Update 9th December 2013
An excellent 'Santa' event on Saturday (7th) - very many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to make it happen and to all the visitors who came to see us - a selection of photos has been added to our Facebook page.
Yesterday, SRC received a 'Highly Commended' certificate in the 'Volunteers Award' competition at the Annual National Railway Heritage Awards Ceremony held at Merchant Taylors Hall in the City of London - some photos have been added to our Facebook page.
Final preparations are now just about complete for Santa's visit next Saturday (7th) - the presents have all arrived and the biggest ever Tombola is ready to go. This weekend also saw further work on the electrics in the two Mark 1 coaches, more progress with both Hunslet Austerity 68009 and Gresley TTO 60505 and the buffer stop lamp received its first coat of red gloss - some photos have been added to the Facebook page. Finally, the November draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 73 John Q Smith
2nd. 61 Howard Mills
3rd. 71 Mrs. June Thompson
Relatively mild at KSE today (27th), so we managed to get a decent amount of work done outside. The two Mark 1 coaches were temporarily split to clean the corridor connection faceplates and to fit a new steam heating hose. There was also some vegetation clearance taking place and we took the opportunity to mark out the site of the new shed / workshop. Inside the building, work continued on components for Gresley TTO 60505 and the buffer stop lamp for the bay platform - some photos should appear on the Facebook page shortly.
Preparations for the Santa event on Saturday 7th December are now in full swing and work started on building the Grotto yesterday. The coaches and platform have also been decorated and an additional tree has been obtained for the Station Master's Office where Tilly Walker will be doing her readings throughout the day for the children. Work also continued on Austerity 68009, with the electrics in the Mark 1's and on components for Gresley TTO 60505 - some photos should appear on our Facebook page shortly.
Freezing cold with sleet at KSE yesterday (20th), so it was indoor jobs only. The non-return valve which supplies oil to the regulator valve on the Peckett has been repaired and we have also had the one that supplies oil to the valve chests overhauled as well - many thanks Steve. These have now both been refitted and the lubrication lines have been primed so, hopefully, that should be the loco restored to full health. Yesterday, work continued with the step boards for the BSK & TSO receiving their first coat of black gloss and more primer being applied to various items for Gresley TTO 60505 - some photos have been added to the Facebook page.
Yesterday (16th), saw a shunt take place to get the Yorkshire Diesel inside the 'Darlington' trainshed so that we could undertake some work on it. Today (17th), Dean arrived at lunchtime with some more new components for Gresley TTO 60505 - legs and support brackets for the tables and some additional brackets for the bucket seats - the legs have already been rubbed down and treated with a first coat of red oxide primer. Work also continued on painting the new step boards for the far (non-platform) side of the BSK & TSO - some photos should appear on the Facebook page tomorrow.
More progress with Gresley TTO 60505 - the overhauled door looks have been refitted and we have taken delivery of the new 'Art Deco' handles for the saloon doors which have been manufactured by Roger Melton of the LNERCA - these will be sent away for polishing and chroming shortly. Yesterday saw the arrival of the NER Luggage Trolley which we have recently purchased. Some photos should appear on the Facebook page shortly.
A fair old mixture of weather this weekend (8th / 9th) at KSE. Before the rain came yesterday afternoon, Dave Foxton managed to get over to put a first coat of maroon gloss of the second half of the TSO - fortunately, with the sun out warming the bodywork whilst he was painting, the gloss had 'gone off' before the rain arrived - some photos have been added to our Facebook page. Work also continued on Austerity 68009 and, today, the volunteer's efforts were concentrated inside the building - it will be 'Santa' time before we know it, so thoughts are turning to building his grotto etc.
This weekend (2nd / 3rd) saw a Footplate Experience Course take place on Saturday morning and a very successful Murder Mystery event in the evening. Very many thanks to all who supported this and to 'After Dark' for putting on yet another super show - an album of photos has been uploaded onto the Facebook page. Unfortunately, at the end of the Footplate Course, a small spring in the non-return valve which supplies oil to the regulator valve fractured resulting in steam being blown back down the pipe into the mechanical lubricator. Here, it condenses into water which would have been fed into the axleboxes causing them to run hot had we continued to operate the loco. Sadly, we could not fix the problem at the time and, as a result, we were unable to operate trains on Sunday. The valve has since been removed and sent away for repair. Hopefully, the loco should be restored to full health very shortly. Such are the perils of operating a machine that is 65 years old. Finally, the October draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 19 Bill Watkin
2nd. 31 Maureen Wilson
3rd. 64 Keith Hand
A dry morning, but very wet and windy at KSE this afternoon (30th). However, we managed to make more progress on both the BSK & TSO. The solebar of the BSK is now resplendent in black and both vehicles have had new step boards fitted. Cleaning and painting components for Hunslet Austerity 68009 continued and efforts are now focused on preparations for the forthcoming operating weekend and Murder Mystery event on Saturday evening. A selection of photos should appear on our Facebook page tomorrow.
