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Inside a Bulleid Double Decker

Loco Yard

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My last post before my holiday to sunny spain will be something a bit special, during my visit to Sellindge last weekend I met the 4DD team who are currently working on restoring the Double Decker driving unit they have on site. I was kindly allowed permission to have a quick look and take a few photos inside the unit. Conceived by Oliver Bulleid for the Southern Railway’s commuter route from London Charing Cross to Dartford, the two 4DD electric multiple units were the only double-deck trains to run on the main line railway network in Britain. Whilst common in continental Europe and North America the restrictive railway loading gauge in the United Kingdom prohibits normal double-deck cars with two fully separated decks. The unit is a really interesting piece of history and I am very glad that a team has decided to get together to work with…

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35025 Brocklebank Line

One day

Loco Yard

Good evening,

As the blogs resident Merchant Navy reporter I thought I’d share some new photos of 35025 Brocklebank Line. 35025 has been in limbo since she was asked to leave the Great Central Railway in 2005. She then moved to Sellindge with fellow Merchant Navy 35011 General Steam Navigation with the grand plan at the time being to get 35011 and 35025 to be restored to main line running condition and to have excursions over the Folkestone Harbour branch and its stations which would be part of the Remembrance Line. Passengers would then transfer to a period steamer for a cross channel trip to Bolougne and back, then returning to London steam hauled throughout, at the end of the day. Sadly that plan never to pass and now 35025s future is in doubt and as you can see from the photos shes a bit unloved.

Hopefully one day someone…

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