Close Menu

Locomotives at Bressingham

 

The Fen Railway

 

Gwynedd

Gwynedd Is a Penrhyn Port Class Hunslet Locomotive. It worked at the Penrhyn Quarry Railway in North Wales from 1883 to 1964 until it was sold to a private individual. Alan Bloom stepped in and bought the locomotive in 1966 for £135 after the private individual found too much work to get the locomotive operational. Since then it has been fully rebuilt and has worked on the Fen Railway for more than 50 years. She was most recently overhauled and returned to service in 2016 in its originial late Penrhyn Quarry Railway livery. She visited the Ffestiniog Railway and Bala Lake Railway in 2018.  

 Gwynedd 3

Technical specifications

Gauge : 2 ft

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1883

Builder : Hunslet

Construction Number : N.o. 316

Cylinder Size : 7" x 10"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 20.25"

Working Boiler Pressure : 120 psi

Weight : 7 tons 10 cwt

Length : 13 ft 10"

Valve Gear : Stephenson's

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0ST

Tractive Effort : 2,205 lbs

Operational Status : Operational

 

 

George Sholto 

George Sholto was Built in 1909 by Hunslet as a "Large Quarry" class locomotive for the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. Alan Bloom purchased George Sholto directly from the Penrhyn Quarry Railway for £100 in 1965 and is the most powerful locomotive on the Fen Railway and has seen service at Bressingham for over 50 years. The locomotive was for a time named "Bill Harvey" in honour of the former British Rail Norwich shed master who helped set up Bressingham Steam Museum. However runs today with its original name re-instated. Currently under overhaul, the locomotive has visited railways such as the Ffestiniog in 1996 and the PQR (Penrhyn Quarry Railway) in 2012. 

George Sholto 4

Technical specifications

Gauge : 2 ft

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1909

Builder : Hunslet

Construction Number : N.o. 994

Cylinder Size : 7.5" x 10"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 20.25"

Working Boiler Pressure : 120 psi

Weight : 7 tons 12 cwt

Length : 14 ft 6"

Valve Gear : Stephenson's 

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0ST

Tractive Effort : 2,953 lbs

Operational Status : Under Overhaul

 

 

Bevan

Named after the late Bevan Braithwaite, former chairman of Bressingham Steam Preservation Trust, Bevan was completed in the Bressingham Workshops in 2010 after the chassis and boiler were donated by Bevan's wife. It is loosely based on a Kerr Stuart design. 

Bevan 3

Technical specifications

Gauge : 2 ft

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 2010

Builder : Bressingham

Construction Number : N.o. 2

Cylinder Size : 

Coupled Wheel Diameter :

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight :

Length :

Valve Gear : Hackworth's

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0PT-T

Tractive Effort :

Operational Status : Operational

 

 

Fernilee

Fernilee is a privately owned vertical boilered locomotive, making it one of the fastest engines to prepare in the morning, due to it raising steam much faster than a traditional horizontal boiler. It moved to Bressingham in late 2017 after the sudden closure of its former home, the Penrhyn Quarry Railway. 

Fernilee 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 2 ft

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 2015

Builder : Roger Lee's

Construction Number : N.o. 1

Cylinder Size :

Coupled Wheel Diameter :

Working Boiler Pressure : 120 psi

Weight :

Length :

Valve Gear : Stephenson's

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0VB-T

Tractive Effort :

Operational Status : Operational

 

 

The Waveney Valley Railway

 

