Bookings are now open for ASTT’s Autumn Conference to be held in the Transport Museum meeting room at Bury over the weekend of 29th/30th September – see attached booking form. The programme includes eleven technical talks on a wide variety of steam-related subjects, a steam-hauled ride over the East Lanc Railway in a reserved “conference […]
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It’s gratifying to report that Dave Wardale’s Class 26 4-8-4 “The Red Devil” is once again back on track. On 4th July she moved under her own steam for the first time since August 2004, travelling from Worcester where she was overhauled, some 75 miles south to Cape Town. Her boiler certificate will see her […]
ASTT will hold its annual Autumn Conference over the weekend of 29/30 September 2018 on the theme “Building up Steam for the Future”. The conference will be held once again at the Transport Museum meeting room in Bury, Greater Manchester, Lancashire. Like last year, the conference will combine presentations with an outside excursion – this […]
Roger Waller has successfully completed the commissioning of the oil-firing system that he has installed in tank locomotive No 14A that operates on the Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria, Australia – see http://www.dlm-ag.ch/en/news.
ASTT member Liang Chenyuan has sent us a link to a video of an experiment carried out on steam locomotives in China recently. Chenyuan, who only recently joined ASTT, reports that the experiments were undertaken in 2017 by the Chuntian Company on QJ and SY locomotives owned by the Jitong Railway Company, which involved the […]
Nigel Day has almost completed his 3 year task of restoring the Ravenglass & Eskdale’s 1923-built 2-8-2 “River Esk” following the a disastrous fire in 2013 that caused severe damage to the locomotive. He hopes to start testing the engine over the railway in around two weeks, after next weekend’s naming ceremony for the Ratty’s […]
For the benefit of members who are interested, Mike Horne has prepared some notes (with illustrations) describing the design and build of the Lempor exhaust for S160 locomotive No 5820. His notes are available (to members only for the moment) through the Lempor exhaust for KWVR S160 page.
A new page has been added to the Members section of the website notifying members of the existence of the Bevil’s Lunch Club at which railway enthusiasts and professionals meet every week. Attendance and membership is by invitation only, however its meetings are both informal and highly informative. ASTT members are encouraged to join. The […]
The UK’s new General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018 after which date all organizations including societies and trusts such as ASTT that hold data on their members will have to be compliant. In order to comply with the regulations, ASTT must have written permission from its members – both in […]
Shaun McMahon reports from Argentina that the INTI, the principle science research establishment that Livio Dante Porta was instrumental in setting up, is under threat of complete or partial closure by the Argentine government which has revealed hitherto secret plans to replace it, at least in part, by a private company to concentrate on exports […]
Members are invited to attend ASTT’s AGM on 3rd March 2018. The meeting agenda is now available for download (please click on link). Non-members and guests are also welcome to attend, however they will not have voting rights and may be asked to contribute to the cost of refreshments (which will be free to members). […]
ASTT will hold its 2018 Annual General Meeting in the Bury Transport Museum at Bury, Lancs, on Saturday 3rd March. All members are invited to attend. It is expected that following the AGM, a general meeting will be held for which members are invited to offer presentations on the topic; “If I was Chief Engineer […]