Famous film star steam locomotive steams again

August 18, 2016

The locomotive which was the subject of the famous railway documentary film 
Snowdrift at Bleath Gill 
is now back in steam after a 35 year comprehensive restoration, with only the finishing touches and adjustments left to be completed.

78018 stuck in the snow at Bleath Gill

The two photos above show 78018 as we recieved it and 78018 in traffic in BR days.

The work undertaken has taken 35 years of tireless and careful work by members of the Darlington Railway Preservation Society, and more recently our partners at the Loughbrough Standard Locomotive Group, the team at the Great Central Railway and many more.
Below are the photos from the 14th of August 2016 capturing the moment we in the DRPS have all been waiting for, and all our hard work has been building up to.

Its with great pleasure I can say that 78018 will be entering traffic latter this year at the GCR so keep your eyes pealed for more news as it comes

20 Inch gauge track work

August 13, 2016
Track work has progressed on the 20 inch gauge railway. So below are a selection of images from our on going track work,

Step one working out what parts we have to work with.

Track was laid in the workshop first, then a barrow crossing was laid to make access easier.

Phil then drilled and screwed the first panel on to the apron.

The ground was prepared then the first sleeper and rails where laid,

The rails are laid to gauge and the point is started

Finally the part assembled point has continued to ...

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Milestone Reached

July 16, 2016
I am pleased to say that the Scammel has now moved under its own power, more news and a video hopefully to follow

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Track Work

June 18, 2016
Below is a selection of photos from our latest track work effort, 
We are currently re-laying the line outside of the workshop

The starting point for a evenings work.

Positioning the rail ready for fixing to the sleepers.

Securing the rail to the chairs using a key.

Final tweaks and positioning of the rail.

These photos give a brief flavour of what goes into laying track.

And finally just a little view of the shed in the sun.

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Brief Update and a Congratulations

March 31, 2016
Work has been ungoing in our work shops, and the Ruston is nearing completion, 
Below is a photo of where we are with the restoration,

Above is the inside of the cab, still awaiting painting but we are now getting close to completion.

We would also like to congratulate our freinds at the North Bay Railway Scarborough on the launch and building of their new steam locomotive Georgina.

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