Awake the Giant
We need your help…
To awaken, only let rest & not sleep!
With the 9F now out of action for around two decades, a new approach is needed to get this giant running. Andy Taylor, a volunteer from the locomotive department, is at the forefront of a new idea: sustainable funding.
- Sustainable funding is when you can predict the income coming in and not rely on one-off donations, i.e. you can forward plan.
- Regular donations of £15 a month (£18.75 with gift aid) to restore 92240.
- Once 92240 has been restored, the fund will continue to support the next overhaul (meaning the locomotive will be out of traffic for a shorter amount of time).
- The end goal would be to have the restoration of many locomotives funded this way and therefore increase the locomotive pool.
This would enable the Bluebell Railway to once more have not only one of the largest collections of steam locomotives in Britain, but to have the largest WORKING collection!
News … News … News
The latest News Update – March 2022 is now available to download as a PDF – and reports that things are starting to really move on many fronts.
Thanks are due to everyone contributing to “Awake the Giant” since our fundraising appeal is bringing in £800 per month (but the expected overhaul costs mean much more will be required to achieve the target in the expected timescale for the overhaul).
Plans for the overhaul are developing, and you could join in helping with other volunteers in beginning to strip the loco down this autumn.
The new logo has given the team an opportunity of creating a small range of merchandise. Ken Upton has been instrumental in designing these high quality products (thanks Ken). These are now on sale through our very own section in the Bluebell shop at Sheffield Park.
Have you seen our Facebook page?
We are pleased to announce the results of our Photo Competition.
We had a great response and raised a large amount of interest in the Bluebell Railway and 92240. The competition featured two categories of: the best photo of the Bluebell Railway and of Preserved Steam.
A massive congratulations to:
Winners: Neil Munro-Thomson and Adrian Smith.
Runners up: Dave Jones, Clifford Palmer and Christopher Rose.
Congratulations to all for taking part. Full details of the results can be Downloaded here (pdf).
Maybe £15 per month (as little as £3.75 a week – less than the cost of a Pint!), or as little or as much as you wish to donate.
On-line donations (one off) can be made here – please select “Awake The Giant” from the drop-down menu.
Other ways to help:
- We would welcome anyone who could man a stall at Horsted Keynes, advertising and signing people up to regular donations,
- Join and participate on our Facebook page,
- If you think you can help in any other way drop me a line.
Please contact Andy Taylor for further information.
Awake the Giant News
Who is ‘The Giant’?
Steam locomotive 9F No.92240 is one of the largest and most powerful steam locomotives built in Britain. It was among the last completed at Crewe Works in 1958. It was withdrawn in September 1965 and sold to Barry Scrapyard in Wales. After 13 years at Barry, it was bought by a group of members (headed by the late George Nickson, Pete Reid and Peter Cox) from the Bluebell Railway’s locomotive department.
Jon Bowers’ photo shows it steaming up Freshfield Bank in fine style on Boxing Day 2001.
The restoration of 92240 at the Bluebell Railway took a further 13 years, re-entering traffic in 1990 as the first restored Barry 9F to steam. It ran for only a few years before several boiler stays were found to need replacement. At this point, the boiler was re-certified for a further ten years.
It was withdrawn from service in 2002, due to the poor condition of the tubes. After many years awaiting overhaul on public view in the locomotive shed at Sheffield Park, in September 2009 it moved to be on static display alongside Platform 1 at Horsted Keynes Station.
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Last updated by Richard Salmon, 24 March 2022