Friday, 9 July 2021

The winds of change are coming!

Things are on the cusp of change, and if Boris is right we will be coming out of restrictions soon.  This will mean that it should be possible for the Engineering Side of the group to get back to meaningful work on the loco in the not too distant future.  It is hoped that the loco will be available for inspection during the Bluebell 60+1 event in August (this is to be confirmed).

We will be having sales stands at the Bluebell Railway Modelling Weekend July 31st / August 2nd.  We will be located in the usual place upstairs in the Birch Grove Suite (above the Bessemer Arms).

For the Bluebell 60+1 event, we will be back in out usual place on Platform 1 at Sheffield Park, adjacent to the main Bluebell Shop.  We will have the usual quality items plus a few extra items, and hopefully some of the new stock will have arrived by then!

The new stock will include T-Shirts in light grey (in all popular sizes),  Mugs, Coasters, Drinks Bottles and caps.  These will all have the artists impression of the loco in Southern Green painted by, and used with the agreement of, Matthew Cousins.  Below you can see some mock ups of some of the items.

These items, plus others, will also be available on the on line shop (see link below).  We will also be introducing a "bookshop" within the online shop.  This is in the process of being set up, and will include mainly railway/transport books, but also one or two other titles that may be of interest.  The selection is currently composed of donated books. 

We are all looking forward to getting back to our hobby as soon as possible, and the sales stands (and my signal box turns) is the way forward!  I know that Matt, Ben and Jim are excitedly gradually building up to getting back to major works on site!  There have been many hours putting things in place so they are ready to "hit the ground running" once the signal is given!

If you would like to help by donating to the cause, please donate anything you can afford to help us see our efforts and passion come to a successful end.

A donation of £27 would go a long way towards our aim.
(with gift aid that becomes £33.75)

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You can also give via standing order to the Bluebell Railway Trust (please contact us for a form) or regular payments via Virgin Money Giving.

We are a completely self funded group of Bluebell Railway Volunteers working hard to look after and promote the small locomotive fleet on the Bluebell Railway.

Thank you for your continuing support.

The Team


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