News

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Barnum bogies outed! – classic team success

A massive collaborative effort, under the direction of Trustee Mike Lang, means RST has done it at last. Removing the two bogies – each weighing over 7 ½ tons – from beneath the jacked up body of Barnum no.228 at the Heritage Centre at Ruddington. This was finally...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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