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Aveling Porter Rail locomotive 9449 "Blue Circle"


Blue Circle

Blue Circle at Quainton Road in June 2001 (Richard Salmon)

Blue Circle Wheels: 2-2-0WT(Geared)
Built: 1926, Aveling Porter
Arrived on Bluebell: 23 April 1964
Sold by Bluebell: 2001
Currently located at the Battlefield Line

Aveling Porter were well known for their road-going steam engines. They also built a few railway locomotives, and most of those surviving are 0-4-0s. This example formerly operated at Snodland Cement Works, and was presented to the Bluebell in 1964 by its owners, Associated Portland Cement. Finally restored to working order after many years of inactivity, it was not a locomotive which really fitted any niche on the Bluebell Railway, so was placed on loan in the care of a group who owned another similar locomotive, and was sold to them in 2001. It then moved on, in 2005, to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, and is now at the Battlefield Line. The photo, right, (by Mike Esau) shows the loco at the Bluebell, in the old dock at Sheffield Park, prior to restoration.

Blue Circle returns for photo charter

Blue Circle at the Bluebell Railway, 23 June 2004. (Tony Pearce)

Photos from the photographic evening on 23rd June 2004, when the locomotive returned for a short visit to the Bluebell Railway:

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