The Society aims to restore the Merchant Navy locomotive 35011 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.

We endeavour to promote education in technology and engineering associated with the preservation and restoration of hertiage steam.

How to Support Us

You can help with the restoration of 21c11 / 35011 back to her original condition as Bulleid intended in a number of ways ranging from becoming a member, being a Shareholder, Sponsorship, volunteering,  for details on our latest campaign check out our Just Giving page here or by making donations, click here for more details on ways to get involved.

Latest News


Look great and support us with our new range of branded clothing click here to find out more and how to order


Slight update to our links page to add a link to the new 35006 website to our links page here...


The May engineering update including some new cladding, CAD models and the latest on the locomotives strip down.



Marking 75 years since VE Day, 21c11 even featured on the front cover of the Southern Railway Magazine



Our new style website is launched. We hope you like it. Check out the new pages including: Supporting Us and the all new Technical & Education Centre.


Due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions the Swindon & Cricklade Railway is closed to the public and we have cancelled our working weekends for April, May and June.

See our Volunteering and Working Weekends page here for more details and future planned dates. 


Boiler lift appeal "Sponsor an inch or more" and prize draw, raising funds for crane hire etc. to lift the boiler and remove the front bogie and trailing truck. See our Just Giving page here

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March engineering update

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We regret that due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our AGM planned for Saturday 28th March


Read about all our latest news, progress and our blog here.


The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society (GSNLRS) are the proud custodians of the Southern Railway Bulleid Merchant Navy class locomotive  21c11 / 35011 General Steam Navigation.