Camelot at Eastleigh with a Bournemouth - Waterloo train, August 1961. MIKE PEART. Mike was painting his great uncle's kitchen in Winchester but preferred watching Camelot to watching paint dry.

Construction, and Mainline Operations with British Railways

Camelot at Axminster, Nov 1965, ANON.

73082 Camelot was built at Derby in 1955 and ran on the Southern Region of British Railways until 1966. After withdrawal, it was removed to Woodham Bros. scrapyard at Barry, near Cardiff. However, it was not scrapped and, along with many other withdrawn locomotives, remained in the yard, where its condition slowly deteriorated.


Saved from Scrap

Buried at Barry, Nov 1978, S DESMOND

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.

General Overhaul and Restoration, and Operation on the Bluebell Railway

Re-enters traffic on Poppy Day, 1995

After arriving at Sheffield Park the Society started restoration, beginning with repairing the tender frame and comissioning the construction of a new tender body by contractors. 73082 Camelot returned to steam in 1995, and was in regular service on the railway for nearly ten years. During this time, the Society worked to raise the money to pay for the next major overhaul. Fund raising was done through the Society's retail Sales Stand and Mail Order operation, and by the sale of shares in 73082 Camelot to Society Members

Second General Overhaul and Return to Service

Test run on relaunch day, 21 October, 2015, JULIAN HEINEMANN.

The Locomotive was withdrawn for a general overhaul in June 2005, but returned to service on 31 October 2015, at the "Giants of Steam" event. In September, 2018, the locomotive visited the West Somerset Railway and took part in the railway's Autumn "Cross Country" Gala Event.

Restoration of the Covered Carriage Truck

CCT in the C&W workshop. 2017, NICK WREN.

The CCT has recently been restored by members of the Bluebell Railway Carriage and Wagon Department, to be used on demonstration goods trains.