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Archive 2016


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Blog and Web-site Update Archive 2016

73082 runs round its train at Sheffield Park - John Sandys - 28 June 2016 28 June


 G1 Live Steam at the 2016 Bluebell Railway Model Railway Weekend 27 June

323 with 4-wheel coaches - Keith Duke - 25 June 2016 Kemp Town in N-gauge - Keith Duke - 25 June 2016

The Atlantic's rolling chassis - Fred Bailey - 9 June 2016 24 June


Newly restored SECR 3188 at Kingscote - Alex Morley - 18 June 2016 20 June
Our newly restored ex-LCDR carriage, SECR No.3188, is now ready for service, as seen in Alex Morley's photo taken on Saturday at Kingscote. Our three restored ex-LCDR carriages and SECR C-class No.592 were all built at the Chatham's Longhedge Works in Battersea, and this formation formed Saturday's special re-launch train for the restoration team, and invited guests.

All three carriages had become grounded bodies in bungalows before rescue and restoration to service by the Bluebell's C&W department. These three will be joined by our restored LBSCR Stroudley First next weekend and the four coaches used on a public services, as an additional shuttle train between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes, for the Model Railway Weekend, the timetable for which is now available.

The carriage, built by the LCDR as a 6-wheeled 5-compartment third in 1897, had been converted by the SECR into a 3-compartment brake vehicle around 1910, and ran until 1935. It was sold to become a grounded body in a bungalow called "The Coaches" at Yarcombe in Devon, from where it was rescued, along with LSWR Saloon No.25, for the Bluebell by Peter Milnes in 2005.

Repro Longhedge Worksplate - Richard Salmon - 11 May 2016 Between 1950 and 1978 the carriages were occupied by Nelson and Gladys Long, and we were pleased to have two of their nieces, Jenny and Mary, and Jenny's husband Diego, with us for the relaunch. The sisters were able to share their memories of visiting their Aunt and Uncle, and hence these two carriages, in the 1950s. Jenny Dal Bello is seen in Richard Salmon's photo below presenting Tony Clements and Dave Clarke with photos, provided by one of their cousins, showing the carriages at Yarcombe in 1977.

The restoration of the carriage, owned by the Bluebell Railway Trust, who paid for the materials used in the work, was led by Tony, and involved around 20 volunteers in the C&W department with a weekend team working on the body, and the midweek metalworking team who shortened the SR van underframe to carry the body. It has been restored to its original form as a 5-compartment third, and thus adds significantly to the seating capacity of our Victorian train.

Dave Clarke provides an album which covers the 5-year restoration of No.3188 in detail, and Alex Morley's album shows more of the special train run yesterday. Jon Bower's photo below shows the restoration team assembled for a group photo, and the following photo, also by Jon, shows the relaunch train passing the bank below the cottages at Horsted Keynes which is currently a mass of ox-eye daises.


Jenny Dal Bello with Tony Clements and Dave Clarke - Richard Salmon - 18 June 2016 3188 restoration team - Jon Bowers - 18 June 2016
Loco and coaches all built at Longhedge, with Ox-eye daises on the approach Leamland Bridge  - Jon Bowers - 18 June 2016

The S15 approaches Kingscote - Richard Salmon - 18 June 2016 Food & Drink Festival 2-3 July at Horsted Keynes - poster by Mike Hopps

C-class passes through Horsted Keynes with goods train - Brian Lacey - 11 June 2016 17 June

73082 near Vaux End - Brian Kidman - 15 June 2016 3188 being prepared for service - Dave Clarke - 5 June 2016

Stepney at South of England Show - 8 June 2016 10 June
Vintage Goods Timetable for 11 June 2016


No.4957 after repaint to Carmine and Cream - Richard Salmon - 4 June 2016 8 June

H-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 8 June 2016 H-class at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 8 June 2016

No.263 at Sheffield Park - Tony Sullivan - 2 June 2016 4 June


Nos. 73082 and 263 pass at Horsted Keynes - Martin Lawrence - 31 May 2016 1 June

H-class at Horsted Keynes with Maunsell Open Third 1336 - Brian Lacey - 28 May 2016 OP4 shed progress at Horsted Keynes - Dave Clarke - 30 May 2016

C and H double head - Derek Hayward - 15 May 2016 31 May

73082 arrives at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 28 May 2016 Elephant Van at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 28 May 2016

C-class at Horsted House Farm - Brian Kidman - 18 May 2016 25 May

E4 at Horsted Keynes during Southern at War - Brian Lacey - 14 May 2016 Sweetheart Swing during Southern at War - Derek Hayward - 15 May 2016 New BRPS Chairman, Graham Aitken - Derek Hayward - 7 May 2016
SECR Locos and carriage at Horsted Keynes during Southern at War - Brian Lacey - 14 May 2016 Spitfire over Horsted Keynes, Southern at War - Derek Hayward - 15 May 2016

323 and B473 at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 11 May 2016 12 May


323 with vintage carriages at Leamland Bridge - Steve Lee - 7 May 2016 11 May

No.1001 at Three Arch Bridge - Derek Hayward - 7 May 2016 Hastings Diesel's railtour - Steve Lee - 7 May 2016

