August’s visit to the Bluebell Railway proved to be one of the most productive visits to a preserved line for photographs. Arriving early, I spent some time with the tripod in the engine shed before the crowds arrived, taking photographs. Today we look through some of these pictures; the remainder will be published later in the week. Most pictures today feature ex-SER 0-6-0 01 class 65, however we start (above) outside Sheffield Park engine shed with North London dock 58850; with rebuilt Bulleid Battle of Britain class 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair in the background.
Moving inside the engine shed we have a view of ex-LSWR B4 dock tank 96 Normandy, ex-SER o1 class 65 (note the outside frame-tender) and LSWR Adams radial tank 488.
As many of you know, I have a long-term project to create a 00 scale model of the SER 01 class from a Golden Arrow kit and I took the opportunity to get some shots of the locomotive to aid this.
Unfortunately the locomotive isn’t currently in running order, but its overhaul should commence in the not-too distant future.
I do not fancy my chances of recreating the elaborate lined SECR green livery, so I’m planning to put my model version in wartime black with Bulleid “sunshine” lettering.
Another view down into the shed (above) with 55 Stepney, arguably the line’s most famous locomotive, thanks to it featuring in the Thomas the Tank engine series. The LSWR B4 class can be seen, with the SER O1 LSWR Adams radial further into the shed. On the right is a glimpse of ex-GWR Dukedog 3200 class 9017 Earl of Berkeley.
The final photograph today if of two different SECR liveried locomotives that were in the engine works for attention. In the foreground we have P class 178 with H class 263 deeper in the shed. More pictures will be published later in the week, so until the next time; thanks for reading 🙂