Monthly Archives: January 2010

Steam Crane progress and hidden treasures

When I left Shildon last night, Richard and the team had managed to get the crankshaft and hoist drum back on the body of the crane – excellent progress and good to see it going back together. Pipework has been … Continue reading

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Lunch wanderings at York

In between meetings at York today I took a walk around the museum and took a couple of pics I thought I’d share. Here are two East Coast thoroughbreds, side by side after recent shunting operations and making a super … Continue reading

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Over the hills to Appleby

Back in October, I went to Tyseley to see progress on the South African Sharp Stewart loco which David Shepherd brought back from the Zambezi Sawmills Railway in 1975. It returned with a sleeping/day coach built by the Midland Railway … Continue reading

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Woolmer comes home

Last Friday we loaded “Woolmer” on to a low-loader for her return to Hampshire and display in the railway goods yard at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. After an overnight stay in the Midlands, the engine arrived at the museum on … Continue reading

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Mid Hants meanderings

This last weekend saw me return to Hampshire, firstly to drop off a driving wheel spring at Ropley for “Lord Nelson” – seen below, and also to oversee the installation of Avonside saddle tank “Woolmer” into Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. … Continue reading

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The Freeze continues, but work carries on.

I can’t believe that it’s now a month since the first snowfall, but inside the Shildon workshop, Richard Pearson and the apprentices and volunteers push on with the steam crane restoration. This week they have removed the cover of the … Continue reading

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Steam Crane discoveries and the Sneltic

Richard and the workshop team at Shildon continue to make good progress on the steam crane restoration despite the weather and a multitude of tasks which they tackle with vigour! The crane body has been turned through 90 degrees to … Continue reading

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Tornado in the Works

Having been daft and made it down to York yesterday for a meeting, I had just time for a quick trip afterwards to see the workshop team before fighting the snow on the A1 back north. I found another A1 … Continue reading

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A Freezing New Year

2010 is upon us and I’d like to wish all a Happy New Year, though after 3 weeks of snow and ice now it’s not been particularly joyous for many. On Boxing Day we went for a steam fix and … Continue reading

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