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- John Sandys provides the photo on the right showing the SR Maunsell Q-class running round its train at Sheffield Park, yesterday afternoon. More of John's photos from yesterday are available here. That below shows the SECR H-class on the vintage set at Sheffield Park, with our 1880-built LBSCR First No.661 behind the engine.
- On Saturday we have a Brighton Belle Breakfast Pullman Special service, and also the Vintage goods train - the timetable for which is here.
- The following weekend, 8 - 9 August, is our annual Vintage Transport Weekend. Displays of vintage and classic cars, stationary engines, commercial vans, steam road engines, vintage farm tractors, and motorbikes. A 3-train steam-hauled service will operate all day and there will be a BBQ and Real Ale tent in the rally field at Horsted Keynes.
- In the evening on Saturday 8 August Dave Clarke and Richard Salmon will be leading a Horsted Keynes Sidings Tour. This is a rare opportunity to view the carriage stock stored in the sidings at Horsted Keynes. Meet at 5.45pm at the entrance to the Carriage Works on platform 5 at Horsted Keynes.
A donation of £10 is requested (towards Operation Undercover and Maunsell Restaurant Car funds). The tour is expected to take 2 hours; stout footware and a moderate level of fitness is required. Contact Richard Salmon for more information.
We regret that the planned look at the LBSCR Craven and Balloon coach sections sadly will not be possible after all - instead we will plan to go inside one or two of the SR Maunsell coaches stored in the sidings.
- Tony Sullivan's photo below shows P-class "Bluebell" and Fletcher Jennings No.3 "Captain Baxter" at Sheffield Park on Thursday last week, having been prepared for their annual boiler inspections.
- Steve Lee's photo shows the C-class at Horsted Keynes yesterday with the Pullman train, on a wedding special.
- Our Summer Festival is now under way - we have our peak 2-train steam-hauled service daily until the end of August.
Details now available for Thursday's special.
Don't forget it's our Kids for a Quid special offer for Children's Week, Sat 1 - Fri 7 Aug.
- The Locomotive Shed is shown as "closed" due to building work taking place, however some public access is now possible, but restricted to the north end of the shed, so that "Stepney" and a few other engines are on show.
- Derek Hayward's photos below show two of the stalls in the Marquee in the field at Horsted Keynes at last Weekend's Toy and Collectors' Fair.
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- Operation Undercover - Phase 4: Horsted Keynes - Carriage Shed Extension: OP4 News Bulletin No.1 - 24 January 2015
Beyond Phase 3: Above Workshop Facility fit-out - 16 October 2014
- Carriage & Wagon Works News - repair of SR 8-plank wagon No.30004, Overhaul of Bulleid Carriage, No.5768 on the Bulleid Society web site, various photos from Dave Clarke, and an update on the restoration of GWR 5-plank open wagon No.87782 - 19 Nov, 29 Sept, 15 April 2014
- The latest news of the Horsted Keynes Re-signalling - 13 January 2014
- East Grinstead Extension: Steam at East Grinstead proving very popular - Further work to complete the project continues - 8 May 2013 - Main Extension Project page
- Kingscote Goods Yard Project - last update 4 May 2012
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- Brian Lacey's photo on the right shows the C-class No.592 departing from Sheffield Park with Saturday's Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea train.
- Over the coming couple of weeks, from Saturday 25 July to Sunday 9 August, we have our Summer Festival - lots of tours off the railway and events on the railway, with a 2-train steam-hauled service. It includes our Children's Week, Sat 1 - Fri 7 Aug, with the Kids for a Quid special offer.
- Two more photos from The 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society showing 73082 Camelot coming back together.
- An update on restoration progress is available on the Project 27 Blog.
- Brian's photo below shows No.847 waiting to leave Horsted for East Grinstead with the 12:15 from the Park.
- Derek Hayward's photo shows some of the stalls in the Marquee in the field at Horsted Keynes at the Weekend's Toy and Collectors' Fair. More photos are available in Derek's gallery from the weekend.
- Derek Hayward's photo shows the Toy and Collectors' Fair in full swing at Horsted Keynes on Saturday. With Platform 2 back in public service, platforms 4 and 5 contained lots of stalls, along with the marquee and car-boot section in the field. Derek's gallery of photos from the weekend is now available.
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with thanks to Chris Knibbs, showing intended loco usage for the remainder of July (as always, this may be subject to changes without notice).
