London & South Western Railway 0-4-0T No. 96 30096 'Normandy'
Sheffield Park, Sussex, UK
Location: Bluebell Railway
Status: Display
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Posted: Aug 1, 2006 @ 23:08:18 by Connor

            96 “Normandy” is a member of the London & South Western Railway Class B4 0-4-0T. Built in May of 1893 at the Nine Elms Works, it was built for shunting at the London & South Western Railway docks at Southampton. The B4’s were noticeable by there open sided cabs, names of cross channel ports and sometimes running without numbers. They were used only for dock work and they had there own shed at the docks.


            96 “Normandy” worked at the docks until the Southern Railway’s Class USA 0-6-0T replaced it in 1947. At this time Normandy had a stove pipe chimney and enclosed cab which was fitted during the war as an air raid precaution. In 1948 with the formation of the British Railway, Normandy was renumbered 30096. By the mid 1950’s, 11 member’s of this class remained in use for British Railway’s. 30096’s last duty was shunting goods at Winchester Goods Yard. With fellow class mate 30102. 30096 and 30102 were withdrawn from traffic in 1963. 30102 was sold for preservation but 30096 was sold to Corrals Fuel Merchants for work on their private wharf at Southampton. Renumbered back to 96 but with the new name of “Corral Queen”, 96 put in 9 more years of hard work until being sold again in 1972 to the Bulleid Society who moved the engine to the Bluebell Railway.


            96 “Normandy” was delivered to Sheffield Park late on December18th, 1972. 96 was renamed back to Normandy. They started its’ overhaul in the late 1970s but work moved very slowly since it was put low on the priority. The reason being that it was said it was not suitable for passenger work. So its overhaul was almost completely done by a small group of volunteers. Working as much as they could with people leaving and others joining the group as circumstances changed for them. 96 “Normandy” was first steamed in May of 1986 in its full Adams Goods Green Livery and got its old open sided cab back. To many peoples surprise Normandy was a great engine to have. He doesn’t pull passenger much but was perfect for shunting around the yard. In 1994, Normandy was repainted Black with the Southern Railway’s Yellow Sunshine Lettering and still saying Normandy. In 1996 it went for its overhaul and came out of the works the same year. Normandy gave another good 10 years service. On July 7th, 2006, Normandy’s boiler ticket expired. It is now on Static Display waiting for its next overhaul.