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No. 21C123 New Inner Firebox Appeal
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Blackmoor Vale Plate
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To enable No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale to be overhauled and returned to traffic it requires a new inner firebox costing £199,900
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  West Country Inner Firebox

13th October 2017

50 Years Ago – The Last Days of Southern Steam

The pictures below were taken by Geoff Catlin during the last days of Southern Steam.

Credit No.34023 Blackmore Vale - Waterloo
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  This was a  night shot taken at the end of an evening of torrential rail on 24th June 1967.  Was this the final occasion when No.34023 Blackmore Vale worked on the main line?
Credit No.34015 Exmouth Nine Elms Shed
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  Nine Elms Shed – No. 34015 Exmouth stands beside No.34023 Blackmore Vale. The only activity within the shed was on No. 34023. Sunday 9th July 1967.
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No. 34019 Bideford stands behind No.34023 inside Nine Elms on the final day of Southern Steam. Sunday 9th July 1967.

No. 34019 was a major donor of parts to No.34023 Blackmore Vale.

Credit 34002 Salisbury, 34088 213 Squadron and 34013 Axminster Nine Elms
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Nine Elms Shed – L to R No. 34002 Salisbury, No. 34088 213 Squadron and No. 34013 Axminster.
Sunday 9th July 1967.
David Shepherd's paintings of the inside of Nine Elms shed ties in vey nicely with this picture – see below.
Credit David Shepherd Nine Elms Painting
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  David Shepherd's paintings showing No. 34002 Salisbury and, behind it, No .34023 Blackmore Vale.
Credit 34002 Salisbury, 34088 213 Squadron and 34013 Axminster Nine Elms
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No. 34057 Biggin Hil was also on Shed at Nine Elms, parked some distance away from the other unrebuilt pacific's awaiting it's final journey to oblivion. Sunday 9th July 1967

A full account, with a lot more pictures, of Geoff's visit to Nine Elms shed, on Sunday 9th July 1967, can be viewed here: http://svsfilm.com/nineelms/catlin.htm

25th September 2017

David Shepherd 1931 – 2017

Wildlife and railway artist David Shepherd died on 19th September. He was an honorary member of The Bulleid Society and named No. 21C123 in May 1976 and also, after overhaul, on 19th August 2000. In addition there was a display of some of his wildlife paintings at the Bluebell in July 2007 and when he visited he enjoyed a brief footplate ride on No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale at Sheffield Park.

David Shepherd was the one time owner of 9F, No. 92203, which he named Black Prince, and BR standard class 4, No. 75029 both purchased from BR in 1967 from the proceeds of an exhibition of his wildlife paintings in New York. He eventually sold both of these engines, with the 9F now under the ownership of the North Norfolk Railway and the class 4 being owned by the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. He also owned a South African 15F class and Zambian locomotives and was the founder of the East Somerset Railway where his wild life and railway paintings were on display in the station signal box at Cranmore.

Remembered as much for his Wildlife Foundation as for his love of railways, the Foundation set up in 1984 raised £9 million for wildlife conservation projects in Africa and Asia with one of his daughters the chairwoman of the foundation's trustees. Besides Africa, he classed Guildford shed as being one of his favourite places and prints of his paintings of the last days of steam at Nine Elms graced many enthusiasts walls.

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  David Shepherd on the footplate of No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale.   David Shepherd next to No. 21C123 holding his painting of Nine Elms Shed – see previous article.  

15th September 2017

Coach 5768

Further update on the progress of coach 5768.

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  The outer skin has been painted with a brushing filler and awaits rubbing down with an air driven sander prior to the undercoat being applied.
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  New tables being constructed for the compartments.   First class armrests being upholstered.  
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  First class compartment.
Credit 34059 Golden Arrow spacer One of the middle doors in almost complete finish.

19th July 2017

No. 34091 City of Wells

The pictures below were taken during the recent visit of No. 34092 City of Wells to the Bluebell Railway.

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  No. 34092 departing with the 11.10 am from Sheffield Park, Saturday 15th July.
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  No. 34092 with the 1.47 pm ex Horsted Keynes, heading north, Saturday 15th July.
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  No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale alongside No. 34092 City of Wells at Sheffield Park.

19th July 2017

Coach 5768

A further selection of views of the progress on coach 5768.

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  Second class compartment.
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  Second class compartment.
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  Southern route map.
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First class compartment.

  South end WC.  

22nd May 2017

No. 35018 British India Line and No. 35028 Clan Line on Light Test Runs

35018 (21C18) British India Line and 35028 Clan Line were both out on the mainline on Light Test Runs on Thursday 18th May 2017. The first and last Merchant Navys to be modified!

The video below is from khankadet.

9th May 2017

No. 34081 92 Squadron

With the recent re-dedicated of No. 34081 92 Squadron there is at least one Bulleid pacific in traffic in malachite green!

Up to now it has been running without the squadron plaques, but with the re-dedication they have now been fitted; the artwork for these was produced by the Bulleid Society's webmaster and locomotive illustrator Richard Green. Click here and go to the bottom of the page for a closer view of the original and new plaques.

Credit 34081 92 Squadron

6th April 2017

Bluebell Railway 2016/17 500+ CLUB

The 500+ Club is now open for membership. Help with the finance to pay for the repairing of No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair by joining. Click here for details

21st March 2017

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale and No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

A visit to South Devon Railway (Engineering) last Wednesday, and below are a few photographs which show the stack of pressings and completed syphons for No.21C123 and No.34059 plus other Bulleid fireboxes awaiting construction.

Most are identifiable and the old combustion chamber from No.34059 can also be seen together with a new blackhead and crown section. SDR (E) will try and produce a new complete pressings for the combustion chamber area, although it may be in two sections rather than six as at present. Hopefully the new firebox for No.34059 will be placed in the boiler in late May, it will then be returned to the Bluebell.

Credit 34059 Boiler Repair
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Coach 5768

A selection of views of the progress on coach 5768 taken last Sunday.

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  Second class compartment.   First class compartment.  
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  Electrical wiring and switches.  
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  Corridor with painted ceiling.   Door almost completed.  

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