Some seriously wild weather at KSE this weekend (26th / 27th) so it was definitely indoor jobs only! There was more progress with the step boards, corridor flooring and lighting in the BSK & TSO. Preparations were also underway for the Murder Mystery event next Saturday evening - some photos should appear on the Facebook page later today.
More wind and heavy rain yesterday (23rd). Work continued indoors on the new step boards for the BSK & TSO - these have now had several coats of primer and a number have been cut to size. Further progress was also made with the overhaul of Austerity 68009 with more components being cleaned and painted - some photos of the day's work have been added to the Facebook page.
Another wet and windy weekend (19th / 20th) at KSE essentially limiting the volunteers to inside jobs once more. However, work continued on the BSK, TSO, Austerity 68009 and preparations for the 'Murder Mystery' event in a couple of weeks time. A major development, with considerable assistance from our colleague, Ian Jolly, was the commencement of work to install our own internal telephone system. This will not only enable us to speak to volunteers in the various rooms within the station building but, once they are constructed, we will also be able to contact folk in the Signalbox, loco shed etc. Some photos illustrating the weekends work should appear on Facebook later today.
A very wet and windy day yesterday (16th) at KSE.As a result, the volunteers were limited to predominantly undercover jobs which included further work on the BSK, TSO and Austerity 68009. Some photos of the work should be uploaded to our Facebook page later today.
A busy weekend at KSE (12th / 13th) despite the weather with further progress on the BSK, TSO and 68009 along with servicing of the Peckett following its successful steam test. Some photos have been added to our Facebook page.
Pretty wet for most of the day yesterday (9th) which limited the volunteers to working undercover. Efforts continued on the BSK and Hunslet Austerity 68009 - some photos showing recent progress on the Guards compartment of the BSK should be uploaded on our Facebook page later today.
A busy weekend at KSE (5th / 6th).Good progress continues with both the TSO and BSK - the former is now partly in maroon gloss and both the 'cage' and Guard areas of the latter are looking very smart. A major milestone was achieved yesterday with electric power finally being provided in the Station Master's Office for the first time since the building was acquired for preservation in 1997- the room is now looking very smart. Work also continued on 68009 and today the Peckett passed its formal 14-monthly steam exam following a test steaming yesterday after we had completed the reassembly following the 'cold' exam. Some photos of the weekend can be found on our Facebook page.
A day of contrasts at KSE today (2nd) - wet and windy this morning, but somewhat drier and brighter this afternoon. Work continued on both the BSK (upgrading the 'cage' area and repainting the internal door of the Guards compartment) and TSO (applying a first coat of fresh varnish on one of the saloon doors and cleaning / repainting the solebar) - some photos should be uploaded on to our Facebook page tomorrow. There was also further progress on 68009 and some vegetation clearance underway. Finally, the September draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 47 Trevor Thomas
2nd. 1 David Rayner
3rd. 52 Maggie Yates
This weekend (28th / 29th), the volunteers took full advantage of the unseasonally warm and sunny weather at KSE. Further progress was made with applying undercoat to the TSO (we hope to start with the maroon gloss next weekend if the Cumbrian weather behaves itself), work on the 'cage' of the BSK continued along with repainting the 'Planet' / 37 674, fitting electrics in the Station Master's Office, the general overhaul of 68009 and the Peckett is now ready for its formal steam test which is planned to take place shortly. A selection of photos should appear on our Facebook page tomorrow.
A dry, but overcast day at KSE yesterday (25th). We took advantage of the weather to paint the roof of the BSK 'Graphite Grey' - it now matches the TSO - a photo should appear on our Facebook page later today. Work also continued on the 'cage' area of the BSK and on the Station Master's Office. There was some trackwork taking place and the Peckett is now ready to fill with water once more. Finally, the latest Newsletter has gone in the post today to all our regular subscribers.
