Monthly Archives: February 2010

Through Train 2

Today’s entertainment was Spitfire Railtours trip through Shildon and on to Stanhope. I went down to see it pass and ended up using Andy Mills’ Dutch shunter 663 as a photographic vantage point. Here the tour arrives at Shildon, with … Continue reading

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"The Best Day Ever" (quote)

On a foul day which saw snow, sleet and rain in equally heavy measure, NELPG test steamed their BR class J72 tank loco 69023 at Darlington today. At lunchtime a group of staff and volunteers from Shildon popped over to … Continue reading

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The ‘King’ of Railway Locomotives

Its been a fun-packed couple of weeks at NRM, what with the half term holidays and replica Rocket being here. The Museum has been packed with families and there have been activities in almost every corner of the place. Rocket … Continue reading

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Progress on all fronts

Late last week, Richard at Shildon began to assess the Stirling tender which is to be restored to go behind the Single. He’s been measuring tyres, using a thickness tester on the platework and scraping back the paintwork. Below you … Continue reading

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Through Train

Yesterday (Friday) back at Shildon saw the first through train from London Kings Cross to Shildon since 2004, and more historically, the first train beyond Shildon on to the Weardale Railway to Stanhope since the line was closed to cement … Continue reading

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Snow in the Forest

A complete change of weather on Thursday morning as I headed west on the M4. As I crossed the Severn Bridge, I couldn’t see the river for fog, and as I left Chepstow for the Forest of Dean, the snow … Continue reading

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Bright future at the Mid Hants

Having looked at Woolmer at Milestones, where it looks very much at home, Wednesday morning saw me land at Alresford station on the Mid Hants Railway, where a vintage bus service had been laid on to fetch us from a … Continue reading

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Green Badger country

Tuesday last saw me set off bright and early for Hampshire again, this time to visit Knights Rail Services at Eastleigh Works, check on Woolmer at Milestones and then on Wednesday represent work at the opening of the Mid Hants … Continue reading

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London to Paris in only 24 hours!

I’ve just been on a quick Search Engine tour with a member of the VSA (Visitor Service Assistance) team and been shown the earliest poster in the collection – so I decided to find out a bit about it. The poster advertises … Continue reading

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Rocket runs

Having another day at York today, I took a walk into the yard after my meetings and lunch to have a look at “Rocket” undertaking trial runs and crew training. Here, Steve Piper under the guidance of Rod Lytton drives … Continue reading

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