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.
We endeavour to promote education in technology and engineering associated with the preservation and restoration of hertiage steam.
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.
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
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.
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
March engineering update
We regret that due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our AGM planned for Saturday 28th March
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.