Saturday, 27 February 2016

Saturday Jobs

Robin's ERF lorry in the machine shop for renovation 
Steve and Richard installing Ashington No.5's fire bars
Freight/P-Way train assembled in the yard

08915 running into the loop at Percy Main with the Salmon and Dogfish wagons

The brake van being gravitated through Percy Main platform
The P-Way train re-assembled at Percy Main
The train stopped alongside the Nitelites warehouse
Collecting pallets from our lineside neighbours Nitelites

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Work on the Tool Van begins

Tom and Michael began the cosmetic overhaul of our tool van today by starting the sanding down of one end of the wagon. Both ends will be sanded down to a nice smooth finish before moving on to the wooden section and needle gunning of the framework. Updates to follow soon. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Big Hornby Set Running Today

With our Brake Van's roof repaired, it will be added onto the SLO & CL coaching stock to resemble a big hornby set for our trains today! With Class 08 No.08915 hauling trains throughout the day, departing Middle Engine Lane at 1130, 1230, 1330 and 1430. 

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Saturday Morning Shunt

Driver Michael at the helm of 08915
Shunter Steve
First part of the shunt was to move the Dogfish & Salmon wagons from the loading spur onto the crossover
08915 coupled up to 401's rolling chassis and the NER Parcel van
View from 08915's cab
The repaired brake van being pulled out of the C&W workshop, through the museum
The brake van being propelled on the loading spur
Uncoupled from the brake van and being moved onto the tool van
One van repaired and the next ready to go in!

The tool van stabled in the C&W Workshop, ready for cosmetic overhaul and minor mechanical repairs
The repaired brake van stabled on the loading spur and 08915 ticking over outside the museum

Friday, 19 February 2016

This weekend at NTSR - Ten Hour Hackathon

This weekend at the North Tyneside Steam Railway, Cl.08 No.08915 will be operating trains on Sunday (21st Feb). Along with 'Railway Codes - A Ten Hour Hackathon' in the Stephenson Railway Museum.

Locomotive pioneers George and Robert Stephenson spent 20 years in North Tyneside testing novel concepts and engineering methods, work which indisputably changed the face of industry, transport and logistics. In this making event, we invite you to invoke the spirit of Stephenson by reinterpreting and inventing using the rail and transport resources at Stephenson Railway Museum.

Participants will take part in a 10-hour intensive event, exploring data and the rich array of artefacts at the museum, creating responses and interpretations using rail data and the Stephenson collection, from station information, to field recordings and artefact imagery.

You will meet fellow enthusiasts, seasoned experts, creatives and data scientists and come together to collaborate. You can ask questions about data patterns, create interactive artworks, or find creative ways to tell the story of the railway – this is a chance to experiment!

The final creations will be hosted and promoted by Stephenson Railway Museum and FutureEverything.

9am - 7pm

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Wednesday Jobs

George and John fitting the safety valves and whistle to Ashington No.5
Stefan wiping down A.No.5
Continued progress on the P-Way trolley being carried out by Bob, Davy and Dale

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Saturday Jobs

Richard cutting out a gasket for Ashington No.5's manifold
George cutting out more material
Steve cutting a gasket down to the correct size
A view of the workshop from the top of Ashington No.5 
Ashington No.5's manifold having been positioned along with all new gaskets, ready to have all pipes connected

A 'Before & After' shot of the gauges after they received some attention from polish and elbow grease! 
George fitting the vacuum gauge
After Ashington No.5 had been boxed up, work began on making new gaskets for A.No.5's manifold
A.No.5's manifold, situated and secured, ready to be piped up

Friday, 12 February 2016

Final Goodbyes

Sadly last month the NTSRA had to say their final goodbyes to two very esteemed and long serving members of the railway, Malcolm & Roly. Both will be greatly missed at the railway. 

Malcolm Dunlavey 1951 - 2016
Association's Committee Chairman, Guard, Operations Controller & Diesel Driver 

Roland Kay 1941 - 2016
Committee Member, Steam/Diesel Driver & Traction Inspector

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Peckett TLC

Michael annealing the washers
George refitting the steam injector valve back to the manifold after having the washers annealed
Stripping down A5s gauge glass valve to replace the packing
Reassembling the gauge glass valve
Job done!

Throwback Thursday #7

Ashington No.5 showing a spectacular departure from the old Percy Main terminus, including D2078 in her old livery situated in the bay platform. 

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wednesday Jobs

Robin cleaning and inspecting A5's brasses
Joe, our boiler inspector, conducting ACC5's annual examination 
Bob putting a new deck on a P-Way trolley 
Norman scraping the wheels on 08915 

Tom steam cleaning the shed floor