Thursday, 31 October 2019

Peckett paintwork

Ashington No.5s reverser temporarily reassembled after polishing

Another view of the reverser

Whilst it was reassembled the bottom quarter was marked off and painted, whilst the top half is staying polished

Norman's progress painting the inside frames

Chimney painting

Michael painting 03079s chimney

Coaling up

401 being coaled up this morning before entering service

Line inspection

View from 08915s cab heading down the line on this mornings line inspection

David driving

Sunday, 27 October 2019

401 in service

Photos of 401 in passenger service today, seen here starting the climb up the bank

Fireman Rob on the ground and trainee Daryl up top, watering 401

At Percy Main with the next train, running round

Driver Michael climbing back onto the footplate after changing the points

Coupling up and getting ready for departure

Coming off Percy Main curve onto the straight

On the final approach into Middle Engine Lane

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Wizards Express

Let it Snow Productions, who put on the Fairytale Express back in July, were back at the Stephenson Railway Museum today for their Wizards Express. Here, 401 enters the platform after 'hiding' in the headshunt. Part of the event's activity involved the children casting a spell to make the train appear

At Percy Main broom flying lessons get underway

401s Driver acknowledges the Guards right away signal and sets off with the last train Wizard Express of the day

Coaching stock prep

Today's Guard, Kevin, going about prepping the coaching stock. In this photo, Kevin is turning off the battery isolators for the carriage lighting

Morning line inspection

08915 on this morning's line inspection, departing Percy Main

On the curve

Early morning steam up

401 dragged out the shed with the fire not long lit early this morning

Shunted onto the coal road

Nearly ready for its days work

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Tube sweeping

Carl brushing 401s boiler tubes this afternoon

Bronze bush machining

Our volunteer machinist, George, is making good progress with machining Ashington No.5s new side rod bronze bushes. This photo shows 5 of the 6 bushes roughed out, 6th one pictured below in the lathe

George continuing working on the bushes this afternoon

Wall painting

Davy and Peter painting the wall that separates the running shed and the museum

Monday, 21 October 2019

Tyre turning

One of Ashington No.5's axles on the wheel lathe at Coalville undergoing tyre turning

Sunday, 20 October 2019

401 in service

Another rainy Sunday with 401 running trains, seen here on the coaching stock after taking over from the 08

Running round at Percy Main, waiting for the fireman to change the points

In Percy Main south head shunt

Coming over Rising Sun bridge passing Silverlink retail park

Trainee fireman Katie building up her fire at Percy Main

Back at Middle Engine Lane with the last train

Coaching stock shunted into the north head shunt

Taking water before disposal

08915 in service

08915 at Middle Engine Lane ready to depart with the first train of the day