A busy weekend at KSE (21st / 22nd). For the past few weeks, volunteers have been busy boarding out and painting the 'cage' area of the BSK - some photos of this work, and progress with repainting the Planet, should appear on our Facebook page later today. Over the weekend, we played host to groups of beavers and cubs (Saturday) and scouts (Sunday) from Kirkby Stephen District - a good time was had by all. In addition, work continued on the TSO, the electrics in the Station Master's Office, Class 37 674 and the Peckett is almost ready to fill with water once more to allow its formal steam test to take place.
We are pleased to report that today (18th) the Peckett passed its 14-monthly 'cold' exam in the presence of Allianz Boiler Inspector, John Leggat, and work is now underway to prepare for the 'in steam' exam. Elsewhere on site, work continued on the BSK and Class 37 674.
A weekend of great contrast - warm sunshine on Saturday (14th), but gales and heavy rain on Sunday (15th). However, Saturday saw further excellent progress with painting the TSO - essentially all of the platform side is now in maroon undercoat - some photos should hopefully appear on our Facebook page tomorrow. In addition, work has now commenced in earnest with fitting the electrics in the Station Master's Office and progress continued with re-varnishing the timberwork inside the TSO.
More progress to report this weekend (7th / 8th) - efforts continued to restore the timberwork inside TSO 4249, the first of the two new 'STOP' boards was fitted in place, further components from 68009 were cleaned up ready for painting and the Peckett is now ready for its 14-monthly 'cold' exam which is due shortly. An excellent selection of photos have been added to our Facebook page.
The volunteers took full advantage of the warm sunshine at KSE today (4th) with more progress being made on both the BSK & TSO, Austerity 68009 and Class 37 674. Work also continued on the new 'STOP' Boards and these should be ready to fit shortly - photos of the latter should be up on our Facebook page tomorrow.
Some more photos of last weekend's work have recently been added to our Facebook page. The August draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 65 James Relph
2nd. 64 Keith Hand
3rd. 5 Mike Thompson
The volunteers were busy with a wide variety of projects this weekend - outside - work took place on the BSK, TSO and Class 37 674. Whilst undercover, efforts continued with the new 'STOP' Boards, the general overhaul of 68009 and the Peckett was being stripped down ready for its 14-monthly 'cold' exam due in a couple of weeks time. A selection of photos (and some new videos) have been added to our Facebook page.
More good progress yesterday (28th) - work continued on the TSO (internals), BSK (lights), the Station Master's Office, Hunslet Austerity 68009 and the new 'STOP' Boards. Hopefully we will have a few more weeks of decent weather yet before autumn really arrives.
Just for once, a glorious Bank Holiday weekend at KSE! Very many thanks to the several hundred visitors who came to see us and to enjoy a steam-hauled train ride - a number of photos have been added to our Facebook page. We now have a 2 month break from operating trains whilst the boiler certificate on the Peckett is renewed - this break will also allow us to get on with a number of other jobs.
A busy day yesterday (21st) with more progress on both TSO 4249 and Gresley TTO 60505 - on the latter, efforts continue with the luggage rack brackets and toilet windows - some photos should appear on our Facebook page later today.
An excellent weekend at KSE (10th / 11th). On Saturday, we had another 'Footplate Experience Course' during the afternoon with a 'Murder Mystery' event in the evening and yesterday was a normal 'Steam Day'. Many thanks to the 300 visitors who came to see us over the weekend - we have added a link to the album of photos (107!) taken by 'After Dark' on Saturday night to our Facebook page.
A mixture of sunshine and showers this weekend (3rd / 4th). The volunteers were busy with rolling stock projects - TSO 4249, Hunslet Austerity 68009 and Class 37 674. There was also some maintenance work taking place on the Peckett and Planet in preparation for the forthcoming operating weekend which also features a 'Murder Mystery' event on Saturday night. The theme is 'Sherlock Holmes' and tickets can be purchase via the link on the 'Home' page.
