THE ROYAL DEESIDE RAILWAY
(Latest News & Pictures By Bill Reid)
Somewhere in darkest Deeside (Aberdeen) work continues on the preservation of Ex Aberdeen Power Station locomotive "Bon-Accord" and two GNSR coaches.
On Tuesday 11th of September I was lucky enough to be invited to their workshop and view the work. It was a very enjoyable visit.
3rd CLASS COACH
A classic Great North Of Scotland Railway (GNSR) wooden 3rd Class coach starts to come back to life
STAFF AT WORK
Sanding a panal from Bon-Accord ready for painting
Another panal recieves a bit of attention from a blow torch
Pipe Cutting Machine Ground Frame Levers
Batteries from Ex Kittybrewster Battery Unit that ran between Aberdeen and Ballater. The unit should be up and running
Ex Caledonian Railway Lampposts soon to be seen in Ex GNSR territory
GNSR LUGGAGE VAN
This van is being produced from two such vans. The original body was destroyed in a fire and a replacement body is bing fitted to the bogie.
Work is making good progress.
The back end is complete and ready for repanaling
Thanks to work going on inside, the light shows up the guard's side window
The interior too is making progress and looks quite smart
The two side openings at the far ends are for pets, which can be loaded in through the doors into kennels
BON-ACCORD, like a jigsaw puzzle, starts to take shape
Brand new boiler and parts make the loco look very solid
The excellerator and handbrake are in place
A new firebox door is in place. The lever on the left is the reversing gear
The Smokebox and Smokebox door. How long before someone has to clean the ashes out of this
chamber. The door needs to be a firm fit as the pressure inside draws the fire and forces the
exhauste up through the chimney
The 'Saddle' type water tank, which is completely new, apart from the handrails. The Steam dome and Saftey valve caps are fitted
The cab looks rather small and cramped, which it was
Driving Wheel, Piston Rod and Brake Gear. Proving that you need to be able to stop before you get going!
Bon-Accord's Chimney looks neat and trim. The Top Hat of the Loco World
Bon-Accord's nameplate awaits fitting. The next time I see it, and Bon-Accord they should be running on the
Deeside line at Milton Of Crathes in all it's glory
My thanks to Royal Deeside Railway member, David Allan for inviting me to their work shops and allowing me to take pictures
Contact: Bill Reid firstname.lastname@example.org
Royal Deeside Railway web site at: http://www.deeside-railway.co.uk/
Bon-Accord Official Web Site: http://www.bon-accord.org.uk/