New Home for Bluebell Railway’s USA Dock Tank Steam Locomotive

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The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society has confirmed that it has agreed a price for the sale of its USA Dock Tank, No. 30064.

Visitors to the Bluebell Railway will undoubtedly have fond memories of the locomotive, especially if you visited it in the 1970s.

Paul Churchman, chairman of the BRPS, said a vehicle disposal list has been compiled and the first such vehicles have left the railroad in search of a future in preservation.

Paul explained that 30064 requires around £40,000 to be spent to remove the asbestos from the locomotive and also said that even with this problem resolved there are no plans in the next 20 years to restore the locomotive to working order .

Mr Churchman said in his letter to members that they hoped to welcome the locomotive back to the Bluebell Railway in the next 5-6 years to operate trains which would not happen if the Bluebell Railway continued in as owner.

The sale of the Dock Tank locomotive, which was designed by the United States Army Transportation Corps, has already been agreed upon – but the funds from the sale would go directly back into pure restoration of the locomotive.

30064 is expected to move to Sheffield Park next week and leave the Bluebell Railway soon after. The undisclosed buyer has not been revealed, but his new home will no doubt be confirmed soon.

What are your memories of 30064? What do you think of this decision? Let us know in the comments below.

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