A day of contrasts yesterday (31st July) - sunshine in the morning, but very wet in the afternoon. Work continued on a number of projects - most notably TSO 4249, Hunslet Austerity '68009' and Class 37 674. Some recent photos have been added to our Facebook page. Finally, the July draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 19 Bill Watkin
2nd. 74 Mark Warr
3rd. 3 David Rayner
A very busy weekend (27th / 28th) with lots of visitors despite the heavy rain overnight and first thing this morning. Yesterday saw the first undercoat applied to half of the platform side of TSO 4249 and further progress with the repaint of the 'Planet' diesel - some photos should appear shortly on the Facebook page. In addition, there was also work taking place on the Station Master's Office, the Peckett, Hunslet Austerity '68009', BSK 35200 and Gresley TTO 60505.
The last two days (23rd / 24th) have seen Dave & Andy of 'Locomotive Maintenance Services' based at Loughborough on site renewing some of the foundation ring rivets on the Peckett. Work has also taken place on Class 37 674, TSO 4249 and Hunslet Austerity 68009. In addition, the 'Junction Signal Box' sign has been fitted into position - some photos have been added to our Facebook page. Today (25th), we have had a meeting with Rebecca Mason of the North West Office of the Heritage Lottery Fund to discuss 3 potential projects (I) the restoration of the 1861-built signalbox and the installation of mechanical signalling, (ii) the restoration of the Gresley Buffet Lounge Car No.1852 and (iii) the restoration of J21 No. 65033.
Another warm and dry weekend (20th / 21st). Excellent progress was made with a number of projects including BSK 35200 (now in first coat of maroon gloss), TSO 4249, Class 37 674, Gresley TTO 60505 and Hunslet Austerity 68009. The new 'Station Ground Frame' sign is also now in position - a number of photos have been added to our Facebook page.
A glorious weekend (13th / 14th) and very atmospheric 'Steam Gathering' over the last two days. Many thanks to all the exhibitors, visitors and, once more, the hard-working volunteers who made it happen - some photos have been added to the Facebook page. We also had sufficient volunteers on site that work was also able to progress on Hunslet Austerity 68009 and Gresley TTO 60505. We now have 4 weeks before our next operating weekend, but there is plenty to do and we need to take advantage of the weather while we can - please come over and help if you can.
More progress today (10th) on TSO 4249 and Class 37 674. The weather looks set fair for our 'Steam Gathering' this weekend - please come along and support us if you can.
A glorious weekend - wall to wall sunshine! Yesterday (6th), we ran two more Footplate Experience Courses' - many thanks to Tom & Harry for supporting us and we very much hope that both you and your families enjoyed yourselves. Today (7th) was a passenger train operating day and many thanks to all those who dragged themselves away from the tennis to come and have a ride with us - some photos have been added to our Facebook page. The latest Newsletter is now back from the printers and should be with all our regular subscribers very shortly.
Yesterday (3rd) saw more work taking place on the TSO, Class 37 674 and 68009. This weekend sees two 'Footplate Experience Courses' on Saturday and then we will be operating a normal passenger train service on Sunday (10.30am - 4pm). Just for once, the weather forecast looks good, so please come along and support us if you can. Finally, the June draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 60 John Warner
2nd. 31 Mrs. Maureen Wilson
3rd. 72 Mrs. Sheila Humphreys-Jones
A busy weekend with progress on many projects including BSK 35200, TSO 4249, repainting the planet and the overhaul of 68009. There was also some routine trackwork and servicing of the Peckett taking place in readiness for next weekend - 2 Footplate Experience Courses on Saturday & a passenger train service on Sunday. Some photos of the work on the BSK have been added to our Facebook page.
A dry day yesterday (26th), so efforts were concentrated on the outside jobs. Routine track maintenance was taking place and there was a large group of volunteers working on TSO 4249, both internally and externally, and also on BSK 35200. The latest Newsletter is now at the printers and should be with all our regular subscribers shortly.
Wet and windy for much of the time this weekend (22nd / 23rd) which meant that the volunteers were undercover for most of the time. However, work continued on Hunslet Austerity 68009 and TSO 4249. In addition, a new nameboard for the 'Station Ground Frame' was made up (and awaits painting) the the Museum has had a revamp.
A gloriously sunny day yesterday (19th) with plenty of opportunity for the volunteers to work outside. Progress continued on TSO 4249 with the first two refurbished tables fitted in the saloon and a number of the window frames were rubbed down and primed - some photos have been added to the Facebook page. Routine maintenance was undertaken on the Peckett and work continued on both Hunslet Austerity 68009 and Gresley TTO 60505. The track gang were busy and Phyllis & Keith arrived with some hanging baskets for the Darlington platform.
