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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. 

Restoring Bulleid Merchant Navy 21c11 /35011 to original condition


The Society aims to restore the Merchant Navy locomotive 21c11 / 35011 to her original as built condition complete with air smooth casing and Bulleid's unique patented 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 also endeavour to promote education in technology and engineering associated with the preservation and restoration of heritage 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 campaigns check out our Funding Campaigns page here or by making donations, click here for more details on ways to get involved.
We also have a range of merchandise and embroidered clothing available from our online shop here.


Priority Fund Campaign


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...


Latest News


08/08/22

We have our sales stand at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway Past and Present Family Festival this coming weekend, 13th/14th August. 
For details click here...


07/08/22

Our latest N Gauge Limited Edition model, a 7 Plank Open wagon c/w coal load, in either Black or Green (both colours worn by GSN in her lifetime) are now available to purchase.

Click here to purchase via our online shop...


31/07/22

Our latest GSN Coach Tour is announced - travel in style to the Great Central Railway Winter Gala on 28th January 2023.

Read details and how to book here...


31/07/22

The winners of our July 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced.
Check our winners roll here...


19/07/22

#OnThisDay in 1926, The first Atlantic Coast Express service ran between London Waterloo and the West Country

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01/07/22

The winners of our June 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced. 
Check our winners roll here...


20/06/22

#OnThisDay in 1947, The “Devon Belle” Pullman service was introduced by the Southern Railway

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07/06/22

Trailing Truck update - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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31/05/22

The winners of our May 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced. 
Check our winners roll here...


We have our sales stand at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, Cotswold Festival of Steam 'Somerset & Dorset Remembered' gala this weekend - 3rd to 5th June 2022
Details of the event here...


15/05/22 
We successfully held our Society and CIC Annual General Meetings today. 


03/05/22

The winners of our April 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced. 
Check our winners roll here...


13/04/22

The lastest news from the GSN engineering team including reports on the crank axle, boiler, tender parts and more.

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02/03/22

Spring is coming... an oppprtunity to sponsor one or more springs for our trailing truck...

Click here for details on how to sponsor a spring...


28/02/22

The winners of our February 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced. 
Check our winners roll here...


17/02/22

The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society is one of six high-profile steam project groups that have become founding members of the new Mainline Steam Builders Group and cooperate with each other on a regular basis.

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28/01/22

The winners of our January 2022 35011 Twenty Twenty Club draw have been announced. 
Check our winners roll here...