- We have obtained some "match" funding from a kind sponsor for the proposed the cricket match at the new ground alongside the line. So please help our joint effort with Scaynes Hill Cricket Club to use this event for some fund-raising!
- The Bluebell News Backnumber Service is now the responsibility of The Bluebell Railway Museum. Back issues may be obtained for 50 pence per copy plus postage (except recent issues, which will continue to be sold in the Shop for full price). Please write initially to the Museum Curator at Sheffield Park or e-mail the curator to check availability of particular issues and the total cost.
If anyone has copies of Bluebell News for 2008 to 2012 (and no longer requires them) please consider giving them to the "back issue store". Copies may be left at the Bluebell or Bulleid shops at Sheffield Park.
- Photos of Stowe's new throat-plate on their facebook page.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows 30541 arriving at Horsted Keynes with the 1:30 from Sheffield Park on Saturday. Note the birdcage coach behind the loco, and the LBSCR van No.270 in the goods dock in the background.
- Tony Sullivan's photo shows "Camelot" looking ever more complete in the loco yard last Thursday. The tender has moved up to Horsted Keynes for painting in the Carriage & Wagon paint shop.
- Derek Hayward's photo shows the H-class with the vintage set on Saturday, approaching Kingscote. Derek has added three pages of new photos from Saturday at the start of his 2015 Bluebell Album, showing the four locos in steam, the fantastic flower-beds at Kingscote station, and much more.
- Martin Lawrence has been adding photos to his July Gallery including the Met brake No.387 back on its bogies yesterday, earth-moving in preparation for the OP4 carriage shed extension project, and showing the recent work to lift, renew the drainage and ballast, and reinstate No.22a points at Horsted Keynes.
- This coming weekend is our big Toy & Rail Collectors' Fair on the platforms and in a marquee at Horsted Keynes. In addition there is a car boot sale for railwayana, toys and collectables on the hard standing in the car park between 10am and 4pm each day.
- On Sunday we have our annual Songs of Praise at Kingscote Station - free connecting train service from East Grinstead, Horsted Keynes and Sheffield Park.
- Also on Sunday, for the East Grinstead Lions Donkey Derby, we have our £5 steam travel offer.
- Photos and report on progress towards Camelot's return to service, from their Society Chairman, Peter Gibbs.
- Chris Thomas has posted some photos from the Sunday of the Model Railway weekend on his website. At the bottom of the same page is a collection of photos from the Extension 1st anniversary gala in March 2014, which may also be of interest.
- With the recent news that U-class No.1638 has been withdrawn from service after nearly 10 years, Nick Dearden has put together a short video compilation to commemorate the years of sterling service put in by this locomotive.
- The Bluebell was a winner in the inaugural Lewes and Wealden Business Awards announced on 19 June 2015. The purpose of the awards, sponsored by Rix and Kay solicitors, is to offer formal recognition of business excellence, providing a much-needed boost to the business community in the area. There were 16 categories of awards including one for Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure, where the Bluebell Railway was a joint winner along with Pelham House Hotel.
- On Saturday our twinned Dutch railway, Museum Stoomtram Hoorn Medemblik, were asked to come to the rescue of a EMU stranded when a lorry brought down the overhead on a single line section of the line between Hoorn and Enkhuizen. So they did - with steam!
- Apologies that the goods train didn't in the end run on Saturday. The S15 just made it to Horsted Keynes with the first service train, where it was failed due to excessive priming (foam in the boiler carrying water over into the superheater and cylinders), so the C-class was taken off the goods to haul (the shortenned) passenger train up to East Grinstead. With the H-class following on the vintage set, the Q-class then took over on the following round trip with set A. The S15 was tested again later in the day, running in tandem with the C-class on the Wealden Rambler, as seen in Derek Hayward's photo below.
- Kieran Hardy's photo below shows the Q-class at Kingscote on Saturday 4 July with the vintage set.
- Paul Furlong's photo from Tuesday shows the Q-class No.30541 approaching Horsted Keynes.
- In the light of the decision to withdraw U-class No.1638, Derek Hayward has updated his gallery for the locomotive, where 170 images now cover the entire period of service from February 2006 to July 2015 (in random order).
- We currently have a vacancy for a Kitchen Porter.
- Peter Gibbs from The 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society provide four photos, and accompanying report, on progress with their locomotive, which is now being worked on in the (closed) locomotive shed, whilst the Loco Works is being re-clad. Stephen Desmond, who lives in New Zealand, looks after their website, which is worth a look to find out more about the Locomotive and the Society.
