NRM came and went….

A somewhat unexpected event was the arrival on site at Ruddington of an inspecting delegation from the Science Museum and its subsidiary the National Railway Museum. The objective was to inspect the NRM Barnum, stabled at the Heritage Centre and to start the discussion regarding its future. With the methodical progress on the Trust’s first…

Critically vital Barnum Bogie roll….

Glorious First of June. And a major step forward – step? Well very much more than just one….! Thanks to the excellently co-ordinated Yard work led by GCRN’s Mike Fairburn and Dave Morris, the first of the two bogies of Barnum no.228, under the singular leadership of Trustee Mike Lang and two RST stalwarts, Keith…

We wanted Brass taps – but then…..

A tale of the unexpected…..! That specialist period sanitary ware and collector of fittings and etceteras from way back, with fascinating catalogues going back into the late 1800s when lavatories were being incorporated into passenger carriages (so that compulsory comfort stops were avoided – so speeding train journeys), our friend Simon Kirby produced for us…

Treasures abound ….

It’s the same on every heritage railway. We have all seen it! There is a need to find space for the gleanings of enthusiasts for treasures – all sorts of kit going for a song, that might be useful! There is no difference at Ruddington – but every minute secure and undercover space is invaluable…

Vacuum brake cylinders – bulk purchase?

As the work progresses on the underframe and running gear – especially as there is quite a lot of missing kit on Barnum no.228 at Ruddington – the search is on for metalworkers to produce the brake actuation rodding and hangers, then to seek suppliers of dynamo and vacuum brake cylinders. The safety-critical brake cylinders…

Barnum Bogies out – and rolling….!

Hot off the Press – the latest from Ruddington – and the Rolling Stock Trust….. In a supreme effort of concentration, and thanks to the loan of jacks and stands from RVP, our Barnum no.228, at the Ruddington Heritage Centre, has been lifted sufficiently to enable the two bogies to be extracted, out each end.…

Sponsorship – Yes Please!

We need all the funding help that you can spare! As the Barnum rebuild gathers momentum, yes please(!), your interest in sponsoring its determined return to operational passenger service will be so encouraged! We are grateful for the offers to help fund the new oil pads required for each of the 8 axle boxes –…

Taking the Barnums to the Flicks!

We are looking for help in begging, borrowing, stealing from anywhere and anyone who has – any and every movie clip of the stately Barnums at work during their short lives with GCR, LNER or British Rail – that is from 1910 to the 1950s. And permission to publish, of course. We are making a…

Well it must move…..easily

Part of the preparation to move the Barnum carriage at Ruddington is to top up the oil in the axle boxes to ensure that each wheel set turns easily when the time comes for its first vital shunt since arrival 20 years ago, across to the other side of the Engineering shed. There it will…