A very successful Model Railway Show this weekend (15th / 16th) - our best yet in terms of visitor numbers and takings. A big 'thank you' to Dave & Mary Ann for all their efforts in organising the event, to the exhibitors and traders for supporting us, to all our visitors who braved the showers to come and see us and last, but most certainly not least, all the volunteers who made it happen. Planning for next year's event is already underway. Some photos should appear on our Facebook page later today.
Today (12th) has seen progress with the tables for TSO 4249 - hopefully the first of these will be fitted shortly. Work has also taken place on Gresley TTO 60505 and we have been completing preparations for the Model Railway Show this weekend - fingers crossed for some reasonable weather!
The last week has seen progress on a number of projects including Class 20 169, Class 37 674, Gresley TTO 60505 and TSO 4249. Yesterday (10th) saw two of our volunteers down at Broklands Museum in Surrey attending the annual Transport Trust Awards. We were delighted to receive a Restoration Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent for the work undertaken on 60505 - an album of photos has been added to our Facebook page. This coming weekend sees our annual Model Railway Show which, for the first time, takes place on both days - some details of layouts and traders attending have been added to the Next Events page. Passenger trains will be operating on both days and there will be all the usual facilities - please come along and support the event if you can. Finally, the May draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 61 Howard Mills
2nd.65 James Relph
3rd. 4 Mike Thompson
This weekend saw two new ventures at KSE - on Saturday we held our very first 'Footplate Experience Course' in the afternoon using the Peckett and then, in the evening, we played host to 'After Dark' from Lancaster with our very first Murder Mystery Event. Both were a great success and an album of photos (courtesy of 'After Dark') can be found on our Facebook page. In addition, yesterday we operated a public passenger service and, throughout the weekend, work continued on Gresley TTO 60505 - a photo illustrating the latest progress can also be found on the Facebook page.
Steady progess at KSE today (29th) with volunteers busy on Class 37 674, TSO 4249, Gresley TTO 60505 and the Buffet Car. In addition, work has now commenced in earnest on the overhaul of J94 68009 with the chassis receiving attention.
Finally, glorious 'wall to wall' sunshine at KSE for a full two days! The volunteers took advantage and there was excellent progress on Class 37 674, BSK 35200, TSO 4249 and Gresley TTO 60505. In addition, we were finally able to get to work weed spraying in order to keep the site looking tidy. We are now pretty much ready for next weekend which will feature our first 'Footplate Experience Course' and 'Murder Mystery' event on the Saturday and public passenger trains on Sunday. Places are still available for the Murder Mystery event and tickets can be booked via the link on our homepage.
At last, a nice sunny day at KSE (22nd). The volunteers took advantage of this to work outside on TSO 4249. Much of the weld from the previous bodywork repairs was ground down and the appropriate areas painted with red oxide. In addition, half of the platform side of the vehicle has now been rubbed down and is ready for filler to be applied where required - some photos should be added to the Facebook page in the next 24 hours or so. Elsewhere, the last section of flooring was fitted in the saloon of TTO 60505, some minor repairs were undertaken in the Buffet Car and on the Peckett and work continued on the electrics in BSK 35200.
Very wet at KSE on Saturday (18th), but a bit better yesterday. As a result, much of the work was of the undercover variety with progress continuing on TSO 4249 & Gresley TTO 60505 - a selection of photos have been added to our Facebook page.
A mixture of sunshine and showers yesterday (15th). Our Railway Inspector, Steve Turner, called in for a couple of hours to see how we have been getting on following his last visit some 2 years or so ago. The volunteers were busy with routine trackwork and further repairs inside TSO 4249.
A pretty wet weekend (11th / 12th) at KSE. In between the showers yesterday, the volunteers were busy building a fence around the Ground Frame which controls the crossover. Work also continued inside TSO 4249, with repainting the 'Planet' and servicing the Peckett in readiness for the next operating day.
A fairly quiet working day yesterday (8th) with many volunteers understandably having a rest after the weekend. However, work continued on Gresley TTO 60505 and TSO 4249. The April draw for the monthly 200 Club has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 30 John Q. Smith
2nd.66 Brian Wood
3rd. 64 Keith Hand
A very busy and very successful Bank Holiday weekend (4th - 6th) at KSE - another 'first' for the project in that this was the first occasion that we have operated public passenger trains ourselves on 3 consecutive days. We operated over 3 days at the '150' of course, but that was with assistance from a number of colleagues associated with other railways. Many thanks to the several hundered visitors who came to support us - we were finally rewarded with some warm sunshine yesterday afternoon - some photos of the weekend have been added to our Facebook page.