- This Saturday morning we have a Goods Train running, to the timetable shown on the left. The plan is to use the SECR C-class goods locomotive, which will be hauling the Wealden Rambler Afternoon Tea Train later in the day.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows Baxter leading (with the H following on behind the LNWR Observation Car) on the special additional shuttle near Ketches Halt on 27 June.
- Tom James' photo below shows the state, as of Sunday, of the work to re-clad and re-roof the locomotive works. The upgraded building will be a lot easier to heat in the winter! Thinvestment in improving and upgrading our facilities is being funded by a grant from The Bluebell Railway Trust, made possible by bequests left to the Trust last year.
- Brian Lacey's portrait of U-class No.1638 at East Grinstead on 30 May serves to illustrate the locomotive as it comes to the end of a very good nine-and-a-half years, during which it bore the brunt of our front-line services. With several relatively minor faults and a hydraulic boiler test required if repairs were carried out, it's been decided, rather than committing workshop time and money to gain just a few months extra on its boiler certificate, that it would to more sensible to use those resources in expediting the current overhaul of 'Camelot'.
- Great set of photos from Dan Green, taken on Saturday, featuring the Q, S15 and C-class locomotives.
- Update to web page for Stepney, and pages for operational and static-displayed locomotives
- The Maunsell Q-class makes a fine sight with the Southern set at Three Arch Bridge on 27 June, in Phil Horscroft's photo below.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows the Q-class at East Grinstead yesterday, with Bulleid Brake No.2526.
- Derek Hayward's photo, from the Saturday of the Model Railway Weekend, shows the S15 on the Bulleid/Mk.1 set, leaving Sheffield Park.
- Kieran Hardy has a gallery of photos from Saturday, showing the S15, Q and C-class locomotives in action.
- Martin Lawrence provides a short video of a Sentinel steam wagon at Sheffield Park yesterday, and has made a start on his July gallery, including showing the new tables and chairs outside the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park station.
- Entry forms are now available for the annual fund-raising Football Competition - you do not need to know anything about football to enter - just try to predict the Championship or FA Cup Final results! There's also an update to the web page showing the funds raised over previous years by these Football Competitions.
- The Watercress Line is the only preserved line to be a finalist in the Best Heritage Project category of the current National Lottery Awards and wishes to send a clear message as to how much we all value the National Lottery sponsored apprenticeship schemes for the future. It is in all of our interests to support this, so please do take a look at their entry, and offer your support if you wish.
- Gas main works on the A22 at the London Road/Imberhorne Lane junction are finishing, but next week work is due to start on installing a new water main in Imberhorne Lane, which will result in further delays on the roads in the area at times over the summer, including a partial one-way system in Imberhorne Lane on some occasions.
- Three photos below, from Mike Hopps, taken during the filming of the Mercedes-Benz promotional video, illustrate the work of the Bluebell's recently-formed filming coordination team, which is led by Tim Parkin.
- So this is what we have been doing all last week for Mercedes-Benz & Samuelson Wylie Associates as part of last week's Mercedes-Benz "Goodwood Festival of Speed" experience, which enabled journalists and writers from all over the world to travel in this "smart forrail" last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Bluebell.
A great Promotional Video was shot on the railway on Monday 22 June, and is now available. More information is provided in the official Mercedes-Benz Press Release, and our own.
We're already getting some great coverage, from all over the world!
- Update to the Locomotive Duty Roster, with thanks to Chris Knibbs, showing intended loco usage for July (as always, this may be subject to changes without notice).
- The next Demonstration Goods Train is on the morning of Saturday 11 July, and will hauled by SECR C-class 0-6-0 No.592.
- Latest newsletter now available from the BR Standard 2 tank No.84030 project.
- Update and photos on the overhaul of SR Schools Class No.928 "Stowe".
- Update on BR 5MT No.73082 "Camelot"
- Gabriel Phillips' time-lapse video from Sunday on the gate at East Grinstead.
- Steve Lee's photos from Saturday show the 1.30pm service approaching Kingscote behind the Q-class, and Baxter leading the Observation Car shuttle South from Horsted Keynes. This shuttle service, topped-and-tailed with the H-class so that it could achieve a quick turn-round at Horsted Keynes, and thus fit in a return journey from Sheffield Park between each service train, was very well patronised, and provided significant extra capacity and flexibility for those visiting the model railway weekend, which was focussed on Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes.
