6 August, 2021. Not quite ready to haul the "Pines". Camelot in the Bluebell Railway's Locomotive Workshop, waiting for a few more mechanical adjustments and the last Boiler Test. Photo KEITH DUKE.

Camelot's Overhaul News

11. Aug, 2021

Mechanical Work and final Steam Test

Camelot has been through a Ten Year Overhaul and has passed two informal Steam Tests. The locomotive remains in the workshop for mechanical work to be completed, and a final visit by the Boiler Inspector, which is not scheduled yet. Once the Inspector's Steam Test has been made, and a new ten year Boiler Certificate has been issued, it should be possible to predict a date for re-entering service. At the moment, it is hoped that this can happen before "Giants of Steam" in October.

3. Sep, 2021

Update from August

Camelot is still in the workshop. Work done last month:
- Painting the wheels
- Fitting new return crank bearings

The Locomotive is provisionally rostered to appear at the "Giants of Steam" Gala in October.

16. Sep, 2021

Final Steam Test and First Move

Camelot had another steam test today and moved as far as the Sheffield Park advance signal. She has a new 10 year boiler certificate. There should be a test run further along the line next week.

8. Oct, 2021

Return to Service?

If all goes well, Camelot should be back in service at the "Giants of Steam" Gala.

Camelot hauls the "Cream Tea Riviera" at Horsted Keynes, JACK LAMB, 16 August 2020. This was immediately after an earlier lockdown ended.

Bluebell Railway News

11. Aug, 2021

The Bluebell Railway is back to normal operation

See https://www.bluebell-railway.com/whats_on/today-at-the-railway/

The Model Railway Weekend and the 60+1 Anniversary Weekend have taken place, the Society's Sales Stand attended both. The next major events are the Toy and Collectors' Fair in September and the Giants of Steam Gala Weekend in October.

8. Oct, 2021

"Giants of Steam" Gala Weekend

Also 9 and 10 October

Camelot may be back in service, to be confirmed.

Society Sales Stand and Financial Appeal Banner on display at Sheffield Park Model Railway Exhibition, 31 July 2021. Photo, JULIAN HEINEMANN.

Sales Stand News

19. Sep, 2021

The next Sales Stand event ...

... will be at the Bluebell Railway Toy & Rail Collectors Fair, Horsted Keynes (Station, not field).

8. Oct, 2021

Followed by ...

... the Bluebell Railway Giants of Steam Gala Weekend. The intention is to have the stand on platform 2 at Sheffield Park, subject to confirmation by the event organiser.

Also 9 and 10 October.

Our permanent stand at "Antiques at Wendover" is open. See


12. Feb, 2022

Doncaster Model Railway Exhibition

Also 13 February.

This will be the Stand's first "away" visit since lockdown.