Sheffield Park arrival, S Desmond, 1979. The gentlemen in the foreground have lost some hair in forty years.
The Society was founded in 1974 to purchase and restore Camelot. The locomotive was purchased in 1979, and, later in the same year, was taken to the Bluebell Railway. The locomotive arrived on the railway without a tender, because the tender originally
attached to Camelot had been purchased by another group. The Society purchased a tender frame from a steel mill in Briton Ferry, where it had been used as an ingot carrier, so that a new tender could be constructed. Also purchased was a British Railways Mark
1 Covered Carriage Truck (CCT), to be used as a parts store.