The Bluebell Standard
News from the Bluebell Railway Standard Class 2 Project - 2002
In Sheffield Park yard. Work is proceeding on parts of the frames.
Her boiler is in the background under the green tarpaulin. The wheels
in front are those of the new Brighton Atlantic's tender.
Photo: Jon Horrocks, 31.03.02.
The view from the other end, showing some of 78059's wheels. The
tank engine behind is P-class 31178.
Photo: Jon Horrocks, 20.07.02.
Progress so far
Work at present is concerned with inspection, refurbishment
and refitting valve gear. New parts are being made for the rear pony
truck and attention is also being given to the frames (chassis) with a view
to putting back the wheels, which have already been repaired and the axles
The frames need to be extended by about 8 feet. This will be made as
a separate unit complete with a rear buffer beam and the assembly welded
to the existing frames by a certified welder. This practice was commonly
used as a method of repair by Britain's railways. Completion of the
new rear pony truck, for which we already have the wheels, axle boxes, springs
and a number of smaller parts, will produce the "rolling chassis".
Work will then concentrate on making the new water tanks, cab and coalbunker.
The last item to be repaired will be the boiler, which preliminary inspections
have shown is very worthy of repair.
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Photos from Jon Horrocks - 2002
This page last updated 8 February 2007 by Richard Salmon (correction, 28 January 2010)
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