Rosenkavalier 

In 1937 Three Locomotives were delivered to Rheinbahn A. G. in Dusseldorf, Germany numbered 1662, 1663 and 1664, named 'Blitz' , 'Donner' and 'Doria' before moving to the Dusseldorf Creative Folk Exposition in the same year. During the Exposition the Locomotives were Renamed 'Dussel' , 'Jan Wellam' and 'Radschlager'. When the Exposition ended the Locomotives moved to Cologne under the ownership of the Cologne-Frechen-Benzelrather Railway (KFBR). Following some years in storage the locomotives featured at the 1900 year celebrationof the city of Cologne in 1950 and the locomotives were renamed 'Arnoldche 1' , 'Arnoldche 2' and 'Arnoldche 3'.  The locomotives then visited the German Transport Exhibition in Munich in 1953 and were again renamed 'Rumpelstiltskin' , 'Struwwelpeter' and 'Bavaria-Express'.  In 1957 they were fully restored for the Federal Garden Show in Cologne and continued to operate on this line 2 years after the Show had finished. During the show the locomotives recieved their final name changes to 'Rosenkavalier' , 'Männertreu' and 'Fleißiges Lieschen'. Rosenkavalier was purchased along with Männertreu from Cologne by Alan Bloom and with them he formed the 15" Waveney Valley Railway in 1971. In 1976 Sister locomitve 1664 'Fleißiges Lieschen' was purchased from Cologne by the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and renamed to 'Black Prince' meaning all 3 locomotives reside in the UK. Rosenkavalier and Männertreu are sister locomotives and some of the most powerful 4-6-2  15" locomotives in the UK and have been at Bressingham for over 45 years. Rosenkavalier is located in the Exhibition Hall on static display awaiting an overhaul including a new firebox.  

Rosenkavalier 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 15"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1937

Builder : Krupp

Construction Number : N.o. 1662

Cylinder Size : 6" x 10"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 22.5"

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight : 9 tons 13 cwt

Length : 24 ft 3.25"

Valve Gear : Walschaerts

Wheel Arrangement : 4-6-2

Tractive Effort : 2,448 lbs

Operational Status : Static Display

 

 

Männertreu

In 1937 Three Locomotives were delivered to Rheinbahn A. G. in Dusseldorf, Germany numbered 1662, 1663 and 1664, named 'Blitz' , 'Donner' and 'Doria' before moving to the Dusseldorf Creative Folk Exposition in the same year. During the Exposition the Locomotives were Renamed 'Dussel' , 'Jan Wellam' and 'Radschlager'. When the Exposition ended the Locomotives moved to Cologne under the ownership of the Cologne-Frechen-Benzelrather Railway (KFBR). Following some years in storage the locomotives featured at the 1900 year celebrationof the city of Cologne in 1950 and the locomotives were renamed 'Arnoldche 1' , 'Arnoldche 2' and 'Arnoldche 3'.  The locomotives then visited the German Transport Exhibition in Munich in 1953 and were again renamed 'Rumpelstiltskin' , 'Struwwelpeter' and 'Bavaria-Express'.  In 1957 they were fully restored for the Federal Garden Show in Cologne and continued to operate on this line 2 years after the Show had finished. During the show the locomotives recieved their final name changes to 'Rosenkavalier' , 'Männertreu' and 'Fleißiges Lieschen'. Rosenkavalier was purchased along with Männertreu from Cologne by Alan Bloom and with them he formed the 15" Waveney Valley Railway in 1971. In 1976 Sister locomitve 1664 'Fleißiges Lieschen' was purchased by the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway and renamed to 'Black Prince'. Rosenkavalier and Männertreu are sister locomotives and some of the most powerful 4-6-2  15" locomotives in the UK and have been at Bressingham for over 45 years. The engine has begun an overhaul and the continued restoration will continue publicly to allow the public to learn about engineering and steam engines. Please see the "Krupps" page for more details

Mannertreu 3

Technical specifications

Gauge : 15"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1937

Builder : Krupp

Construction Number : N.o. 1662

Cylinder Size : 6" x 10"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 22.5"

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight : 9 tons 13 cwt

Length : 24 ft 3.25"

Valve Gear : Walschaerts

Wheel Arrangement : 4-6-2

Tractive Effort : 2,448 lbs

Operational Status : Under Overhaul

 

 

St Christopher 

Built by the Exmoor Steam Railway in 2001 for a private individual, it worked for 10 years on the Windmill Farm Railway until being purchased by Bressingham in 2011 in time for Bressingham's 50th Anniversary Celebrations. It's modern design has proved successful and popular with drivers and visitors. 