- Richard Salmon's photo on the right shows the layouts in Loco Works over the weekend.
- Derek Hayward has a gallery featuring images from the Model Railway Weekend.
- Martin Lawrence has also added some photos to his June gallery to include his adventures around the railway this weekend, featuring a walk under a U and a P, and preparations in hand for re-cladding the loco workshop at Sheffield Park.
- The re-cladding the loco works will necessitate access to the loco shed being restricted for several weeks.
- We are reluctantly now stopping our recycling scheme for mobiles, printer cartridges, etc, which has been used as a fund-raising opportunity. This is because the amount paid for such items has recently fallen, such that an estate-car load only raises a few pounds, and so the volunteer effort and storage space required is no longer an effective use of our resources. We thank Phil Jemmison for having initiated and run the scheme for the last 5 years.
- During June 2015 there were 56,626 total hits on this page, from 33,165 unique visitors.
- Derek Hayward's photo below shows an item of Southern interest on the Bachmann stand at the show - the ex-SR Van 'U' (CCT). That from Richard Salmon shows Oxford Rail's Engineering Prototype of their Adams Radial Tank. Amongst their plans is a limited edition of just 55 models of our own No.488 as preserved, which will be available exclusively though our own shop.
- Over the coming Model Railway Weekend we have not just our own full-size steam, but also P4 and N, 00, 0 and Gauge 1, including live steam models. Over 100 layouts and traders.
- The photo on the right shows a "Fenchurch" diorama prepared for the Project 27 display upstairs in the Bessemer Arms at Sheffield Park. The display in the Birch Grove Suite will include a selection of Bluebell and other locomotive models; a selection of P-tanks in various liveries, Terriers also in various liveries, a couple of 009 gauge layouts plus a few dioramas. Hopefully there will also be a display of some of the parts removed from the loco for restoration, and a few new parts that have been made for No.27.
An update on restoration progress is also available on the Project 27 Blog.
- There will be layouts and sales stands all over the railway. Visit the locomotive works at Sheffield Park for Gauge 1 including live steam, Thornbury Hill 00, and other layouts and traders, with additional traders on the platforms and in the Birch Grove Suite.
At Horsted Keynes the Carriage and Wagon Works will feature more layouts and traders, including the first showing of the new P4 layout Plumpton Green, and many other layouts. More traders and layouts will be located on the platforms and in the waiting rooms.
- See the 23 June entry below for details of our train timetable over the weekend.
- On Sunday there will be a sales stall at the Atlantic House, with a chance to view work in progress. After that, the next open days for the Brighton Atlantic project will be over Giants of Steam.
- Brian Lacey's photos below from last Saturday show Baxter in steam at Sheffield Park, and the Q-class arriving at East Grinstead with the Vintage set.
- Brian Lacey's photos above show the Q-class with the GNR Directors' Saloon in tow, on Saturday, together with another view of "Stepney" within the loco shed at Sheffield Park - the loco shed is open daily (except Christmas Day).
- This coming weekend we have our annual Model Railway event. The timetable is available here - in addition to our normal two service trains there is an additional shuttle between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes, with limited seating capacity, formed of our LNWR Observation Car. (Note, on Sunday, the "GL" Golden Arrow Luncheon train is for pre-booked passengers only). We hope to have more details of the layouts soon.
- More of Peter Gibbs' photos showing the latest progress with Camelot's overhaul.
- The photos below are also from Brian Lacey, from Saturday, and show the S15 on arrival at Sheffield Park with the 1.15pm train from East Grinstead, and one of the resident Horsted Keynes train spotters.
- Brian Lacey's photo on the right shows C-class arriving at Horsted Keynes last Saturday; that below shows the S15 there also.
- As you may have gathered from the photos of the Q-class running this week, it's been "all-change" compared to the planned loco roster, thanks to the Q being available. An updated Locomotive Duty Roster, reflecting the current expectation for the rest of the month is now available.
- Reminder that tomorrow, Sunday 21 June, is the annual BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride, which runs down from The Duke's Head roundabout, via Crawley Down and Ardingly, with some roads being one-way for part of the day. Approaching the railway by road from the West, particularly towards Horsted Keynes, will need careful planning.
