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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 £200,000
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  West Country Inner Firebox

5th August 2021

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Below are three photographs showing the boiler for 34059 on its side for display during Bluebell's 60+1 event.

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  The boiler on its side.
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  The stays knocked over in the inner firebox.   The thermic syphons.  

Bulleid Open Wagon No. 12058

Work has continued at a steady pace on Bullied designed wagon 12058. The wagon is now sitting at the end of E road (the maintenance road) in Horsted Keynes shed, giving the team led by Laurie Anderson protection from the weather. Much more paint has been applied to the underframe and on the east side the door pillars have been assembled along with the assembly to hold the hinges. A pair of suitable hinges recovered from an LMS 5 plank wagon have been fitted. On the west side a start has been made on the assembly to hold the hinges.

The next major works will be completing the door hinges and door pillars on both sides and then we need to look at the end stanchions and corners. Then there is just (!) the woodwork.

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  The door pillar brackets.
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  A door pillar bolted on.   The recovered hinges fitted in place.  
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  The east side.

30th July 2021

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

The rolling chassis was hauled outside with the cab in position to free up  the workshop for the model weekend.

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Credit No. 34059 In Yard

29th July 2021

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair was re-wheeled on Monday (26th July). The pictures below cover the operation.

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  Positioning the wheels.
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  Lifting the chassis.
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  Above and below : positioning the chassis over the wheels.
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  The bogie pivot being gently positioned.
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  Safely down.
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  Final lifting with trailing truck being lined-up.
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  The trailing truck in place.
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  The new driving springs awaiting fitting.

12th July 2021

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

The pictures below show the newly painted overhauled bogie frame and wheel sets awaiting reassembly and the painted crank axle.

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Credit No. 34059 Crank Axle spacer Painted crank axle.

The Bulleid Society Shop

The Bulleid Society shop at Sheffield Park, platform 2, has reopened. The opening days are Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday plus bank holidays. Full details here.

5th July 2021

No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

Below are some photographs showing the progress on 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair. The trailing truck is now completely overhauled and is ready for reinstallation. Work on the front bogie is progressing with the wheelsets cleaned and painted. The bogie frame has been pressure washed and cleaned and is awaiting painting and then reassembly.

On the engine itself, the frame painting is almost complete with only the front inside awaiting the final red paint brush. Some of the driving wheel sets have been cleaned and painted, including the crank axle, with cleaning of the remainder well underway. Re-wheeling of the frames is now getting nearer.

Credit No. 34059 Trailing Truck spacer The trailing truck after painting.
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  The trailing truck positioned for refitting.
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  The bogie standing outside the workshop after pressure washing.
Credit No. 34059 Bogie spacer The top of the cleaned bogie.
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Credit No. 34059 Cylinder spacer Replacement of the cleaned and annealed pipework around the cylinders is progressing.
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Credit No. 34059 Lubricator Drive spacer Part of the ratchet drive from one of the Wakefield 7Z lubricators.

24th May 2021

THE LAST SPARK by Malcolm Root FGRA – NOW AVAILABLE

Malcolm Root's latest painting has been produced as a low print run and Malcolm has offered a contribution from the prints sold towards the overhaul of No. 96 Normandy and No. 21C123 Blackmoor Vale – full details below.

On the 17th October 1950 Bulleid’s revolutionary “Leader” passes through Winchester on the up main line with a 430 ton test train to Guildford. Nearing the end of its very short life this was perhaps the last glimmer of hope that development of the locomotive would continue. Amongst a shower of sparks and on a heavy train Leader is going well on one of its more successful trips.

Print image size: 15” x 20” with a 2” border all round.
Price: £65 inc p&p.

If you want to purchase a copy please let

Credit The Last Spark By Malcolm Root FGRA

20th May 2021

BRPS Members’ Specials

Wednesday 19th May saw trains back in operation on the Bluebell Railway for BRPS members. The Bullied Society's coach No. 5768S is seen below leading the formation on the 12.15 pm Sheffield Park to East Grinstead service, hauled by Brighton product. No. 80151.

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12th April 2021

Below are some pictures, taken by Rob le Chevalier, showing the pressing of the foundation channel for the West Country and Battle of Britain class fireboxes at South Devon Railway (Engineering). 21C123 Blackmoor Vale & 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair already have these fitted to their new fireboxes.

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Credit Bulleid Firebox Foundation Channel

Bulleid Tavern Cars

This link will take you to a short article on Bulleid's tavern cars.

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