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BLUEBELL RAILWAY 2015/16 500+ CLUB
34059 FIREBOX RESCUE APPEAL

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The 500+ Club is NOW OPEN for membership.
Help with the finance to pay for the repainting of
No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair by joining.

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Membership closes 25th of March 2016
  34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

BLACKMOOR VALE – INNER FIREBOX APPEAL
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An appeal has been set up to raise funds for a new Inner firebox for 21C123 Blackmoor Vale which is required to enable it to return to traffic.
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Full details here

26th January 2015

Tony Deller No.34059  
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  Tony at the controls of No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Tony Deller, C.Eng, M.i.Mech.Eng

Tony Deller, the Bulleid Society's Technical Advisor, has sadly died at the age of seventy five.

When Tony could not get to the railway he would often phone me to enquire how work was progressing and to proffer advice to be passed onto the appropriate person.  Then one day he said ’Could I ask you a favour? I am not sure when it will happen but at my funeral I would like you to talk a little about me. You have a copy of my autobiography (350 pages) so you know quite a lot about my railway life’.

Since childhood, he always had an interest in railways, enhanced initially by having a model train set and later by membership of the Norbury Transport and Model Railway Club, who organised meetings and railway visits. At secondary school, apparently he managed to position his desk so that the view to the local main line was a constant distraction

Tony started his working life, aged 15, and was set on becoming an engine driver. He found employment at Norwood Junction motive power depot (75C) as an engine cleaner – at the bottom rung of the ladder to the position of driver.

Five months after starting work, Tony changed tack to become an apprentice fitter and enrolled for an ONC in mechanical engineering. Tony found that the fitter’s life was much more to his liking and under Alan Ings’s guidance he progressed, spending time at Redhill and Feltham, where he later become shed master and a member of the breakdown gang.  Work was interrupted by events such as the Epsom week when it was essential that no breakdowns occurred. Tony, with his experience in this aspect of the railway, accompanied one of the breakdown trains to Epsom station and naturally went to the race meeting itself.

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  Taking a photograph of the firebox of No. 34059, 23 March 2009.

In the fifth year of his apprenticeship, Tony went to Eastleigh. He successfully completed his  apprenticeship and gained his ONC and started work again at Norwood before progressing to the salaried posts in BR Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Chartered Engineer status followed his completion of an HNC in mechanical engineering Postings included an enjoyable year at Nine Elms motive power depot in the latter days of steam, shed master at Feltham, involvement with Bournemouth electrification, repair shop manager at Stratford, where Tony often talked about interesting repair jobs including those on the Deltic locomotives.

 

 

Tony Deller Pulman
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Tony relaxing on the Pulman special being hauled by No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair after the renaming ceremony, 24th April 2009.  

He returned to the Southern in 1985 and developed Slade Green repair shop for electric traction repairs and also published a book on the depot.  He was project engineer for the introduction of the Networker EMUs in 1988 into the South Eastern section of the Southern and was then invited to join Transmark, the consultancy arm of BR This took him to Australia and involvement in maintenance practices  and latterly a similar project in Malaysia.

Early retirement in 2000 gave him time to complete and run the 3.5 inch model of Schools class No. 30915, Brighton, started in his apprentice years in 1959. The Bluebell beckoned, where we have had 15 years of his expertise and involvement with steam such as that shown in the article in Bluebell News, Spring 2014, on ‘Improving performance on the C Class’ a class of locomotive he first met as a fourteen year old. He will be much missed from his practical skills and teaching and his wide knowledge of railway engineering.

Perhaps these words from the Nine Elms web site, a depot where he worked in the mid 1960s, are a fitting epitaph.

To his immediate family and friends – your loss is shared by us all. On behalf of the Nine Elms Enginemen’s Reunion
– God bless, safe onward journey –

John Fry
Bulleid Society Chairman

7th January 2015

Bluebell Railway 2015/16 500+ Club

Membership of the Bluebell Railway 2016/17 500+ Club is now open. The club has been running for several years and this year the decision has been made to raise the finance to pay for the repainting No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair. Membership Form – full details available here.

