Welcome to the Loco Shed

page of the FSMR site.

 Page updated 01-01-2009

Below is a view of the August 2007 steam up with 4 of the 6 SMR steam locos in view .


The shed is accessed by the right and left roads, each with their own ashpit and a service / shunt road is sited up the middle.

An electric traverser allows Locomotives to access the various stabling tracks within the shed, and the twin access roads allow considerable flexibility in operations on shed

A high level viewing area is sited to the right of the picture allowing the public to view and film all shed preparation duties


The 5 coal burning steam Locomotives are fired up using diesel soaked kindle wood until a fire is established, when coal is then added. Smokebox draught is applied via the use of compressed air to the blower steam supply, until the loco becomes self sufficient at about 60 psi steam. (The Niagara uses an electric chimney fan instead of compressed air)


Shown in the picture above is the Berkshire being steamed, with compressed air still connected

(The "Nord" which was visiting the SMR for 4 years until Sept 2000 is on the far road)

Locomotives usually take around an hour and a half to steam up from cold, ensuring a gentle warm up, to avoid thermal shock damage to the boiler.


 And of course, the locos need cleaning and polishing before they can be released for service, a job for the young apprentices!

Below is a youtube video of the Berkshire climbing up the steep link line from the engine shed to report for duty




Index of the SMR locomotive fleet

East African Railways and Harbours Tribal 31 class  26-10-2008

New York Chicago and St Louis Berkshire class

New York Central Niagara class

GWR Saint class

LMS Jubilee class

                Curwen Green Atlantic  

Curwen Warship class diesel

Click the Whistle to hear the sound!!

Click the Whistle above

Featuring the double headed Niagara and Berkshire special at Stapleford Steam 99. Pulling an 18 coach train, the locos are heard climbing the bank into the tunnel, and the whistle (chimes) evoke a surreal atmosphere, especially at night as they echo over the fields.

The first chime heard is the NKP Berkshire followed by the leading engine, the NYC Niagara.

We often wonder what the many American Hotel guests think when they hear this  sound on a cold foggy winters night!



Or, if you have broadband, why not check out our locos in action

Online youtube files page