Our volunteers don't just provide the operational staff. There is lots of maintenance and restoration activity also taking place. This is where you can find out about the various things our departments get up on and around the railway. If this has inspired you to join us, then you can find further details here.
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Back to the Future
28th February 2019
Chris Travers from our diesel team writes...
Do you ever get that feeling that your past life has disappeared? Your old school has gone, the then cutting-edge office, factory, workshop or depot, where you spent so many working years, is now just a hole in the ground? That is much how I felt ...Read More
Diesel Fleet Update
12th January 2019
Class 03 119
The locomotive has been dismantled ahead of a planned overhaul; the gearbox from this shunter has been removed and placed into sister 170. As part of the overhaul, the seriously corroded areas of bodywork will be repaired.
Class 03 170
The gearbox from this locomotive has been ...Read More
Steam Fleet Update
23rd December 2018
BR (W) Hall 4953 “Pitchford Hall”
In September 2017, the tender of 4953, which originally remained at North Weald, was moved to join the front half of locomotive at Locomotive Maintenance Services (LMS) at Loughborough. In the last 12 months or so, the chassis has been completed and ...Read More
Santa Special Reflections
31st January 2018
Firstly we owe our regular readers an apology for the recent loss of the Department diary section. You may have noticed our shiny new state of the art web site. It all looked good and mostly worked without a hitch but as with so many new things, when in use a few spanners were found still ...Read More
The life and times of Badger
24th January 2018
Chris Travers writes...
When I was a young train driver, I remember the emergence of strange little ‘on track machines’. These little yellow beasts, sometimes with a trolley attached for small ballast jobs, or may be the type for overhead wiring work with a scissors lift, ...Read More
Diesel Update - November 2017
30th November 2017
North Weald - the New Stratford Depot?
The other day I was looking around North Weald depot and station. Stabled there were a class 37, 20 and 31 locomotives, two class 03 locomitives and a two-car diesel multiple unit. In the shed was a class 47 locomotive and another railcar coach. Just ...Read More