Bluebell Service and Second Withdrawal


73082 Camelot was part of the Bluebell's motive power fleet, hauling scheduled and special heritage passenger trains, as well as demonstration goods trains between Sheffield Park and Kingscote; until withdrawal in June 2005. The locomotive proved to be very reliable in service on the Bluebell and steamed well, so well that she was not used for testing firemen's skills! Camelot was the highest mileage locomotive on the Bluebell in 1996 and 1997 and continued to cover several thousand miles each year whilst in service.

British boiler and insurance regulations demand that locomotives are dismantled and inspected after ten years' operation. In June 2005 it was decided to withdraw Camelot from service so that a ten-year inspection and overhaul could begin. This eventually took another ten years but Camelot was back in service in 2015.