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BRITISH ENGINEMEN STEAM PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 

 

 

The British Enginemen Steam Preservation Society was formed in 1980 by a group of locomotive footplatemen to acquire, restore and operate standard gauge steam locomotives.

Since its inception the society has been successful in purchasing two Locomotives, a rebuilt Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific, and an Armstrong Whitworth built Stanier Class Five. Both of these locomotives represent particularly important and successful designs in the history of British Steam Locomotives.

The Merchant Navy Pacific “Blue Star” was moved to North Woolwich from Barry in January 1985, following an agreement with the Passmore Edwards Museum Trust, and the Class Five followed in 1986. The Society was based at North Woolwich for 11 years. Sadly, due to the regeneration of the London Docklands, the Merchant Navy Class locomotive had to be moved from its warehouse home. As no suitable accommodation could be found in the immediate London area, an agreement was reached for the total relocation of the BESPS and all of its stock and equipment to the Colne Valley Railway. “Blue Star” and an ex-LNER 10 ton box van were moved to Castle Hedingham in April 1996, with the Class Five and the remaining stock following during 1997, where the work continues to day.


 
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