Following on from my previous Workbench Wittering posts where I have been forward dating Hornby Series One Merchant Navys #10 21c7 and #11 21c3 to their 1947 condition, as Hornby have so far only produced the very early 'Widows peak' style, this post is about how I have, this time, backdated a Hornby Series Two to create … Continue reading Workbench Witterings#13 Backdating Hornby Bulleid Merchant Navy to 21c11 General Steam Navigation as she was in January 1947
This weekend 4th/5th December sees the fourth World of Railways Virtual Exhibition, and a weekend filled with entertainment for all ages, model railways of all shapes, sizes and scales, plus informative model ‘how-to’ advice, and interviews with the brands who bring us the models we enjoy, including a in a couple of different interviews yours … Continue reading British Railways Modelling, World of Railways fourth virtual #BigWorldShow this weekend.
With this weekend being a bank holiday, with so far some typical overcast weather (at least it's not raining yet...), I thought I would provide some light reading based on my trip away, with the 35011 General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society last weekend, to some of Yorkshire's railway attractions where I was able to … Continue reading And now for something different… Southern related influences up t’north… some bank holiday reading
Two major steps forward for the General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society (GSNLRS), that aims to restore the Merchant Navy locomotive 21c11 / 35011 to her original as built condition complete with air smooth casing and Bulleid's unique chain driven valve gear, were announced at last weeks Annual General Meeting. Regular readers of my blog … Continue reading General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society awards contract for Trailing Truck restoration and confirm the grade of steel for the new crank axle
A brand new quarterly 'bookazine' from Warners called 'Smoke & Steam' is published on 30th April. It features some of the most famous – and not so famous – routes, featuring locomotive legends. With in-depth articles, including a few Southern related, explaining some of the most important moments of Britain’s railway history from a variety … Continue reading Smoke & Steam, new quarterly ‘bookazine’ includes a number of Southern related articles
Railway Mania Podcast The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast, episode 17. The 90-minute podcast features myself and two fellow Society Trustees, Andrew Collett and Steve Rapley (CME) with Corwin Bainbridge discussing our project to restore 21c11 / 35011 back to original condition complete with Bulleid’s chain driven valve … Continue reading The General Steam Navigation Locomotive Restoration Society @35011gsn feature in the latest Railway Mania podcast @railwaymanianet. Also a chance to become a Trailing Truck Transformer
On Friday 2nd October 2020, the boiler of Ex-SR Bulleid Merchant Navy Class, 35011 “General Steam Navigation” was successfully lifted from its frames for the first time since 1959. The boiler was built by North British in Glasgow in January 1941 and has been attached for a total of 61 years since its last overhaul … Continue reading 35011 General Steam Navigation boiler lifted for the first time 61 years – a major milestone reached in the restoration project.
I am far from being a 'vlogger' or a 'youTuber' and you will never get to watch me 'unbox' anything but I have often added video clips to illustrate posts throughout the site, I have now added a new page where I have collated some of these videos on one page with links where appropriate … Continue reading New Video and Gallery pages added to my www.grahammuz.com blog
#onthisday 25th April 1970 Oliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid died, aged 87. He was the Southern Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer between 1937 and nationalisation in 1948. He is best celebrated for the development, under wartime conditions, of his Merchant Navy Pacifics which incorporated a host of novel ideas including the enclosed oil bath for the novel … Continue reading #onthisday 25th April 1970 OVS Bulleid died
By the very nature of the fact that you read this blog of mine, you will I am sure like me not help but admire the Bulleid Merchant Navy paciifics in either original air smoothed or their later rebuilt form. It is of course great that a number have been preserved and are at various … Continue reading Bulleid Merchant Navy update: No.11 gets a new Trustee and Director and No.6 and No.28 faultlessly perform #bulleidbrilliance