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Aveling Porter Rail locomotive 9449 "The Blue Circle"

The Blue Circle at Quainton Road in 2001 - Richard Salmon

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

The Blue Circle - Mike Esau 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 initially loaned (in 1997) to a group who owned another similar locomotive, based at Quainton Road, and subsequently sold to them. It then moved on, in 2005, to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway, and in 2007 to the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone. In January 2015 it again moved, this time to the Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway.

The photo, right, (by Mike Esau) shows the loco at the Bluebell, in the old dock at Sheffield Park, prior to restoration.

Wheels: 2-2-0WT(Geared)
Built: 1926, Aveling Porter
Arrived on Bluebell: 23 April 1964
Sold by Bluebell: 2001
Currently located at the Rushden, Higham and Wellingborough Railway

Blue Circle back at the Bluebell, for photo charter - Tony Pearce - 23 June 2004

Above: The Blue Circle at the Bluebell Railway for a photo charter, 23 June 2004. (Tony Pearce)

Below: "The Blue Circle" being admired by the photographer's wife at Sheffield Park, 4 September 1964. (Ben Brooksbank)

The Blue Circle at Sheffield Park - Ben Brooksbank - 4 Sept 1964

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