Monday 10th June 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
1w ago
We start this week’s blog with the breaking news that Furness Railway locomotive No 20 will be visiting the West Somerset Railway from 16th to 21st July to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the opening of the line between Watchet and Minehead. Full details of the event can be found here. There will also be other visiting locomotives including the very recently outshopped Great Western Railway ‘Grange’ 4-6-0 locomotive No. 6880 Betton Grange. A press release is also available here. Let’s hope that we have some decent weather that week! Some of you who have visited Preston in recent times will ..read more
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Monday 3rd June 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
2w ago
With the May Bank Holiday holibobs now over, we suddenly seem to have found ourselves in June. Just a short update this week as several of our volunteers have been away seeking warm weather. Work has again been concentrated on the overhaul of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643. The driving wheelset that had its balanceweight rivets secured is receiving a coat of paint. Simeon Dixon is seen cleaning the radial wheelset, which has recently returned from tyre turning at Bury, in readiness for a fresh coat of paint. John Dixon has continued his work outside the shed cleaning the bunker ready fo ..read more
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Monday 20th May 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
1M ago
GWR 0-6-2T 5643’s radial wheelset, which returned from the East Lancashire Railway last Monday after its tyres had been re-profiled on the wheel lathe, was duly positioned behind 5643’s frames last Wednesday, ready for it to be returned to its rightful position. John Davis has been busy grinding off more stay heads on 5643’s firebox, this time on the backhead. Keith has been fettling up 5643’s manifold ready for re-fitting when required. Meanwhile, John Dixon has started work on cleaning up 5643’s bunker. We hope that the recent warm dry weather will continue to enable him to complete the work ..read more
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Monday 13th May 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
1M ago
There was good representation from the Furness Railway Trust at former Treasurer David Rimmer’s funeral at Allerton a week last Wednesday. The family was very grateful for the opportunity to meet Davd’s friends afterwards at a local inn and to learn a little more of David’s many activities with the FRT. There has been more progress at Preston with the overhaul of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643, with a variety of jobs being tackled. Painting and cleaning of the inside motion is just about complete and Ed can be seen here cleaning rust and paint from one of the water tank filler apertures ..read more
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Monday 29th April 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
1M ago
The radial wheelset of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643 was despatched to the East Lancashire Railway last Wednesday where the tyres will be reprofiled on their lathe. Ade retrieved the wheels out of the Furness Railway Trust’s shed at Preston through some neat manoeuvring with the fork lift truck. The wheelset was then hoisted aboard the lorry which was handily equipped with a hi-ab lift. The lorry also returned two springs to the ELR and picked up two wheelsets belonging to FRT member Stewart Waugh which were also going for re-profiling of the tyres. Great Eastern Railway royal saloon N ..read more
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Monday 22nd April 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
2M ago
We start this week’s blog with the very sad news that David Rimmer, former Membership Secretary and then (extremely) long time Treasurer of both the Lakeside Railway Society and the Furness Railway Trust, passed away at the age of 80 last Thursday, 18th April, after being diagnosed with cancer. David was a guard, booking office clerk and locomotive cleaner at Haverthwaite during the earlier days and became a stalwart of the Carriage and Wagon gang. He was also involved in the restorations of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643 and Furness Railway No. 20 as well as being a keen supporter of t ..read more
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Monday 15th April 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
2M ago
Last Wednesday saw Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643’s boiler being dragged out of the FRT shed during a gap in the rain showers in order to remove the chimney, manifold and safety valves. John Dixon went inside the smokebox to fix the chains below the chimney. Keith went on top to guide Paul Wood, Ribble’s RRV operator, using the microphone and earphones clamped to his head to communicate. The manifold and safety valves followed without problems, but an attempt to remove the smokebox door failed when the locating pin in the hinges refused to move despite strenuous efforts by John wit ..read more
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Monday 8th April 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
2M ago
We start this week’s blog with the sad news that long time member and former Press and Publicity Officer of the Lakeside Railway Society (forerunner of the FRT) Michael Cooke has passed away recently at the age of 85. Despite suffering from ill health, Michael had kept in touch in recent years, sponsoring the purchase of some storage shelves and supplying the mess room with tea bags for the benefit of volunteers. The funeral will be private and we send our condolences to Michael’s family. The overhaul of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643 is making steady progress with Sim Dixon alongside b ..read more
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Monday 25th March 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
3M ago
A short catch up this week. That is not to say that work is not continuing apace as usual. Keith has been drilling out more stays in the firebox of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T No. 5643 whilst John, Jon and Simeon Dixon have been working on cleaning and painting 5643’s frames. The Ribble Steam Railway’s Spring Steam Gala took place on Saturday and Sunday which meant that some resources were deployed to clean Furness Railway No. 20 and prepare it for action. Great Eastern Railway royal saloon No. 5 was also in traffic over the weekend so it was given a good vacuuming, a polish of the internal w ..read more
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Monday 18th March 2024
Furness Railway Trust Blog
by neil.smith@furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk
3M ago
It has been another week of steady progress on the overhaul of Great Western Railway 0-6-2T locomotive No. 5643 at Preston. Keith was busy on Wednesday making adjustments to the right hand big end, where unwanted movement of the bearings had been detected during inspection. John Dixon has continued his quest to clean up and paint those areas of the frames not usually visible to the public. Keith has now started to drill out stays on the left hand side of the firebox; his work on the right hand side so far can be seen here with 71 stay holes visible. More horse chestnut leaf patterned moquette ..read more
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