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The Bluebell Railway's 2006

BRANCH LINE WEEKEND

was on Sat 25 & Sun 26 February

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The weekend featured a busy and varied timetable of Vintage Branch Line Trains with departures both days at roughly 35-40 minute intervals, excepting a period on Saturday lunchtime when a failure of a signal-detection circuit prevented the trains running on the southern section for a period, since no token could be withdrawn in the signal boxes.

An early morning Breakfast Train ran each day.

Featuring the return of the U, as Southern Railway U-class No.1638 makes its gala debut. This locomotive, which last ran 42 years ago, will be hauling a set of matching coaches - a 1930s' period-piece.

With guest locomotive: LMS Ivatt Class 2 Tank No.41312, which is normally based at the Mid Hants Railway and is on hire to the Bluebell only until 28 February 2006.

The full locomotive line-up was:


U-class 1638 41312 GWR Dukedog SER 65 Stepney Normandy

1638  relaunch 18 Feb 2006 - Andrew Strongitharm

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Coaching Stock used over the weekend:


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