Bachmann Europe Plc presented a cheque for £10,617.50 to the Bluebell Railway’s Atlantic Group during the line’s Atlantic House Open Weekend in June.
The donation was made in recognition of assistance provided by the group during the development of the Branchline model of the H2 Class Atlantic, which was first announced during the 2013 Bachmann Collectors’ Club Members’ Day at the Bluebell.
On that occasion, club members were able to see the development of the full-sized locomotive being built there for themselves.
It was back in 2000 that the Bluebell Railway announced its intention to build a new H2 Atlantic locomotive based on No. 32424 Beachy Head, which had been withdrawn in 1958.
At the time of the H2 announcement several key components had already been amassed, including a boiler from a GNR Atlantic, a tender chassis from a London Brighton & South Coast Railway B4 and tender wheelsets and axleboxes from an LBSCR C2X.
Such has been the progress since that it is hoped the locomotive will enter service on the Bluebell Railway during 2021.
Read more News and Features in the August issue of RMM – available now!
Railway ReadsFrom the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
Get The Railway Hub Weekly Round-upEnter your e-mail address below and you will receive weekly rail news straight into your inbox...
You can unsubscribe at any time.
About the Author
- Book of the Week: Railways and Recollections - 27th June 2022
- Passenger numbers as low as 12% as services disrupted by rail strikes - 23rd June 2022
- What rail services will run on Friday after the latest strike? - 23rd June 2022