A real mix of weather this weekend - cold, wet and windy today (28th). Yesterday saw more progress on the crossover, whilst today it was essentially indoor jobs with work continuing on Gresley TTO 60505 and a repaint of the Planet diesel.
More progress yesterday (24th) with volunteers busy working on the Ground Frame-operated mechanism controlling the crossover, the fireplace in the Station Master's Office and Gresley TTO 60505 - further photos have been added to the appropriate albums on the KSE Station and Gresley Coaches pages.
On Saturday, we took our Sales Stand to the annual Newton Aycliffe Model Railway Show - an excellent and very succesful day - many thanks to John and his team for all their hard work in putting on the event and raising money for charity. At KSE, work continued on the track, Mark 1 coaches, Gresley TTO, Class 108 DMU and Class 37 674. We are now busy getting ready for our next operating days over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
A very windy and quite wet day at KSE today (17th). However, during the dry spells, the volunteers were busy outside repairing one of the site boundary walls and checking over some of the S&T installations. Inside the building, work continued on both the Station Master's Office and Gresley TTO 60505 - Glenys & Stephen arrived from Cliburn in mid-afternoon with another 4 seats for the vehicle, so we now have 18 of the 26 double seats completed and inside the coach.
The BBC has recently published a nice article relating to our new Shed Appeal which can be found here. Donations to the appeal can be made (i) online via our Online Shop which is accessesed through the SRC Shop page of this website, (ii) by cheque made payable to 'Stainmore Railway Company Ltd' and sent to Kirkby Stephen East Station, South Road, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4LA or (iii) in person at the East Station at weekends. Please support this key project if you can - donations of any size would be hugely appreciated -THANK YOU. Further details can also be found on our Facebook page.
Wet and windy for most of the time at KSE this weekend (13th / 14th). During the dry spell on Saturday morning, work was underway to repair a section of fencing, but the rest of the weekend was spent undercover working on the Class 108 DMU, Gresley TTO 60505, the Peckett and some components for J94 68009.
Some sunshine for the volunteers at KSE today (10th). Work continued on the track, Gresley TTO 60505 and some items for the Station Master's Office.
At last, the chance to have a more relaxed weekend at KSE. Volunteers were busy with Gresley TTO 60505 (a photo has been added to the album on the Gresley Coaches page), TSO 4249, Class 37 674, vegetation clearance and painting the fencing. In addition, there was also some First Aid training taking place for a number of the regular volunteers. Finally, the March draw for the monthly '200 Club' has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 47 Trevor Thomas
2nd. 38 Ken Ball
3rd. 3 David Rayner
Yesterday (3rd) saw more progress on Gresley TTO 60505 and the volunteers also took advantage of the somewhat better weather to work outside on vegetation clearance. We have now launched an appeal to raise £80,000 for a Maintenance Shed & Worksop. The initial target is to raise £40,000 which should be sufficient to purchase and erect the main frame. To keep the cost to a minimum, we intend to do as much of the work ourselves as possible. Further details of this exciting project and information on how to help support the scheme can be found on our Facebook page.
This weekend (30th / 31st March) saw a very successful 15th Annual Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally with record takings at KSE despite the cold and snow. Very many thanks to the Eden Classic Vehicle Group for all their hard work in organising the event, to the exhibitors, to all of our volunteers who put in so much time and effort at KSE and to all the visitors who came and supported the Rally despite the weather.
Very, very cold weekend at KSE with the main access via the A66 and the Nateby Road both shut due to the snow, so little work was undertaken - many thanks to the few hardy local volunteers who were on site. Yesterday, some volunteers made the 5-6 hour round trip from the north east via Corbridge, Carlisle and Penrith to make deliveries for next weekend's event. Let's all hope that the forecast for more severe weather from Good Friday turns out to be wrong!
A raw, freezing cold day at KSE yesterday (20th) with light snow for most of the time. Much of the work was undercover - there was further progress with the flooring and seats in Gresley TTO 60505, some more components for Class 31 410 were painted and preparations continued for the Easter Rally. We have ordered some warmer weather, but it does not look too promising!
