Monthly Archives: May 2010

An hour in York

I needed to attend a meeting at 3pm this afternoon at York on my way back from Wales, so took the chance to have a quick scoot round to see what colleagues are up to and bring blog readers up … Continue reading

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A morning with Hefin Owen and Wild Aster

At the suggestion of Julian Birley who was on the Welsh Highland train yesterday, I made my way back to York today via the Llanberis Lake Railway where I found 1904 Quarry Hunslet “Wild Aster/Thomas Bach” raising steam. The loco’s … Continue reading

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Take me to the Bridge

Yesterday was a momentous day for the Welsh Highland Railway, opening the line to Pont Croesor from Hafod y Llyn and now giving over 20 miles of line from Caernarfon and leaving only 3 more miles to open to get … Continue reading

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The K1 is back!

After cylinder repairs last week, NELPG’s K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 was in steam today for trials at Shildon. If all is well, it will leave on Saturday for a week’s running in on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway before heading … Continue reading

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Major step forward for Smith Rodley

This afternoon, the restoration of the 5 ton capacity Smith Rodley steam crane in the Shildon workshops took a big step forward when Richard & Johnny fitted the jib for the first time. It’s only on for a trial basis, … Continue reading

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A Derbyshire Dalliance

Friday saw Helen Ashby & I heading for the Midland Railway at Butterley to discuss working together in the future. After a very productive meeting, we were given a comprehensive tour of the railway’s Swanwick Junction site, including the vintage … Continue reading

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North Eastern wanderer returns

Early last week saw a new locomotive delivered to Shildon, but not one that is part of the Collection. We are establishing a partnership with the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust http://www.lclt.org.uk/ to restore the North Eastern Railway designed J21 … Continue reading

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