Overhaul update on steam locomotive No. 34059 Sir Archibald Sinclair

34059's Chassis being Dismantled // Credit Bluebell Railway
34059's Chassis being Dismantled // Credit Bluebell Railway

The Bluebell Railway has released an update on the overhaul of Southern Railway ‘Battle of Britain’ Class No.34059 “Sir Archibald Sinclair”.


Removal of many parts has been carried out, including the coupling rods, crosshead guides, cylinder cladding, brake gearing, running plates, pipework and the four lubricators.

These components will be cleaned, repaired and painted where necessary.

Once the frame has been lifted off the coupled wheels, bogie and trailing truck. This will allow the axleboxes, wheels and frames, to name the major parts, to be cleaned and examined to assess their condition and work needed.


The firebox is currently being fitted with the 2200 stays it requires. Areas which experience high stress will receive monel metal stays.

These stays are formed from an alloy metal which is resistant to corrosion. The monel stays cost roughly four times as steel ones, being £45 for monel and £11 for steel.

34059's Firebox Stays // Credit Bluebell Railway
34059’s Firebox Stays // Credit Bluebell Railway

For more information or to support the overhaul of 34059 “Sir Archibald Sinclair”, please visit the Bluebell Railway’s website here.

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