Hastings Diesel's railtour north of Sloop Bridge - Derek Hayward - 7 May 2016 9 May

No.1001 at West Hoathly - Andrew Crampton - 7 May 2016 No.73082 at Leamland Bridge - Steve Lee - 7 May 2016

B473 takes water at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 4 May 2016 6 May


323 with a Bluebell Special at Leamland Bridge - Brian Lacey - 3 May 2016 4 May

Model Railway Weekend Poster - Mike Hopps B473 at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 3 May 2016 OP4 progress - John Sandys - 3 May 2016

Bluebell with a Bluebell Special at East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 27 April 2016 29 April

73082 approaching East Grinstead - Brian Lacey - 27 April 2016 No.323 hauling a lightweight vintage train as the second set - Steve Lee - 24 April 2016

66770 and 73119 on the viaduct - Andrew Wood - 16 April 2016 17 April

09 with Obo and QM - Robert Else - 17 April 2016 Class 20s and 73/9 on shed - Martin Lawrence - 14 April 2016

Q and 73082 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 9 April 2016 13 April

57312 brings the Belmond Northern Belle onto Bluebell metals - Roy Watts - 12 AprilRKB 1566 in the Belmond Northern Belle at Kingscote - Roy Watts - 12 April 2016
Structure and roof over E-road, South end - Dave Clarke - 3 April 2016

Baxter with goods train at West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 2 April 201673082 at Town House Bridge - Peter Edwards - 3 April 2016

E4 with the Milk Train - Steve Lee - 17 March 2016 18 March

Drawing for P-class cylinder block castingsSignwriting on SECR 3188 - Richard Salmon - 12 March 2016

E4 at New Coombe Bridge with GN saloon and edwardian train - Peter Edwards - 13 March 2016 16 March

Trial fit of superheater header - Fred Bailey - 10 March 2016C-class with Edwardian train at Leamand Bridge - Derek Hayward - 28 February 2016

73082 with the special train to celebrate Kingscote signalling commissioning - Tony Sullivan - 3 March 2016 11 March

Kingscote signalling celebration group photo - Mike Hopps - 3 March 2016 Steelwork erected for shed extension at Horsted Keynes - Dave Clarke - 5 March 2016
C-class with goods train - David Long - 27 February 2016

C-class with Goods Train north of Horsted Keynes - John Ede - 27 February 2016 Detail of 73082 including Davies & Metcalfe injector - Peter Wilson - 13 February 2016

C-class with goods train - Alex Fisher - 27 February 2016 3 March

P-class 323 at Sheffield Park - Peter Wilson - 13 February 2016 B473 leaves Horsted Keynes - Richard Salmon - 20 February 2016

27 February

Gordon Owen MVO, our new General Manager 26 February

P-class 323 at Sheffield Park - Peter Wilson - 13 February 2016 No.73082 at Sheffield Park - Peter Wilson - 13 February 2016

E4 takes water at East Grinstead - John Sandys - 18 February 2016 19 February

No.73082 passes West Hoathly - Brian Lacey - 16 February 2016 Diesel Gala Poster - Mike Hopps

B473 at Horsted Keynes - Brian Lacey - 6 February 2016 Camelot at Kingscote - Brian Lacey - 6 February 2016 12 February

Riveting completed below the cab - 84030 Double track on the model railway - Alan Black - 6 February 2016

Q-class with signalling test train at Kingscote - John Sandys - 2 February 2016 4 February

Kingscote Signal Box with nameboard - John Sandys - 2 February 2016 Chassis with connecting rod - Fred Bailey - 17 Dec 2015

1 February
Camelot over the washout pit - Julian Heinemann - 10 January 2016 Rainbow and Camelot - Julian Heinemann - 10 January 2016

New zinc sheeting on platform 2 canopy at Sheffield Park - Martin Lawrence - 29 January 2016 Class 20s on gauging test at Sheffield Park - Martin Lawrence - 1 February 2016

E4 B473 on steam test - John Sandys - 21 January 2016 31 January

Wheelsets from 80151 set off for South Devon Engineering - John Sandys - 14 January 2016 Replacement of old zinc sheeting on canopy at SP - John Sandys - 28 January 2016

L-frame in Kingscote Box - Derek Hayward - 24 January 2016 30 January

Token machines at Kingscote - Derek Hayward - 24 January 2016 Signals at north end of the Loop platform - Derek Hayward - 24 January 2016

Sunrise on goods train on Freshfield Bank - Nick Burgess - 4 January 2016 6 January

2016 Timetable - John Sandys

73082 climbing Freshfield Bank - Andrew Shapland - 29 December 2015 4 January 2016

No.73082 on arrival at East Grinstead - Julian Clark - 31 December 2015 H-class with the Edwardian set at Three Arch Bridge - Steve Lee - 1 January 2016

The Current What's New page contains all the recent update information.

Also see 2015, the 2014, the 2013, the 2012, the 2011, the 2010, the 2009, the 2008, the 2007, the 2006, the 2005, the 2004, the 2003, the 2002, the 2001, the 2000, the 1999 and the 1997-8 "What was new" archive pages.

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