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Old 01-23-2022, 04:35 PM
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SECR P Class Locomotive No. 323

The Bluebell Railway is a preserved, or heritage, railway that runs between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, Sussex, UK., and is run mainly by volunteers. This ex-SECR locomotive, built in 1910, was the first locomotive to be acquired by the railway. That was in 1960. It was given a new paintjob and named "Bluebell" (what else?) and since then has travelled 78,000 miles in service. It was retired on 9 February 2019 but is still on static display in the shed at the Sheffield Park end of the line.

The kit was published by Peacock Paperkits, Tunbridge Wells, 1972. Scale is 8mm:1 ft, which seems a strange combination. It looks to be about O gauge. Building wasn't as difficult as I feared when first having a look at the parts and instructions; several placement issues are left to your own judgement (not a lot of which I have these days). But we won through!

The model was built as a Christmas present for a friend who works iin the Bluebell Railway office. She loves it.

Lots of info about the railway can be found here: The Bluebell Railway in Sussex | A heritage steam railway
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We have a few of those “heritage” railway lines here in the U.S. and in Canada. Many are run by volunteers. Others are companies that charge for the experience of riding in old restored railcars, pulled by old steam locomotives. People love the experience.
Vintage locomotives are fun to see, and yours is a gem.
Very fine work.
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Old 01-25-2022, 03:25 PM
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Hello Michael. Thanks for your generous words. You know, the Bluebell Railway isn't just about trains. There's also rock 'n' roll, and lots of rain too:

Sam Brown In The Rain - YouTube
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Your building is really superb!
And a very nice present.
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Nice one Philip.

The "other end" of the line is about 5 minutes from home. I must admit we haven't travelled on their trains ;-(

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Wake Up at the Back!

The friend who works for the Bluebell Railway has found other employment nearer her home. She wanted to take some pictures of No 323 for me before she left, so she took the model in for identification purposes and got someone to show her around the engine shed. For those who are interested, here are some of the results of that expedition. The engine is awaiting boiler repairs (expensive!) but the railway hope to have the old girl up and running again one day not too far away.

The publicity bloke at the Bluebell got to see the model, and the talk now is of putting some pictures of it in the railway magazine and on their website. Who knows?
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Very cool, sir
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The photos show you did an excellent job of replication.
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