Saturday, 28 August 2010

preparations for weekend of running.

Well today has been another busy day for the BCR. Today the railway station got some new seats and the points were checked and oiled. Also krokodile has got a new driving tender in form of a BR diesel brake tender used to help stop diesels with a heavy train. I hope to have some pics up of this soon . Also Koppel 2 has had its hydraulic test. It also had the steam test but the injector wasn't picking up so a later steam test should be set. It is also hoped to have Jessie complete for the exhibition. These running days will also decide which engine is ENGINE OF THE MONTH. This competition is open to visiting engines and our own fleet of engines. The winner is chosen because it is the engine that has performed the best, being the best all rounder or rescuing a train (but that should never happen hopefully!!!). So which engine will be the winner? Will it the powerful KOPPEL or one the two simple WRENS (as we are having a visiting WREN "NATHAN"). It may be a diesel from Ireland (we hope this comes). find out next week!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

september running

Beamish museum is having a massive event called
With this the BCR has been asked by the museum to running for this event. We will be running from 10:00 to 5:00 on the 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th of September. The museum will have lots of visiting engines and we will too. We will have our own model engineering exhibition where you will see lots of model steam engines. This is where you can also get your tickets for a ride on the railway. We hope to have the rack railway in action (subject to driver availability) but this will not carry passengers.
so why not come down to Beamish museum and travel on the
Beamish Cog Railway.
(Please note that these running times are weather permitting and if a something happens that is beyond our control we may have to stop running for passengers safety.)

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

video's of weekend running

Here is two video's of the weekend running event we had. We hauled around 400 passengers over the weekend ( over the power of the past event we hauled 1700 passengers over four days). We hope to get near that number in September possibly beat it!

WREN crosses the bridge going over the rack railway.

WREN departs dipwood halt with a full train.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Weekend of running on the BCR

Over the weekend the BCR was running for the public alongside the heritage cube exhibition. All the running was done with two locos, Wren and Koppel and was a big success. Here's some photo's of the weekend.


Wren departs the station with clouds of steam.

Picking up speed.

Entering the station.

A view of the two locos that we had in steam.
Koppel and Wren.

Meanwhile in the exhibition the BCR had its own stand
and was very popular with visitors.

The ticket stand where vistors got their tickets.

This photo is actually a accident. How I got the blur effect beats me but shows Koppel at speed (not really at speed) approaching the bridge.

Koppel being prepared to depart the station.

Gathering speed.

Wren sits patiently on the loop in the station waiting to take charge of the train.


Sunday was the better of the two days. Carrying 312 passenger proves that!
Wren approaches the level crossing.

Slowing down for water.

Koppel is turned on the turntable at dipwood halt.

Koppel departs dipwood halt.

Not all of our visitors are human! A grey squirrel helps its self to some bread.
remember we are running on the 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th of September. lots of visiting engines are coming and we will have our own model engineering exhibition. So why not come down to the BCR and experience the magic of steam.