St Christopher 3

Technical specifications

Gauge : 15"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 2001

Builder : Exmoor Steam Railway

Construction Number : N.o. 311

Cylinder Size :

Coupled Wheel Diameter :

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight : Approx 4 tons

Length : 11 ft 2"

Valve Gear : Walschaerts

Wheel Arrangement : 2-6-2T

Tractive Effort :

Operational Status : Operational

 

 

Garden Railway

 

Alan Bloom

Alan Bloom was built by Phil Gray and finshed in the Bressingham Workshop in 1995, being the first new build locomotive to be built at Bressingham. It is based on a scaled down version of the Large Quarry Hunslet "George Sholto" making it suprisingly powerful for its size. It has been in service for 25 years and has been a reliable performer over the years.

Alan Bloom 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 10 1/4"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1995

Builder : Bressingham/ Phil Gray

Construction Number : N.o. 1

Cylinder Size : 3.5" x 8"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 13.5"

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight : 3 tons 5 cwt

Length : 14 ft 11.25"

Valve Gear : Stephenson's 

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0ST-T

Tractive Effort : 1,368 lbs

Operational Status : Operational

 

  

Standard Gauge Railway

 

Martello

Martello is the oldest working exhibit at Bressingham being built for the London,  Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1875. In 1912 it was rebuilt it with larger cylinders and a new boiler as the A1X class. It has also seen service under the Southern Railway and then British Railways, being retired in 1963 after completing 1,505,955 miles in service over its lifetime. Martello was then bought by Butlins for display in Ayr at one of its holiday camps. Purchased by Bressingham in 1971 it remained static until it first returned to steam in 2006 through a National Lottery Grant and spent 7 years travelling the UK's heritage railways, being withdrawn from service in 2011. A volunteer led project returned Martello to steam in 2016 in its Southern livery and continues today in service on special occasions.

Martello 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 4 ft  8 1/2"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1875

Builder : LB&SCR

Construction Number : N.o. 62

Cylinder Size : 14 3/16" x 20"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 48"

Working Boiler Pressure : 150 psi

Weight : 28 tons

Length : 26 ft 1/2"

Valve Gear : Stephenson's

Wheel Arrangement : 0-6-0T

Tractive Effort : 10,695 lbs

Operational Status : Operational

 

 

King Haakon VII

King Haakon VII was built in Sweden by Nydquist and Holm in 1919 and was used by the Norweign State Railway. This particular locomotive is famous due to a story that during World War II it was used to haul a train in 1940 carrying the King of Norway, King Haakon VII, and his Government from Oslo to Molde, in their flight from the invading German Army. King Haakon VII was brought to the UK in 1971 by a private individual and having moved around several railways after a few years settled at Bressingham in 1981. In 2006 the locomotive was returned to steam though a Heritage Lottery Grant. The locomotive has a spacious cab and was well liked by locomotive crews. It was withdrawn in 2011 needing a major work to the motion and front boiler support. In 2016 the Locomotive was cosmetically altered and used in the film "Tarzan" and is currently located in the Locomotive Shed in this guise. 

King Haakon Vii 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 4 ft  8 1/2"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1919

Builder : NOHAB

Construction Number : N.o. 1164

Cylinder Size : 17" x 24"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 54"

Working Boiler Pressure : 170 psi

Weight : 60 tons 18 cwt

Length : 47 ft 1/4"

Valve Gear : Walschaerts

Wheel Arrangement : 2-6-0

Tractive Effort : 18,650 lbs

Operational Status : Static Display

 

 

William Francis 

Built by Beyer Peacock in 1937, William Francis worked at Baddesley Colliery until 1966. It was bought by a private individual and moved to Bressingham in 1968 and steamed last in 1980. The locomotive stayed in private hands at Bressingham until 2013 where it was kindly donated to the Museum. It is hoped to cosmetically restore the locomotive and potentially return it to steam with a partnership with another railway. It is the only surviving standard gauge Garratt in Britain making it vitally important to preserve this for future generations.

William Francis 2

Technical specifications

Gauge : 4 ft  8 1/2"

Motive Power : Steam

Year Built : 1937

Builder : Beyer Peacock & Co.

Construction Number : N.o. 6841

Cylinder Size : 13 1/2" x 20"

Coupled Wheel Diameter : 40"

Working Boiler Pressure : 180 psi

Weight : 54 tons 16 1/2 cwt

Length :

Valve Gear : Walschaerts

Wheel Arrangement : 0-4-0 + 0-4-0T

Tractive Effort : 27,844 lbs

Operational Status : Static Display