- Photos from last weekend's Open Days in the Atlantic House added to the Brighton Atlantic project news page. Fred Bailey's photo below illustrates the great progress which was on show.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the Q-class arriving at East Grinstead with the first service of the day today.
- The selection of beer for is Friday's Rail Ale evening train is:
On train: Dark Star (W Sussex) - Hophead
Dark Star - Partridge Best Bitter
Dark Star - Sunburst
At Sheffield Park: Joseph Holt (Manchester) - Two Hoots
Westerham Brewery - Hop Rocket
At Horsted Keynes: Lacons (Gt. Yarmouth) - Falcon Ale
Adnams (Southwold) - Jester
1648 (E Hoathly) - Signature
The last few tickets are still available at £34.50, which includes the steam train ride, a sausage & mash meal, live Jazz and first pint free; subsequent pints (or glasses of wine) are £2.50. Details here.
- three further photos from The 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society showing progress on the locomotive as of the weekend.
- John Sandys' photos from yesterday, with the Q-class running well.
- Keith Duke took a few pictures after carriage cleaning on Monday, showing the Q getting ready to head out with the 1.30 service, views around the shed, and the resident house martins.
- The photos below are also from Brian Lacey, from Saturday, and show the S15 with Baxter at Sheffield Park, and Stepney now on display in the shed at Sheffield Park.
- Brian Lacey's photo shows the current state of the Atlantic during the last weekend's open days.
- Martin Lawrence has also added pictures of the Brighton Atlantic open day and progress on the Elephant van and other coaches, and of the Rover car enthusiasts meeting at Horsted Keynes to his June Gallery.
- Clive Emsley has updated the weekly Project 27 Blog. There are a few notes and pictures of what is going on with the project.
- Following on from the glimpse seen in their video of the running sample of the Adams Radial Tank, last week, Hornby have today announced their plans to release models of the SR 58-foot rebuilds of 48-foot LSWR carriages, such as our own No.320.
- Pullman Car "Lilian" represented the Bluebell at our stand at the South of England Show at Ardingly at the end of last week, as seen in Rob Langham's photo.
- The three photos below are also from Brian Lacey, from Saturday, and show the C-class at East Grinstead, the S15 at Horsted Keynes, and other locos on shed.
- S15 No.847 has been in charge of the trains this week, and is seen arriving at East Grinstead with the 1.30pm service from Sheffield Park on Wednesday in Brian Lacey's photo. It's possible the Q-class will be used next week (starting on Monday).
- A Smartphone App has been developed to allow visitors to gain more information about items in our Museum at Sheffield Park. The App makes use of a special WiFi system system installed in the Museum.
- Gas main works are starting on Monday 15 June, lasting a few weeks, on the A22 at the junction of London Road and Imberhorne Lane at Felbridge, just north of East Grinstead. Previous roadworks at this location have caused significant and lengthy delays, so please bear this in mind if travelling to the railway from this direction.
- Five new photos from The 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society showing the tender returned from having its tyres turned at Ashford, and progress on the locomotive itself.
- John Sandys provides a few photos from Tuesday.
- Martin Lawrence provides this photo showing Stepney in the sunshine on Sunday; his other photos are in his June gallery, showing more detail of the engine, with Captain Baxter. As also shown in the gallery, Stepney is now on public display in the Locomotive Shed at Sheffield Park.
- Atlantic House 2015 Open Weekend this coming weekend, 13-14 June, 10.30am to 4.30pm
Construction of our new Brighton Atlantic locomotive on view, with group members on hand to explain/discuss the project
Sales stand - lots of bargains
Auction Sunday 2.45pm (viewing from Saturday morning).
Items include: Full-size replica brass 9017 Cabside plate - Original LNWR Framed hand coloured drawing of Webb Compound (1889) - 2 original Matthew Cousins paintings
Further details here.
- 20 years of electronic "News from the Bluebell"
The first Internet News Update from the Bluebell, using e-mail and "usenet" discussion groups, and later posted on our web site, was distributed by Richard Salmon, with loco news provided by Martin Nichols and encouragement from Malcolm Roe, in June 1995. This basic service, initially intended for BRPS members and enthusiasts, lasted over a decade until superseded by more regular news updates on this Blog/What's New page, and now also our more recent E-newsletter. The news archive is still available online, and the first edition makes for an interesting comparison both in style and content with the current service - back then e-mail was relatively new, and "plain text" was the only option.
