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ESNG at the Bluebell – 4

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Our final post from the Bluebell Railway, again looks at the ‘big’ trains, and my two favourite locomotives from our visit.

Firstly, I was delighted to see the Southern Railway ‘Q’ 0-6-0 in steam and even better, it hauled us both ways between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes.  Designed by Maunsell in the late 1930’s, it was a slightly dated, but absolutely typical, freight and mixed-traffic 0-6-0 design.  All British Railways had similar locomotives from the early years of the century.

I’m a fan of the Q, as I had an ‘OO’ version, built from a Wills Finecast kit when I was a teenager.  Like the Bluebell, it appeared both in Southern green and in British Railways black.  It’s a very neat locomotive, and I’m wondering how easy it would be to convert the Farish LMS 4F to a Q.  My ‘OO’ version ran on a Triang ‘Jinty’ chassis, that…

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