|A NER H Class at rest at Percy Main sheds. With two survivors of this design (one H Class, one LNER Y7) in preservation - a visitor of the future perhaps?|
Friday, 30 April 2021
Percy Main H Class
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
The oldest photograph we've found so far showing our railway.
This early view shows Percy Main Workshops, with Blyth & Tyne number 6. An 0-6-0 long boiler locomotive, by Robert Stephenson & Co, works number 1271 of January 1860.
She cost the Blyth & Tyne £2175 when new.
After being overhauled in 1884 and 1895. She was withdrawn in December 1897.
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Bearing work on Ashington No.5
|Chris 'bluing in' one of Ashington No.5's axlebox bearings to determine how much to file off|
|Filing back the bottom of the bearing, quite a long process but by the end a suitable fit is obtained|
|No.6555 was shunted outside on Sunday after John and Tom have completed the initial stages of the repaint|
Monday, 26 April 2021
Building the railway
A throwback today looking at the building of the railway.
The pictures show the conversion of the Metro test track maintenance sheds into a museum, the remodeling of track in the yard at Middle Engine Lane, and the laying of the line down to the original Percy Main Station (just North of the Metro bridge).
Sunday, 25 April 2021
BLS day 2 - train failure, protection and rescue training
|The Branch Line Society were back for day two today. In this photo, No.08915 has ran-round and is ready to depart Percy Main, and will simulate a train failure at a random point on the way back to Middle Engine Lane|
|The train 'failed' shortly after departing Percy Main. The first part of the training was for the guard to detrain his passengers and get them to a position of safety|
|Instructor Ian (far right) of Green Dragon Rail briefs the Branch Line Society group as well as NTSR train crew|
|The group is lead back to the railways nearest access point|
|Rescue locomotive No.03078 coupled up to No.08915|
Saturday, 24 April 2021
Branch Line Society day 1
|No.08915 has been out in action today to welcome the Branch Line Society for their training session|
|Whilst out with the train an emergency stop was simulated at a random point during the journey. This allowed the BLS group to detrain and discuss the action points for an emergency stop|
No.08915 entering Percy Main
|In Percy Main head shunt|
|Back at Middle Engine Lane|
Friday, 23 April 2021
|Volunteers Adam, Thomas, and Matthew have been out with the PWAY trolley to carry out fishplate greasing|
|Matthew tightening up a fishplate bolt following greasing|
New platform fencing
Some photos of John's excellent progress on constructing the new platform fencing at Middle Engine Lane
Former NTSR resident
Former NTSR resident; the LNER pigeon van has been installed in its new home at Goathland Station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
In today's photos, you can see the coach looking brilliant in its new pseudo-NER livery ( to fit into the NER Station surroundings) and ready for its new role as an educational vehicle and accessible toilet.
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
An interesting photo today. This shows Backworth 16 after its meeting with J27 65812 in the snowy winter of 1963.
The Percy Main based J27 was heading over Earsdon crossing under clear signals when number 16 descending the bank with a train of full hoppers was unable to stop at the signal due to the snowy conditions. And collided with the BR train.
We will let you judge who came off best!
Photo: Keith Nye
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Full Steam Ahead - 23rd May
We're getting ready to steam up!
We're delighted to tell you that we'll be re-opening on Sunday, 23 May (subject to government guidance changes) for heritage train rides and visits to the museum.
When visiting it's best to book your tickets in advance, more details can be found on the Stephenson Steam Railway Facebook page, when bookings open.
We’re looking forward to welcoming you back!
Monday, 19 April 2021
North Tyneside Loop
A collection of photos taken by John Barton from Holystone. Showing a number of North East Rail scenes. Including the famous Tyneside electrics and the almost as famous 'Council chamber'.
Permission kindly granted by Daniel Barton.
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