- The two photos below by Brian Lacey, from Saturday, show the U-class ready to depart from Sheffield Park, and the C-class arriving at Horsted Keynes.
- Last year Derek Hayward took 20 images in the private garden of Barcombe Station (with permission). We now have permission from the occupier for them to be made available for public display, and hence Derek's Barcombe Station collection has been augmented, including the photo on the right. The full range of galleries along the closed (and open) sections of our line can be found from Derek's Photographic Tours index. Please note that this is private property. Image taken by arrangement with the Bluebell Railway and displayed with the consent of the occupier.
- The work on our Elephant Van, No.4601, being funded by a grant from the Arts Council Museum Resilience Fund, is now covered on this new page, created by Nick Beck with a report from Sheina Foulkes covering the work carried out to date, illustrated by photographs from Martin Lawrence.
- Reminder that The South of England Show at Ardingly started today, running through to Saturday, so traffic in that area to the west of Horsted Keynes will be heavy. Also the following Sunday, 21 June, is the London to Brighton Bike Ride, using that same road, so approaching the railway by road from the West, again particularly towards Horsted Keynes, will need careful planning.
- The first photo below, by Anthony Morris, is a charming portrait of his daughter Sophie making use of our historic public telephone.
- Brian Lacey's two photos then show the E4 with Saturday's wedding special, and the Spitfire which flew high over Sheffield Park the same day.
- John Sandys has photos from a very wet & windy day at the railway on Tuesday, and a rather better Thursday, which includes this photo of "Stepney", as repainted into its original Stroudley colours.
- On Sunday 7th June our 1875-built Terrier "Stepney" will be showing off its new coat of Stroudley Golden Ochre paint at Sheffield Park Station. Stepney was the Bluebell Railway's first engine, arriving in May 1960.
Members of our Stepney Club will be on hand on the platform to talk to visitors about Stepney. We are also running our "Kids for a Quid" special offer that day. Further details here. Although initially advertised to take place at Horsted Keynes Station, the event will now take place at Sheffield Park Station.
- Photo report: On Friday 29th May representatives from the Southern Electric Traction Group visited Bombardier's Ilford Carriage Works to assess progress on the restoration of the Bluebell Railway's unique 4VEP EMU No.3417.
- Article in East Grinstead Courier about a new children's book about the Bluebell. The picture book, A Tale Of The Bluebell Railway, is written by East Grinstead resident Valerie Stothard and illustrated by local artist Sheila Hay, and is available from our shop.
- Final results are now available for the Football Competition. The Winners' cheques and entry forms for the 15/16 competition will be issued shortly.
This year's competition raised £235.50 towards the restoration of Maunsell Restaurant Car No.7864. Many thanks to everyone who has entered and congratulations to the winners, including those who picked Arsenal in the FA Cup. Your support of the competition is greatly appreciated.
- We are currently advertising a vacancy for the role of Safety Manager. The vacancy for Locomotive Workshop Manager also remains open at present.
- Brian Lacey's photo below shows the U-class No.1638 arriving at East Grinstead with the service train on Wednesday. The Locomotive Duty Roster has been updated to reflect the replacement of the Q-class with the U this week.
- Tony Sullivan's photo shows Standard Tank No.80151 in the shed next to "Captain Baxter" yesterday. The onging preparations for the overhaul of 80151 have reached the stage where they are starting to be visible. New steel tyres are already in stock at the South Devon Railway's workshop (where Camelot's wheels were also retyred).
- Three photos from Brian Lacey from Saturday, here showing the C-class and LSWR Brake Third 1520 at West Hoathly, and below "Captain Baxter" with its goods train, and the S15 with the other service train that day. The C-class had replaced the Q after its first round-trip. Baxter's train consisted of two LBSCR and two SECR goods vehicles, plus the SR pill-box brake van. The return to service of the Bluebell's SECR dance-hall is considered a high priority by the C&W, with suitable replacement wheelsets being investigated, to complete the pre-grouping goods train. SECR 7-plank No.16194 is the department's current wagon overhaul project, and the SECR box-van will receive attention, once the re-trimmed seating stored in it is installed in the Bulleid composite coach.
- We are pleased to have been awarded another Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, thanks to the great reviews we've received from our visitors.
- The latest issue of the Bluebell's "Safety News" is available to download via the Society Members' information area of the web site.
- During May 2015 there were 62,867 total hits on this page, from 35,438 unique visitors.
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