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The Blue Circle

 

Built by Aveling Porter of Rochester, Kent, perhaps better known for their road-going steam engines. The Blue Circle is a  2-2-0 well tank, class TJ, built to a design dating back around 100 years. The locomotive was built in 1926, and was at least 80 years out of date by that time. She was the very last traction engine railway locomotive to be built on the standard gauge. Delivered new to Holborough Cement Co. Ltd., Kent (later to become Blue Circle Cement) for use at their Snodland Works. Withdrawn in 1962 she went to the Bluebell railway for restoration over a long period of time.

 

It is seen here on the pit village railway hauling the Beamish Museum's locomotive Coffee Pot No. 1.

 


The Blue Circle

 

Built by Aveling Porter of Rochester, Kent, perhaps better known for their road-going steam engines. The Blue Circle is a  2-2-0 well tank, class TJ, built to a design dating back around 100 years. The locomotive was built in 1926, and was at least 80 years out of date by that time. She was the very last traction engine railway locomotive to be built on the standard gauge. Delivered new to Holborough Cement Co. Ltd., Kent (later to become Blue Circle Cement) for use at their Snodland Works. Withdrawn in 1962 she went to the Bluebell railway for restoration over a long period of time.

 

It is seen here on the pit village railway hauling the Beamish Museum's locomotive Coffee Pot No. 1.

 


comments (7)

  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Sep 2010, 09:37
It's quite amazing to see one of these on rails Les
Les Auld: And running quite successfully. Thanks for the comment Chris.
I never knew these existed Les. For an out of date design it had a good working life!
Les Auld: I have sen pictures of this in the past but this was the first time in real life, Thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Sep 2010, 12:45
Fabulous, Les. Her traction engine heritage is very apparent here. The Coffee Pot looc looks fascintaing, too.
Les Auld: Both very interesting Alan, thanks for the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Sep 2010, 13:04
It looks too good to be true, Les....more like an over-sized toy. And it's so CLEAN! Those guys sure take great pride in these beauties of the past!
Les Auld: It does look too real Ginnie, needs a bit of coal dust to give it character. Thanks for the comment.
Superb! Crisp, vibrant and in full working order. (:o)
Les Auld: It did take quite a few years to get it into this state Rosalyn, but well worth it. Thanks for the comment.
Stunning shot Les ! Love the colours !
Les Auld: Thanks Ferdi, appreciate the comment.
Great old Loco, the prancing horse graces a great number of traction engines also,
Les Auld: It does so John, thanks for the comment.

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