RST – Buffing capability restored

“When you start dismantling an old carriage – especially as old as these Barnums – you never know quite what you will find!” Says Mike Lang, Project leader of the Barnum no.228 rebuild at Ruddington. Classic examples are the reveal of the state of the bogies...

RST – NRM Barnum packaged for Black Friday…

The 37-tonne Barnum carriage, no.666, due to return to NRM hands this week, is now wrapped up and astride the car park at The Heritage Centre at Ruddington where it has been stabled since it arrived in 2009 from Quorn on the Great Central Railway. Once the NRM has...

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...

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...

Barnum Bogies lift off…..for Heavy Overhaul….

They have gone at last! After what seemed an age since first planned at the start of the year, two lifts and two journeys to Burton on Trent to Nemesis Rail have placed the two extracted Barnum bogies firmly in the queue for heavy overhaul, reports RST Trustee Mike...