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Locomotive Duty Roster

This roster provides a long-term indication of our planned locomotive usage.

On any particular day there may be unplanned alterations to the roster to suit operational requirements.
Visitors intending to travel to the railway to see a specific locomotive operating are
advised to check the locomotive workings on the day.

Weekly public train information is also available providing details of planned stock usage.

The key to the Locomotive Duties is provided below.

March Loco Roster

Visiting Locomotives:

W24 'Calbourne' - 19 August 2015 - Tim White - by-nc-sa/2.0 30587 Beattie well tank 2006 - photo rights obtained February 2019

Our London & South Western Railway (LSWR) themed Branch Line Weekend on 15-17 March features the two visiting locomotives seen above.

LSWR O2 Class W24 'Calbourne' is visiting us courtesy of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Built in 1891, 'Calbourne' was the first locomotive to be acquired by the IoWSR and is the last survivor of its class.

The photo of W24 (19 August 2015 by Tim White) is reproduced, having been adapted to appropriate sizes, under Creative Commons Licence BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The second visiting locomotive is LSWR Beattie Well Tank 30587, courtesy of the National Railway Museum. It is seen above on a photo charter back in 2006. Designed by W.G. Beattie for suburban duties out of London Waterloo and built in 1874 by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd, the last three of the class long outlived the others by virtue of use on the Bodmin & Wadebridge line, from 1895, until 1962 when one was considered for preservation on the Bluebell, although in the end two, including 30587, were preserved elsewere.

In addition to these two BR-liveried ex-LSWR locomotives, we will have our resident pair of LSWR locomotives on display, Adams Radial Tank 30583 and B4 30096 'Normandy', both specially re-liveried for the event to match the two visitors. The pre-grouping image at the gala is upheld by our three operational South Eastern & Chatham Railway locomotives, and the final planned locomotive is our ever-popular Southern Railway Maunsell Q-class 30541, which has just come to the end of an intermediate mechanical overhaul conducted over the winter.

Operational/Resident Locomotives:

SER 65 SECR P-class No.178 SECR H-class No.263 S15 No.847 SR Q-Class No.30541 Camelot BR 350 HP Shunter D4106

Our South Eastern & Chatham Railway P-Class locomotive No.323 'Bluebell' has sadly been withdrawn from service with immediate effect. For an engine of her size she has worked extremely hard since returning to service in 2011 and now requires a full overhaul before she can steam again. Proving popular amongst our visitors, she has also flown the 'Bluebell' flag, spending time away at other railways too. This does also mean 'Bluebell' will not be appearing at our upcoming Branch Line Weekend as originally planned and we'll release an updated Branch Line Weekend timetable later this week.

Mayflower Notes:

23 March: Due to the incoming Steam Dreams Railtour, expected to be hauled by London & North Eastern Railway B1-class locomotive No.61306 Mayflower, a special timetable will operate on this day, to accomodate both the incoming train's timings, and offer its participants their own reserved Bluebell Railway train.

Locomotive Duties

Times shown are departures from Sheffield Park. Please confirm with the published timetable for actual train times on a particular day.
A    Service 1 and 2 days - works all services
AT   Autumn Tints
BV   Brake van rides
CH   Charter working
CWS  C&W shunt
DG   Demonstration Goods train
EDW  Edwardian Train
EN   Engineering (CE, PW, S&T)
FF   Festive Feast
FSA  Full Steam Ahead (Driving Experience)
FPE  Footplate Extra
FPT  Footplate Taster
GAB  Golden Arrow Breakfast
GAC  Golden Arrow Charter
GAD  Golden Arrow Dining
GAL  Golden Arrow Luncheon
GAM  Golden Arrow Murder Mystery
MC   Mainline Charter
MM   Murder Mystery
O    Observation Car Special
P    Station Pilot
RA   Rail Ale
S    Shunting
SB   Sussex Belle Luncheon
SPL  Special working
ST   Spare on standby
SU   Supper train
VIC  Victorian Train
WR   Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea
WRC  Wealden Rambler Charter
X    (Special service) working unspecified
X    (Santa Special service) works 1st SP train
Y    (Santa Special service) works EG train
Z    (Santa Special service) works 2nd SP train

Although this roster is adhered to whenever possible, circumstances do necessitate some changes at short notice.

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