Great Western Railway 2-8-0 No. 3814

Copyright (C) Steve Frost

The tender of former GWR 2884 Class 2-8-0 No. 3814 has now been completed from restoration and has been sent to Tyseley Locomotive Works where it will be used on loan with the Betton Grange Society for use with their new build GWR Grange Class 4-6-0 No. 6880 “Betton Grange” while its own tender is under construction. Work on No. 3814 it self slow but the hire of its tender will help with funding of its restoration as new tires will be fitted to the wheels and work on the boiler can begin.

—Russell Newman

The Flying Scotsman

Copyright (C) Steve Frost

The visit of ex LNER A3 Pacific No. 60103 “Flying Scotsman” to the Bluebell Railway over August and early September 2022 has sadly been posponed due to the discovery of a a broken piston ring which had damaged the locomotive’s cylinder. Despite the best efforts of Riley & Son Engineering Ltd. who are custodians of the locomotive for the National Railway Museum and a team from the Bluebell Railway the the ring could not be replaced in time for her scheduled visit next month which this is in part due to global supply chain delays. So the visit of the worlds most famous steam locomotive to the Bluebell Railway will instead take place in 2023 during her 100th birthday celebrations.

English Clays 0-4-0F

Copyright © Royston Morris

November 1st, 2017
The Bagnall built Fireless 0-4-0F No. 3121 of the former English Clays will be going on long term loan to the Plym Valley Railway for display at Marsh Mills Station. Where will have some cosmetic restoration done before it is put on display.

— Russell Newman

Southern Railway 4-6-2 No. 34092 ‘City of Wells’

Copyright © Phil Horton

November 1, 2017
News has come that 34092 “City of Wells” will now be staying at the East Lancashire Railway as part of there steam fleet there for good. The East Lancashire has offered a permeant home for the locomotive as they have just launched “A Home for Wells” Appeal to raise the funds necessary to provide a loving home for 34092.

— Russell Newman