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Five locomotives designed by Richard Maunsell for the Southern Railway

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The Maunsell Locomotive Society is responsible for five steam locomotives designed by Richard Maunsell who was Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway from 1923 to 1937. Four of the locos were from Barry scrapyard and all have been restored to working order, with the work being undertaken by members of the Maunsell Locomotive Society and the Bluebell Railway’s own workshop staff.

Two of the locos are in working order, two await their next overhaul and one is partway through a major overhaul. The Society has won various awards for its work, including the Heritage Railways Association’s John Coiley Award in 2006 for ‘restoring and maintaining their fleet of Maunsell Locomotives, as exemplified by the restoration of ‘U’ Class 2-6-0 No.1638 from scrapyard condition’

We are based at the Bluebell Railway in Sussex, where our operational locos are in regular use.  Our fleet represents the largest collection of Maunsell locos.

Overhauling steam locomotives is an expensive past time. The Society spent £187,000 on the latest overhaul of S15 class 847. The work has been financed by the Society’s 400 members and from generous bequests. A number of our members also undertake the overhaul and maintenance of our locomotives. We welcome new members and supporters to ensure out work continues into the future.


Our current project

We're currently engaged in the overhaul of our Schools Class No.928 "Stowe", a project which involves a lot of expensive boiler work.  If you'd like to support us by making a donation or joining the society please go to the Society page. Here is the latest news page with pictures showing some recent activity with our ongoing restoration of 928 "Stowe"


Work on Stowe's firebox in the workshops at Sheffield Park.