Monthly Archives: April 2010

North Eastern Giants of Steam – The Prequel

Very few words today. 60163 is proving a real crowd puller, 2400 visitors yesterday alone! We shunted the locos into position tonight ready for steam raising and cleaning tomorrow and here are a couple of pictures to tempt you into … Continue reading

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Tornado to the fore

I make no apology for the predominance of Tornado and Shildon features recently – it is great to have the loco at one of our sites on display, particularly so when this is the closest stay that it has had … Continue reading

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J72 lined out

Very brief update to show you NELPG’s J72 tank, featured a lot recently and now lined out and lettered on one side, and hopefully in action at Shildon this coming weekend. Looks lovely!

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A Taste of Things to come

Today was a Covenantors’ Day for the A1 Trust and a day off for me, though I needed to go in this evening to do a shunt ready for the morning. One of our shunt moves involved “Tornado”, and the … Continue reading

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Tornado returns to the North East

Yesterday we welcomed the K1, No. 62005 to Shildon – and this afternoon’s sun lit the engine perfectly as it is stabled on the apron outside the collection building. Today’s main attraction was the arrival of the Darlington built A1 … Continue reading

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Steam arrival at Shildon

Apologies for the lack of updates recently, we had a week in Wales and this week has gone into meltdown – there will be a much larger update soon! However, I couldn’t let today pass. We have over the next … Continue reading

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Chocolate

Since it’s Easter, I couldn’t go without mentioning something chocolate related – and this weekend, the Museum has been packed with families doing the easter chocolate trail. The trail sends you to 11 locations within the museum looking for clues, … Continue reading

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Heritage Traction Cab It at Shildon

Just a quick note to remind you of heritage Traction Cab It at Shildon this weekend 10am-5pm, free admission, DELTIC cab open, plus NER Bo Bo No.1, and the class 71 in Golden Arrow regalia for today and tomorrow only … Continue reading

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Bo’ness by the sea…

New territory for me today – a visit to the opening of the Manuel extension to the Bo’ness 7 Kinneil Railway in Scotland. the 7.26 from Shildon awaits departure from platform 2 unusually. Due to bridge work in Bishop Auckland, … Continue reading

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Mr Tilt pays a call

This morning at Shildon, we have had Kit Spackman of the APT-E support group up to visit. Kit developed the tilt mechanism for the train (hence his nickname) and has a phenomenal amount of knowledge, history and stories about the … Continue reading

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