No. 35028 Clan Line – Tyre Removal

Not one of our loco's but the links below have Bulleid interest as they show the removal of No. 35028's old tyres at the SDR, taken by Mike Turner.
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4th December 2015

Coach 5768

These pictures were taken on Sunday 30th November showing progress on 5768.

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  The external bodywork is being prepared for filling and then painting.
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  The curved toughened glass has been installed in most of the windows.  
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  The north end.   The hanging of the doors is progressing.  

9th November 2015

Sir Archibald Sinclair – Boiler Progress Report

At LNWR, Crewe, progress continues on the firebox repairs for No. 34059. New sections of platework for the outer wrapper sections of the firebox have now been welded into place and the new platework for the inner wrapper is on site. The projected date for the return of the boiler, with current hydraulic and steam test certificates, to the Bluebell is spring 2016.

At the Bluebell, steady progress is being maintained on the overhaul and painting of the numerous items removed from the locomotive to enable the boiler to be lifted from the engine and sent to Crewe in October 2013.

Blackmoor Vale – Inner Firebox Appeal

An appeal has been set up to raise funds for a new Inner firebox for 21C123 Blackmoor Vale which is required to enable it to return to traffic.

The Bulleid Society is not a registered charity, but both it and donors can take advantage of the taxation benefits of charities if donors make their donations to The Bluebell Railway Trust, a charity whose objects include support for the preservation of railway equipment, especially connected with the Bluebell Railway.

Full details here

4th November 2015

Coach 5768

The pictures below were taken by Mike Anton on Friday 30th October using a wide-angle lens.

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  B compartment.
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  Interior of the south west door showing the window lift mechanism.   Corridor looking south from outside B compartment.  

30th August 2015

Blackmoor Vale

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale was returned to Sheffield Park on Thursday.

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  No. 21C123 being shunted at Horsted Keynes by SECR C class No. 592
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  No. 21C123 attached to BR 9F No. 92240 for their journey south.

18th August 2015

Coach 5768

The pictures below were taken on 16th August.

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  The completed and painted north end.   South end with new sheets added and primed.  
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  The varnished timber in the corridor.   The frame for one of the seats.  

Blackmoor Vale

No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale is currently at Horsted Keynes whilst the workshop is re-clad.

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15th May 2015

Sir Archibald Sinclair

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The steam combine (i.e. manifold) from 34059 shows the faces being machined at Sheffield Park after the body of the casting had been bead blasted to remove the surface rust which had accumulated.

It is important that the joint face between the steam combine and the Klinger valves is a steam tight fit. The milling of the combine face and the valve face will ensure that this is the case.

The main steam supply to the backhead controls is via the Klinger valve sited on the front of the firebox casing on the driver's side of the engine. The steam combine outlets (on the underside in photograph above) control the individual steam supply to the two injectors from the two Klinger valves attached to the two right hand apertures, the steam heating from the second left aperture and the vacuum ejector steam supply from the far left aperture. Bulleid's design allowed the steam supply to each of the main controls to be isolated without having to turn off the supply to all the other controls.

The intention is to have all the backhead fittings ready to be refitted when the boiler returns from Crewe

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  The picture of the backhead was taken in 2009 and shows the fittings attached to the combine (the Southern's name for the manifold).

Blackmoor Vale

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The picture above shows 21C123 after being moved from the dock road on platform 2 before being shunted into the shed at Sheffield Park.

Left: Almost inside the engine shed where she now resides for protection. Note the covers over the buffers.

17th February 2015

Coach 5768

The pictures below were taken by Mike Anton on 15th February.

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  First class compartment C with ceiling refitted along with the overhauled seat-back structure.   South end where the steel bottom-plate has just been renewed and the main end pillars put in place.  
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  North west corner being prepared for painting.   Detail of the north end corridor connection.  

2nd January 2015

Bluebell Railway 2014/15 500+ Club

Membership of the Bluebell Railway 2015/16 500+ Club is now open. The club has been running for several years and is now helping to raise funds for the repair No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair's firebox. Full details available here.

Keep Up The Pressure

Don't forget that the 'Keep Up The Pressure' Appeal to raise funds for 34059's firebox is also still running, details via the links below.
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