The Society aims to restore the Merchant Navy locomotive 21c11 / 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 are recreating the missing link in preservation.
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 campaigns check out our Funding Campaigns page here or by making donations, click here for more details on ways to get involved.
Our current immediate funding objective is to restore the unique fabricated trailing truck that has led to the Trailing Truck Transformers Fund Club being set up to fund restoration of this unique component in 2021. To find out about how to be a part of the exclusive Trailing Truck Transformers Fund Club, click here...
The May update from our project including: our 2021 annual general meeting, issue 15 of the Packet, resumption of work on the locomotive and more.
The March update from our project including: membership updates, CAD model of the front bogie, new 00 gauge fundraising model, our apperance on the Railway Mania podcast and more.
The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast, episode 17. The 90-minute podcast discusses our project to restore 21c11 / 35011 back to original condition complete with Bulleid’s chain driven valve gear and air smoothed casing.
As part of our aims to not just to restore 21c11 / 35011 to original condition, we also endeavour to promote education in technology and engineering associated with the preservation and restoration of heritage steam. We are delighted to be working with students and academics from both the Loughborough University and the University of Birmingham.
Read about the current projects 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.