Category Archives: AST News

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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2019 Conference Plans

ASTT has begun planning for its annual Autumn Conference which will be held in Crewe over the weekend of 5th-6th October.  Five speakers have already accepted invitations to present papers at the event, and a tour of Locomotive Storage Ltd’s workshops is planned. Details of current plans can be found on the Conference page which […]

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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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ASTT 2018 Autumn Conference – Advanced Notice

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 […]

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News from China ….

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 […]

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