Doesn’t it seem like a crime that the only UK steam locomotive to bear the word ‘steam’ in its name hasn’t made steam in over 50 years? This is something the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society plan to change. Launched in January 2016 the society has gone from strength to strength and purchased the Class 8P locomotive 35011 General Steam Navigation in July 2016.
Now based on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, the Society aims to restore the Merchant Navy to her original as built condition complete with air smooth casing and Bulleids unique chain driven valve gear. Retro-converting a Merchant Navy has long been debated since the days of Barry Scrap Yard with 11 of the 30 members of the class surviving the cutters torch. General Steam Navigation went to Barry in June 1966 with most of her running gear missing and critically no crank axle. This has put GSN in a rather unique position compared to her sisters as the cost of restoring her to either rebuilt or original condition are fairly similar. 35011s unrebuilding is the most exciting Southern Region project and we invite you to join us in our efforts to put the steam back into General Steam Navigation.
The latest monthly news update from the 35011 General Steam Navigation Project. This is the best place to find out about all the progress being made wth the locomotives restoration, upcoming events and everything associated with the project.
The 35011 General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society are delighted to report that the project has moved to the Swindon and Cricklade Railway in Wiltshire. The Railway offers a round-trip passenger journeys of approximately 4.5 miles with trains running between Blunsdon and Hayes Knoll, plus an extension south to Taw Valley Halt at Mouldon Hill Country Park within the Borough of Swindon. 35011 arrived at Blunsdon in April 2019 and will be the location where the locomotive is eventfully restored back to steam.
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