This unique locomotive used to run at the Ashford Steam Centre before it closed down.  It then disappeared for many years, being split into her main components which were kept at different sites around the country.  With the SECR centenary celebrations approaching, a deal was struck to return this lovely engine to working condition on the Bluebell Railway.  Her overhaul was completed in a very short time and she was the undoubted star of the centenary weekend. 

The boiler of 65, with smokebox and chimney attached, at Hope Farm, Sellindge, 25.07.93.
This is a base of Southern Locomotives Ltd.

The wheeled chassis & tender of the locomotive outside Sheffield Park works.

Recently returned to traffic, 65 starred at the SECR 100th anniversary gala. 07.08.99.

Seen here with commemorative headboard waiting to depart Sheffield Park. 07.08.99.

At Kingscote, ready to return south. 07.08.99.

Stabled in Sheffield Park yard. 22.07.00

Drawing her train of vintage carriages into the platform at Sheffield Park. 18.11.00.

Standing at the head of the Golden Arrow at Sheffield Park. November 2000.

Shunting 34059's boiler in Sheffield Park station one morning, January 2001.

Double-heading the 473 'Birch Grove' at Sheffield Park. 31.03.02.

Heading north from Horsted Keynes. 20.07.02.

65 at Sheffield Park during the Branchline Weekend, 23rd February 2003.

65 double-heading with Camelot, August 2003

See also the Bluebell Railway website page for this engine.