Steam locomotive 323 Bluebell withdrawn from service

323 Bluebell
Credit: Ben Jenden

The Bluebell Railway has announced that their resident locomotive, 323 Bluebell, has been withdrawn from service.

The P class of locomotive entered service in 2011 after an overhaul, and has proved popular with volunteers and visitors.

Bluebell now requires a full overhaul before she can steam again and take passengers up and down the heritage railway.

It also means that 323 Bluebell will no longer be attending the Branch Line Weekend, with an updated timetable being released later this week.

The withdrawal of 323 Bluebell is with immediate effect.

323 Bluebell’s Preserved Life

323 was one of the first engines to operate on the preserved Bluebell railway and has been operational ever since. The longest period the engine has seen out of traffic was in the first decade of 2000.

By Spring 2011, 323 was back in steam and running trains down the Bluebell line. The engine currently wears ‘Bluebell Blue’ with the BRPS emblem on the side tanks.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.