The last 5 days have seen a hive of activity at KSE culminating in a number of our 'Safety Critical' trainees taking their formal exams on Saturday. We are delighted to report that we now have 2 more fully qualified Firemen, another 6 Guards and 2 Responsible Officers. Well done to you all and many thanks to those responsible for doing the training and to Martyn & Alan - our two independent external accessors. On Saturday, 5 more upholstered 'bucket seats' arrived for the Gresley TTO and work is well underway to fit these. It is now only two weeks to the Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally, so next weekend will see a major effort to get as much of the site ready as possible. Finally, on Saturday, we took a Sales Stand to the Annual 'ScoutRail' Model Railway Show at Settle - many thanks to Dave Burrows for the invite and for putting on the usual excellent event.
Another freezing cold weekend (9th / 10th) at KSE with snow flurries most of the time. Yesterday saw a number of our volunteers undertake their theory exams in readiness for the 'Safety Critical' practical exams that they will be going through shortly - we hope to have some good news in the next week or so. Work also continued on TSO 4249, some more of the corkcoid flooring was laid in Gresley TTO 60505 and preparations are now well underway for the Classic Commercial Vehicle Rally at Easter.
Freezing cold at KSE today (6th) - however, good progress continued with the TSO and the trackwork. In addition, further training of the group of new 'Safety Critical Staff' was taking place.
With Easter getting ever closer, work continues in preparation for the Eden Classic Vehicle Rally and our first operating weekend of the season. Saturday / Sunday (2nd / 3rd) saw more progress on TSO 4249, Class 37 674, the Planet and with the trackwork - ballasting and the crossover.
The February draw for the monthly '200 Club' has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 64 Keith Hind
2nd. 33 Maggie Yates
3rd. 5 Mike Thompson
A gloriously sunny day greeted the volunteers yesterday (27th). Work continued on the crossover (now nearing completion), ballasting the bay siding, the Guards compartment of BSK 35200 and Gresley TTO 60505 - the latter having the latest batch of 'bucket' seats fitted in the saloon as can be seen from the photos added to the album on the Gresley coaches page. We also learned that, following the recent visit from Eden District Council to inspect the Food Hygiene standards in our Gresley Buffet Car, we have been awarded a '5' - the highest mark possible - so well done to all who were involved in developing the relevant procedures, producing the necessary paperwork etc.
This weekend (23rd / 24th) has seen the remaining seats and the luggage racks fited in TSO 4249. In addition, there has been further progress with both upgrading the crossover and the work on Class 37 674. Today (24th), the latest batch of seats arrived for Gresley TTO 60505 and we have been busy with Personal Track Safety 'refreshers' for our volunteers and with training a number of Guards for the forthcoming operating season.
A busy day at KSE today (20th) despite the cold. The first batch of 'bucket' seats were finally moved into position and screwed down to the floor in Gresley TTO 60505, work continued on the crossover and ballasting the bay siding, the Guard's window was replaced in the BSK following the welding repairs to the bodywork and there was more progress with repainting Class 31 410. In addition, just for good measure, we also had some filming taking place on the site during the morning.
It was almost 'spring-like' today at KSE and we hosted a visit by Vince Cable MP - the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills. The weekend (16th / 17th) saw a new brick arch fitted in the Peckett, more progress on the Class 20 & 37 and most of the replacement seats we collected from Scotland fitted in TSO 4249 which now looks almost complete once more.
This week has seen two of our volunteers up in Scotland collecting all the components we need to return TSO 4249 to traffic. The first port of call was the Caledonian Railway at Brechin followed by the Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Boness - many thanks to Tommy, Steve, Mike & Jim at Brechin and Ian & Stuart at Boness for typical Scottish hospitality and all their help with the various bits and pieces. Whilst in Scotland, we also visited Glasgow to obtain the cement for the new brick arch in the Peckett. Work continued at KSE yesterday (13th) and the first batch of new seats for Gresley TTO 60505 have been fitted with their pedestals - a photo has been added to the album on the Gresley coaches page.
A busy weekend (9th / 10th) despite the sleet and snow today. Yesterday morning, (9th) saw our good friend, Rob Murray, arrive with colleagues from Ipswich with the LNER Wickham Trolley which is in full working order - it has been placed in the 'Darlington' trainshed so that further work can be undertaken on it. Late in the afternoon, the first batch of 'bucket' seats for Gresley TTO 60505 arrived from the upholsterer - some photos have been added to the album on the Gresley coaches page. Further progress was also made on the trackwork and Class 37 674.
