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 can see the result of this latter activity as the LNER black gives way to the Great Northern Railway livery of pre-1923. A wonderful piece of transport archaeology which will help us no end in documenting the repaint.
In blizzard conditions on Saturday, Furness 20 was being run for Half Term Shildon operations by Tim Owen and Merling Loco Group stalwarts.
In York yesterday, I noticed that the use of the turntable for the “Once Upon a Tide” exhibition opened up this new vista of GWR Star class No. 4003 “Lode Star”. What a lovely machine!