Welcome to the Loco Shed
page of the FSMR site.
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
Shown in the picture above is the
(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
Click the Whistle to hear the sound!!
Click the Whistle above
Featuring the double headed
The first chime heard is the NKP
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