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Bluebell Railway Atlantic Group

Brighton Atlantic Funding:
Contrary to what you may have read in the railway press some years ago, fund-raising continues for this project.
We have received significant sums of money as gifts and a legacy, but we are still short
of the final amount needed to complete this project

All your donations, gifts, sponsorships etc. are still needed and are gratefully received by those of
us actively engaged in trying to move this project forward to a successful conclusion. The extra money
now available to the Atlantic project is most welcome, and will expedite the project, not least
because it makes it easier to plan purchases and subcontracted work in a logical order without
short-term concerns about cash-flow, but it is categorically not sufficient to complete the project.


Click here for latest progress - January 2017

Back in October 2000 the Bluebell Railway announced its intention to reconstruct a Brighton H2 Atlantic based on SR/BR period "Beachy Head", the loco that was cut up at Eastleigh just before the Bluebell was formed. This project was no pipe dream. The Bluebell already had a boiler and tender frame and wheels, plus many of the smaller parts. However there remains much to do so if you want to help with skills, services or just money please e-mail David Jones.

Atlantic Beachy Head at Horsted Keynes, February 1957
Brighton Atlantic No.32424 "Beachy Head" at Horsted Keynes with the Locomotive Club of Great Britain "Southern Counties Limited", 24th February 1957

Significant progress to date:

Much more detail of the many smaller steps along the way are detailed in the main project news reports.

Project Funding

A fund raising appeal for the money required to complete the project was launched in 2000, and a combination of gifts made via the Bluebell Railway Trust, and standing orders set up to provide a steady income to the project have provided funding for the present work. However, more is still needed to complete the project, and the best way in which you can help is by setting up a small, regular, standing order to the Bluebell Railway Trust under Gift Aid, since this enables the Trust to reclaim the basic rate tax you have paid, and (if you are a higher rate tax-payer) enables you to reclaim some tax as well.

Would you like to sponsor a specific part of the locomotive? The latest component list is available, from which you can choose a wide variety of important parts of the locomotive. You may prefer to use the combined Sponsorship and GiftAid form available as a pdf.

The appeal leaflet, enabling GiftAid donations and standing orders to be set up is now available as a pdf document for you to download. For further details contact David Jones.

A donation is made to this project when you buy publications from Buggleskelly Books.


Latest progress - Background and early progress

Class: LBSCR H2 Atlantic
Wheels: 4-4-2
Class Introduced: July 1911
Designed: at Brighton by D.E.Marsh, based upon GNR Ivatt drawings, but with larger cylinders and other minor differences
Purpose: To haul trains the 52 miles from London to Brighton in 1 hour.
Total number built: 6
Number and Name: 32424 "Beachy Head"
Built: Original - 1911, Reconstruction - ongoing

Length: 59ft 9in
Weight: Engine 68 Tons 5cwt, Tender 39 Tons 5cwt
Water capacity: 3,500 Gallons
Coal capacity: 4 Tons
Boiler Pressure: 170 lb/sq.in
Driving Wheels: 6ft 7.5in diameter
Cylinders: (2, outside) 21" x 26"
Tractive Effort: 20,841 lbs
BR power classification: 4P


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