Posted: Jul 28, 2020 @ 05:07:21 by Russell Newman
2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Bluebell Railway as one of the worlds first standard gauge preserved steam railways way back in 1960. Which former London, Brighton & South Coast Railway A1X Class Terrier 0-6-0T No. 55 "Stepney" was their very first steam locomotive bought for the Bluebell Railway way back then. "Stepney" is the flagship locomotive at the Bluebell and became more famous in the Reverend Wilbert Awdry’s Thomas The Tank Engine book "Stepney the Bluebell Engine". Now awaiting her next overhaul and rebuild "Stepney" along with her sister Terrier No. 672 "Fenchurch" will have a big part in the planned Steam Railway Magazine sponsored gathering all surviving Terrier locomotives in preservation to mark the 150th anniversary of the London, Brighton & South Coast Railway A1 and A1X Class Terrier 0-6-0T in 2022.
Posted: Oct 4, 2014 @ 19:10:57 by
Stepney suffered a steam pipe failure in March, 2014. He is now stored/displayed and could be waiting until the boiler certificate expires.
Posted: Feb 20, 2009 @ 14:02:25 by New York Central
Posted: Oct 7, 2003 @ 06:10:27 by Steve Frost
One of several LB&SCR 'Terriers'preserved, all of them over 100 years old. Stroudley's classic Victorian tank engine, they look tiny as the coaches tower over them, but they are powerful for their size. This one was named 'Stepney' by the LB&SCR, who named their small tank engines after places served by their system. The photo shows the engine in the LB&SCR's beautiful livery of 'Stroudley's Improved Locomotive Green'. The Victorians were strong on 'improvements', and, as you can see, this green has been subject to a lot of 'improvement'. Later liveries can be seen on other locos of the class preserved. On locos of such longevity, there is plenty of choice. Whatever their colour, they remain a delightful feature of UK preservation.