Sunday, 14 July 2013

'Beachy Head' London, Brighton & South Coast Railway Atlantic Express Steam Locomotive Replica

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 Sadly, the Bluebell Railway missed out on the chance to buy an LBSCR H2 Class 'Atlantic' (4-4-2 wheel arrangement) locomotive when formed, but years ago the boiler of a Great Northern Railway C1 Class Atlantic locomotive was found, which the H2 Class was based on (see the GNR C1 Class 251 here -, which the Bluebell Railway purchased and forms the base of a plan to recreate H2 Class 'Beachy Head', built in 1911, one of six of the H2 Class. It appears that it will be completed in post-1948 British Railways lined black livery with the number 32424, but hopefully at some point it will be seen in its original, splended London Brighton & South Coast Railway colours, but either way it will be fantastic to see a large Edwardian express passenger engine in action, especially as, as far as i'm aware, there are none running currently. More information on the project can be found here;

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