, 18 August 2019

401 in service

After the 03 had returned from the morning line inspection, 401 heads down Middle Engine Lane run-round loop to join the South end of the coaching stock which had already been stabled in the platform by the 03


Coupled up and loading ready for the first departure at 1130

Passengers watching 401 run round at Percy Main

Waiting for the fireman to change the points

Departing with the first train out of Percy Main



Arriving back at Percy Main with the next train


Running round

Backing onto the carriages

Katie coupling up


Trundling up the bank

Back at Middle Engine Lane with the last arrival