Category Archives: AST News

George Carpenter dies

Radio 4 listeners will have been saddened today (28th Jan 2020) at the news of the death of Nicholas Parsons at the grand age of 96.  By a sad coincidence, Vyvyan Vickers has just reported that George Carpenter died yesterday (27th Jan) also at the age of 96.  Vyvyan reports as follows: “George was born […]

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ASTT assists HRA on Carbon Emissions and Offsets

In response to an August 2019 article in The Railway Hub drawing attention to the threat of a government crackdown on the burning of coal on heritage steam railways, ASTT approached Steve Oates of the Heritage Railway Association (HRA) to offer assistance in preparing a submission to a government inquiry into “carbon offsetting in transport“. […]

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New-Build Steam in China

Our member from China, Liang Chenyuan, reports that steam locomotive construction did not end with the last of the SYs in 1999, but that anyone with enough money can still purchase a brand-new narrow gauge C2 Class 0-8-0 locomotive. He sent the picture below of the most recent version of the diminutive type, built in […]

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ASTT’s 2019 Conference a success

For those who are unaware, ASTT’s 2019 Conference was a great success with 50 in attendance, most of whom can be seen in the above photo, lined up in front of Britannia in Crewe.  10 papers were presented, and an afternoon was spent visiting Locomotive Storage Ltd’s workshops in Crewe (where Britannia was on display). […]

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Porta Papers Volume 2 now on Sale

  ASTT’s publication of Porta Papers Volume 2 is now on sale.   The volume includes three papers by Porta: Adhesion in Advanced Steam Locomotive Engineering Facing the Oil Crisis, 1984 (revised 1986); Fundamentals of the Porta Compounding System for Steam Locomotives, 2000; A Proposal for the Tornado Project, 1992. As a corollary to the Tornado […]

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ASTT’s 2019 AGM

ASTT’s 2019 AGM was held at the Crewe Heritage Centre on 2nd March and was very successful in that almost half the current membership  attended, with some travelling from as far afield as Inverness in the north and Bournemouth in the south.  Three visitors also attended. Those in attendance can be seen in the photo […]

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Porta Papers Volume 1 – now on Sale

Volume 1 of a collection of technical papers by Livio Dante Porta is now available for sale – see the book sales section. This first volume focuses on the tribology and lubrication of valves and pistons, and should be essential reading for everyone involved in new-build steam, and wise reading for anyone who is interested […]

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CO2 Powered “Steam” Locos in China

Last May we passed on news from our Beijing-based member, Liang Chenyuan, who reported that experiments were being conducted in Tianjin and in Inner Mongolia to power to preserved steam locomotives using compressed CO2 gas instead of steam – see https://www.advanced-steam.org/ast-news/news-from-china/. Chenyuan now reports that modification work on Tianjin’s SY1007 is near completion and that […]

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Red Devil Returns to Steam

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 […]

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