Thursday, 29 December 2016

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Merry Christmas from the NTSRA!

From all at the North Tyneside Steam Railway Association, we wish every a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We're all very excited to see what 2017 will bring for the railway, watch this space

Friday, 23 December 2016

Last Day of 2016 Santa Specials!

Loco Crew, Driver Tom Naisbitt (L) and Fireman Stephen Thornton (R)
Unfortunately, A5 decided she didn't want to play ball today and was sadly failed after the 2nd train. 08915 ran the rest of the trains solo

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Santa Specials Today

Drivers eye view from 08915 at Percy Main during the morning line inspection

The JCB was busy down the field clearing vegetation 

A.No.5 waiting patiently for the green flag from the guard at Percy Main

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Today at NTSR

Driver Michael Darling (L) and Fireman Martin Crapper (R) on A.No.5

Ashington No.5 stabled on the South headshunt 

Trainee Fireman Joseph Stuart watching the festivities at Middle Engine Lane from the footplate of Ashington No.5

Santa Claus at Middle Engine Lane! 

A.No.5 shunting the coaching stock away after the last train of the day

A bit of an 'End of season celebration' took place in the 1904 NER Parcel Van between members of the association and Tyne & Wear Archives, Museums staff. This was done to raise money for TWAM member of staff Janet, who is travelling to Bangladesh to do charity work. 

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Brisk Winter Morning

A.No.5 moves off shed to collect her train in the early hours of this morning

ACC.No.5 steaming up

Friday, 16 December 2016

Friday Warm Up

A.No.5 was lit up around 7.30am

ACC.No.5 was later brought out the shed and lit up as well after having a water change

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

08915 Sanders Repair

One of our drivers reported at the weekend that the sanders were defective on 08915, today fitters removed the sand pipes to check for blockage.

Unfortunately to no avail, a temporary fix has been implemented until the new year when the entire sanding gear can be removed for overhaul

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Today's Crews

Father & Son, Station Staff, Nigel Stuart (L) and Trainee Second Man, Joseph Stuart (R)

Fireman Robin Johnson (L) and Driver Michael Wortley (R)

Nigel getting the train ready to depart for Percy Main

Trainee Fireman Martin Stewart

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Throwback Thursday #14

Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns 0-6-0T E.L.R No.1, originally Meaford No.1 or No.7683, shunting at Middle Engine Lane in March 1998. This locomotive is currently on static display in the museum and has been patiently waiting in the overhaul queue for some time. It is planned that once No.401 is done, work can commence on No.1

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Wednesday Jobs

Fitters have been busy on A.No.5 putting new turns of packing into the regulator gland after it was reported to be leaking quite excessively at the weekend

Monday, 5 December 2016

International Volunteer Day

Did you know that the North Tyneside Steam Railway is operated entirely by volunteers? 

We are always on the lookout for new people to help us keep the trains running with jobs ranging from collecting tickets to driving locomotives and more.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers who keep the NTSR running! 

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Santa Specials at Night

Driver Norman patiently waiting at Percy Main on A.No.5

Departing Percy Main

Middle Engine Lane platform lit up quite nicely with the passengers leaving the station after the last train of the day

Ready to shunt the stock away

Saturday, 3 December 2016

First Day of Santa Specials 2016

Loco crews (L to R) Robin Johnson, Adam Saunders, Thomas Ashcroft and Anthony Ramsay

Drivers Keith McNally (L) and Norman Swindle (R)

Friday, 2 December 2016

Locomotive Prep

A.No.5, ACC.No.5 and 08915 outside the running shed

Warming fires lit 

A.No.5 nicely decorated and ready to go for the festive period