Sunday, 22 September 2019

Wheelsets on the move

Ashington No.5s wheelsets have been moved from the main workshop into the woodshop this evening. This is to allow a hiab to be able to access them through the shutter door on Tuesday when they will be picked up and sent away for tyre turning

ECS/Crew Assessments

03078 was used on an after hours ECS (empty coaching stock) train this afternoon for crew assessments purposes, seen here descending the bank

Beginning the run round at Percy Main

Ran round and on the North end

Carl Fairless (R) pictured with Traction Inspector Michael after passing as an 03 Driver

Bracket making

Richard making some new brackets to fit to the back of headboards so they can be fitted to the lamp brackets on locos

Curving the edges

Only the holes left to drill

401 in service

 Steaming up

Trainee fireman Daryl firing

Norman driving

Back at Middle Engine Lane with the last train of the day

Running round the coaching stock

On the Buses

One of the heritage buses of the Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society, in the car park, that was doing shuttle runs to Dial Cottage and return

Friday, 20 September 2019

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Throwback Thursday #38

April 1994, Ashington No.5 pulls away from Middle Engine Lane platform to run-round the train

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

03 air pipes

Michael and Carl have been busy fabricating some new makeshift air pipes for 03078, Michael here is trial fitting one of them

After successful trial fitting, the pipes came off to receive a new coat of paint

Sunday, 15 September 2019

401 in service, Heritage Open Day

Steaming up

Today was Heritage Open Day, with free train rides on we have welcomed over 900 passengers and put on 2 extra trains

Loading passengers

Cleaner Katie (L), Driver Michael and Fireman Rob (R)

Departing Middle Engine Lane

At Percy Main

On the approach to Middle Engine Lane

Taking water


08915 and 03078 shunting. here 08915 has brought the salmon and lowmac wagons up the yard, 03078 picks them up at the other end and takes them back down to release 08915

With 08915 clear, 03078 shunts the wagons back into the South headshunt

08915 about to shunt the coaching stock away at the end of the shift

Journal inspections

Carl and Joe have carried out more axlebox/journal inspections on various wagons in readiness for their use at the Diesel Gala

Underkeep pad removal on one of the lowmac's axleboxes

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Tank wagon gauging run

The tank wagon that arrived at the railway a couple weeks ago was taken down to Percy Main on a gauging run this afternoon, with 03078

Friday, 13 September 2019

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Axlebox inspection

Carl (L) and Steve (R) removing the axlebox covers off the SLO carriage this afternoon to inspect the condition of the journals and underkeep pads and give them a fresh dose of oil

New batteries

New batteries have arrived for our MK1 coaching stock, which will be installed soon

New lathe set up

Our new Smart & Brown lathe that was recently donated to us has now been set up at the top end of the workshop

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Diesel Gala

Not long to go till our Diesel Gala at the end of the month! Find out more over on our Facebook Event Page.

Poster courtesy of Dave Watchman

Sunday, 8 September 2019

401 Prep

401 steaming up and being prepped on shed this morning, ahead of its days work

Saturday, 7 September 2019

More crew assessments

Assessor Mark going through the control cubicle on 08915 with Michael and Steve

As well as other cubicle equipment

At Percy Main with an ECS train

Back at Middle Engine Lane

Carrying out some shunting in the yard

Another ECS with 03078