Frame damage slows Barnum rebuild …….

Now with the underside fully accessible the extent of the damage to the buffer support and drag box, without any doubt caused by excessively heavy shunting, has been discovered to be much greater than previously realised. The headstock is damaged, causing misalignment during attempts to reinstall the buffer shanks. “Further back, the steel drag box…

Barnum pipe runs laced up……

Thanks enormously to the expertise and determined work of Richard Clarke, the vacuum and steam heat pipes have been reinstalled and coupled up on the Ruddington-based Barnum no.228. Removal of the two bogies to Nemesis Rail for heavy overhaul has provided one advantage most certainly not to be missed, as this gave about the only…

HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, visits Nunckley Hill and learns of the meticulous restoration of 946. Here’s some more photos from the day!

The Duke of Gloucester takes time to visit us at the multi award winning Heritage Centre where our meticulously restored Victorian carriage, No.946 resides.  Here’s some more photos from the day where he learns of our work and the tragic Quintinshill disaster.. The Duke of Gloucester learns of the disaster at Quintinshill 1915 and the…

Royal Review at Nunckley Hill…..

The Court Circular for Thursday 24 July announced that HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester, had visited the Nunckley Hill and Rothley Community Centre. That bald statement covered the massive event of the year at the end of the Mountsorrel branch for Director Steve Cramp and his organising team when the Duke, with the newly…

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…