Monday 12th September 2022

Ade leans out of No.19's cab as it heads away from Riverside station on Saturday, 10th September 2022This last Saturday saw the Furness Railway Trust shed open to the public as part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme. We were delighted to welcome so many visitors and Tim admitted to having to keep up his tea uptake in order to avoid a dry throat during his many guided tours around the shed. The work on restoring GWR ‘Hall’ class 4-6-0 Wootton Hall and the overhaul of Great Eastern Railway Royal Saloon No. 5  proved to be of particular interest and it is to be hoped that some of the visitors will become members to support this work. Outside the shed Ade was driving recently restored Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway ‘Pug’ 0-4-0ST No. 19 of 1910, courtesy of the L&Y Trust. At the other end of the trains was the FRT’s very own Furness Railway No. 20 with Alan and Sam Middleton on the footplate – not often you get locomotives with sequential numbers powering a train!

This video which was sent to us shows both Nos 19 and 20 in action – and also what was on show inside the shed, as well as a look round the RSR Museum and the operation of the swingbridge over Preston docks.

Another reminder now to members that this year’s AGM will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday, 13th September, in the Furness Railway Trust shed at Preston at 7.30 pm. Alison is planning the post meeting refreshments so we hope that as many as possible of you will be able to attend.