Cedric Lodge, James Evans and Chris Newman were in attendance to represent the AST Trust at the memorial ceremony for Phil Girdlestone held at Boston Lodge on Saturday 18th May 2017. The event was attended by around 40 people amongst whom were Phil’s elder brother Roland, FR General Manager Paul Lewin, and steam engineers Shaun […]
ASTT held its AGM at the Bury Transport Museum on 4th March 2017. A committee meeting preceeded the AGM which was followed by an afternoon general meeting at which five presentations were made. The 20 ASTT members attending included: John Hind (chairman); Cedric Lodge (secretary); Mike Horne (retiring secretary); Paul Hibberd (treasurer); John Duncan (Committee […]
On Saturday 4/2/17, Jamie Keyte, Mike Horne and John Hind went to the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway to log the smokebox vacuum on S160 5820, a 2-8-0 built by Lima in 1945 for the United States Army Transportation Corps. A Lempor exhaust for 5820 was designed by the Advanced Steam Traction Trust and fitted […]
Phil Girdlestone, who died in South Africa in April 2016, was one of a small band of latter-day engineers who travel the world implementing improvements to steam locomotives based on the preachings of Livio Dante Porta. One of Phil’s last wishes was to have his ashes laid to rest at the Ffestiniog Railway in North […]
Invitations have been sent out to ASTT members to attend the Trust’s 2nd Annual General Meeting to be held in the Meeting Room of the Bury Transport Museum in Bury (Lancashire) at 11:30am on Saturday 4th March. The AGM will be followed by lunch and a General Meeting which will include three technical presentations that […]
As many members will already know, Alan Fozard died last month. Alan was the founder of the 5AT Project and led its planning team through the project’s life from 2001 to 2012. As leader, he masterminded the preparation of the 5AT Feasibility Study, which is now published by the AST Group at his initiative. John […]
A new page has been added under the Technical Menu heading titled “Design for Reliability“. It presents 28 points from a memo by David Wardale dated March 2005 in which he lists the factors that would have enabled the 5AT to offer much higher reliability than “first generation steam” (i.e. historic) designs.
As reported in the News section, AST Newsletter No 3 was distributed on 23rd December. It contains an article describing several changes that have been made to the website. These are summarized as follows: 1 – Members’ Log-in: Members can now log-in to the site to gain access to Members-only sections of the website. […]
Members should by now have received a copy of AST Newsletter No 3 which was distributed by email on 23rd December 2016, a copy of which will be uploaded to this website in due course. In the meantime, any member who has not received a copy is requested to notify the webmaster and request a […]
A link has just been created between AST’s website and its facebook page through which News postings should automatically appear on the facebook page. This feature has only just been installed and has not yet been rigorously tested, so bugs may be found in it.