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Bluebell Railway Trust
Bluebell Railway Trust
Project 27

Project 27

Why we need your help

The Little Loco Group

The Bluebell Railway's Little Loco Group was formally formed in 2017 mainly from the Villas gang with new Loco Department volunteers. They are supported by the Fenchurch Fund (a sub committee of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society). This has enabled the groups to work together to be able to fund and undertake the overhaul & restoration of the Bluebell’s smaller engines.  The first aim is to see the return of the Bluebell’s "forgotten" P No.27 'Primrose' to a serviceable & operational condition.

A27 Drawing

A volunteer-led engineering project

No.27 was in a very bad way having last been used in 1974.  Progress with the restoration so far has seen the frames dismantled, new cylinders designed in CAD, cast and machined, and new main frames cut, machined, drilled, and with the remaining good sections of the frame stretchers, riveted together.  Much other work has also been done, and regular updates are avilable on the Project 27 Blogspot and Facebook Page.

Could you help?

Rivet Club

Could you help to see No 27 Primrose run again?  So far through the generous hours and efforts of the members of the Fenchurch Fund and all of those who have donated and supported so far we have raised in excess of over £30,000 towards the restoration of 27. But to see 27 run once again we expect that we need to raise in the region of £125,000 to return her to active service! So if you feel that you’d like to help us achieve our aims then please follow our donate links below or subscribe to our Rivet Club and help us to return the forgotten P Primrose back into steam!

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How you can support us

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Oct 16, 2020

Richard Ayling

(plus 2.50 giftaid)

Oct 05, 2020


Oct 04, 2020

Tom J

We need a P class back in running order again now 178 has bowed out!

(plus 12.50 giftaid)

Apr 02, 2020

Dave Colwell

Keep it going Clive

(plus 6.75 giftaid)

Mar 22, 2020


(plus 6.75 giftaid)

Feb 13, 2020

Thomas Powell

Best of luck for the future! here's to a swift and stress-free overhaul, looking forward to seeing a locomotive like this completed and running once more!


Feb 11, 2020

Roger Watts

(plus 6.25 giftaid)

Feb 04, 2020


(plus 250.00 giftaid)

Nov 28, 2019

M Hillier

Keep up the good work!

(plus 6.75 giftaid)

Nov 27, 2019


(plus 250.00 giftaid)

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