The last two days (6th / 7th), we have had a visit from our good friend, Brian Thomson of the SRPS, who has been busy working with Phil on the welding repairs required to the bodywork of TSO 4249 and BSK 35200 - excellent progress has been made. Elsewhere, there has been further work on the track (upgrading the crossover) and the Planet.
Plenty of visitors at KSE this weekend (2nd / 3rd) especially yesterday with many out to see A4 60009 'Union of South Africa' at work on the WCML and S&C. The volunteers were busy with winter maintenance and, over the next 10 days or so, we hope to be able to report substantial progress with a number of projects. Finally, the January draw for the monthly '200 Club' has taken place - the winning numbers are:
1st. 61 Howard Mills
2nd. 60 John Warner
3rd. 72 Mrs Sheila Humphreys-Jones
A cold, wet and windy day at KSE today (30th). However, good progress was made on a number of projects including the trackwork (ballasting the bay siding and upgrading the crossover), the Planet, Gresley TTO 60505, Class 31 410 and preparations to renew the brick arch in the Peckett. Finally, we have some good news and some bad news: the good news is that our Planning Application for the two Signal Boxes and Maintenance / Restoration facility has been approved by Eden District Council. The bad news is that with great sadness, we must report the passing early this morning of one of our 'Founding Fathers' - Stainmore Railwayman Brian Cowin. Brian was a Director of SRC for many years from its formation in summer 2000 and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for all his hard work on our behalf during this time. We send our deepest sympathy to his wife, Marjorie, who was by his side for so many years - a full tribute to Brian will appear in the next edition of the Newsletter.
This weekend (26th / 27th) has seen the volunteers busy with a stock-take in the shop in preparation for the coming season. In addition, further work has taken place in Gresley TTO 60505 and we hope to take delivery of the first batch of upholstered 'bucket seats' for the vehicle in the next week or so.
Another very cold day at KSE today (23rd) with a good six or seven inches of snow still on the ground. The first job this morning involved shovelling a large quantity of snow so that we could get the doors open and bring the equipment needed for the days work out on to the platform! There was good progress on the bodywork of Class 37 674, the trackwork on the crossover and with preparing TSO 4249 and BSK 35200 for the 2013 operating season.
A freezing cold and snowy weekend (19th / 20th) at KSE, but we managed to open the station to visitors on both days as usual. Some small jobs were undertaken yesterday on both the Planet & Peckett. Today we were working outside and made good progress with the welding repairs on Class 37 674 - some photos of the latter have been added to our Facebook page.
A busy day yesterday (16th) at KSE despite the very cold weather. One of our regular contractors was on site working with the volunteers to fit the last new section of the Gable End at the eastern end of the 'Darlington' trainshed - this work is now complete. In addition, a number of our volunteers were busy painting a portion of the inside of the trainshed roof - this job has almost reached the point where we need to wait for the warmer weather so as to be able to apply the top coats of maroon and cream gloss - a selection of photos have been added to the appropriate album on the KSE Station page. Outside, there was also more progress with the trackwork on the crossover.
Freezing cold at KSE over the weekend (12th / 13th) with some snow this afternoon (13th) just for good measure! Undeterred, the volunteers turned out as usual and, outside the building, good progress was made with sorting out the seats and other internal fittings for TSO 4249, the trackwork on the crossover and Class 37 674. Inside the building, the mini project to reorganise the volunteers Mess Room was completed. This coming week (weather permitting), we hope to finish the work on the Gable End so that the scaffolding can be dismantled.
A cold but gloriously sunny day at KSE today (9th), so the volunteers took the opportunity to work outside. Good progress was made with ballasting the remaining section of the bay siding and the first stage of modifications to upgrade the crossover from the loading / unloading road to the passenger-carrying line commenced. Glynis Manning, our Heritage Skills Trainee involved in upholstering the 'bucket' seats for Gresley TTO 60505, has now started to put a record of her 3 month placement online - her blog can be found here.
A Happy New Year to you all.
A mild and dry weekend (5th / 6th) for the volunteers. With a Loadhaul operating, we were able to take the first steps towards reorganising the site so that ultimately we will have space for our much-needed restoration / maintenance facility alongside the southern boundary of the station yard. Inside the building, all the remaining Christmas decorations were removed, the reorganisation of the shop was completed and further progress was made with the saloon of Gresley TTO 60505.
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