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Category Archives: AST News
A new “Newsletter” webpage has been created to allow ASTT members to access past Newsletters and future Bulletins. It includes links to Newsletters Nos 1 and 2 which have long-since been published in the News section of the site. A link to Newsletter No 3 (issued December 2016) has now been added. Access to the […]
“The Red Devil and Other Tales from the Age of Steam” is no longer available for sale. We regret to advise that David Wardale’s iconic book “The Red Devil and Other Tales from the Age of Steam“ is no longer available for sale through ASTT.
Planning is underway for ASTT’s autumn conference which will be held at the Bury Transport Museum in Bury, Greater Manchester from Saturday 30th Sept to Sunday 1st October. The theme of the conference will be “Building a future for the Steam Locomotive” and its focus will be on new-build steam and technological developments relating to […]
ASTT will be hosting a workshop/seminar on the topic “Securing Steam’s Future on Network Rail” at the University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, starting at 9:30am on Wednesday 10th May 2017. Attendance will be limited to ASTT members and invited guests. Invitations were sent out on 9th April, so any member who […]
The five presentations given at AST’s General Meeting at Bury on 4th March are now available on the Bury Presentations page of this website. Members who couldn’t attend the meeting now have a chance to see and hear the excellent presentations given by our five speakers. The page is password protected, the password being available […]
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 […]