Update on steam locomotives 21C123 “Blackmoor Vale” and 34059 “Sir Archibald Sinclair”

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21C123 "Blackmoor Vale" Backhead Striped // Credit Bulleid Society

The Bulleid Society has released an update on the overhauls of both Southern Railway West Country / Battle of Britain Class locomotives based at the Bluebell Railway.

21C123 “Blackmoor Vale”

Following the engine being moved undercover in the Maintenance Shed at Sheffield Park, all of the backhead fittings (gauges, valves etc. located in the cab) have been removed and stored.

Next, the boiler will have its flue, small and superheater elements removed and cladding stripped from the boiler.

This will allow the boiler to be lifted and be shipped to the South Devon Railway Engineering where the new firebox can be fitted. This is fantastic news and a significant milestone in the overhaul of “Blackmoor Vale”.

21C123 "Blackmoor Vale" Inside Maintanance Shed // Credit Bulleid Society
21C123 “Blackmoor Vale” Inside Maintenance Shed // Credit Bulleid Society

34059 “Sir Archibald Sinclair”

Disassembly of “Sir Archibald Sinclair” is still in process, with the left-hand side piston rear gland recently being removed. Work also continues on the boiler, with stays being fitted.

34059 "Sir Archibald Sinclair" Being Dissembled // Credit Bulleid Society
34059 “Sir Archibald Sinclair” Being Dissembled // Credit Bulleid Society

For more information or to support the Bulleid Society in overhauling both “Blackmoor Vale” and “Sir Archibald Sinclair”, please visit their website here.

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