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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:17 pm 
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The new (April 7th - May 4th) issue of Heritage Railway has a half-page feature on the Tyseley Bloomer, which begins "Tyseley Locomotive Works is aiming to complete its long-running new-build LNWR 'Bloomer' 2-2-2 replica in two years'time." Lets hope it isn't a late-running April 1st item.


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:47 pm 
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These stories about the Tyseley Bloomer keep appearing in magazines - three or four so far. But there is never any clear and unambiguous statement about it actually from Tyseley.

There's an abundance of rumours about their aims & intentions, but no hard facts.

So I shall wait and see.


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:06 pm 
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This one looks to be from Tyseley, and to be reasonably clear and unambiguous Harry. It includes the following statements :-

"The project has been boosted by a substantial gift of money which, hopefully, will enable the single driving wheel (sic) to be ready in time for this year's September 16-17 open day."

"Tyseley is planning to launch an appeal for around £150,000 to complete the 'Bloomer' in 2019...."

"Completion of the 'Bloomer' is now included in Tyseley's vision for the future....."

"Tyseley's chairman Michael Whitehouse said 'Once it is working then we can....work towards building it an appropriate home at Tyseley and a train of carriages to go with it, and getting it in a condition whereby it can be run on the national network on special occasions.' One such occasion could be the opening of HS2 into Curzon Street he said."

Let's hope for the best.


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 1:19 pm 
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Thanks Jim. The whole article can be seen on the National Preservation website under Steam Traction and Tyseley Single Wheeler.

That mention of "the single driving wheel" is very odd. It must be nearly 20 years ago that I last saw both driving wheels, on their crankshaft, standing outside in the rain at Tyseley. They had previously been under the engine, so I guess more work on them was needed; maybe that is what the "substantial gift of money" could be used for. But it is all so very vague.

The "train of carriages to go with" the Bloomer perhaps means the four-wheelers that were planned with bodies made to fit some (six?) old wagon frames. For this I did some outline drawings of carriage bodies - in what might pass for LNWR style of about 1860 - but that was almost 30 years ago. If the Tyseley people really are serious about making carriages, I'd suggest they seek advice from our L&NWRS carriage specialists. There's been a lot of research on early vehicles since I had a go.


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:41 am 
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Is any of this on a website? Tyseley's website is very difficult to navigate and is all about running trains or raising money. I can't even see a list of what locos and stock they have and no mention of the Bloomer at all. Anyone give me a useful link please?

Mike


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:44 pm 
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The only reference I can find on Tyseley's website is down in the lengthy Defiant appeal, which gives very careful instructions about how to send money to help restore yet another of the GWR Castle class. In passing it mentions "670, the reproduction Bloomer" which is part of the "Tyseley Collection", and now "owned by 7029 Clun Castle Ltd."

Nothing else.

Harry.


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 Post subject: Re: Replica Bloomer
PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Sadly I was unable to attend the Kidderminster event on Saturday, but from reports of Michael Whitehouse's talk it seems that the completion of the working replica Bloomer locomotive has now been subsumed into a much bigger scheme.

So Tyseley's estimates of the money required have risen from £60,000 in June 2009, to a sum "close to six figures" in June 2012, to £150,000 in August 2016 - and now, under their newly envisioned and elaborate proposals, to "around half a million pounds".

If that really was the answer to "What's next for the Bloomer?" all I can say is that I'm still sorry I missed the other talks, people and exhibits at Kidderminster.


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