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"They were very pleased when our controller gave them names. Some say he was wrong to do it, it certainly made them cocky. But they do work hard, and I think our controller was right. All engines ought to have names!"
— Stepney, Stepney's Special, Stepney the "Bluebell" Engine

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Bluebell and Primrose
  • Numbers: 323 (Bluebell), 27 (Primrose)
  • Class: SE&CR P class
  • Built: 1909-1910
  • Builder: Ashford Works
  • Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)
  • Configuration: 0-6-0T

Bluebell and Primrose are tank engine twins who live on the Bluebell Railway.

Bio

According to Stepney, they had no names at first so their Controller gave them names. He says it made them over-confident, but they still work hard.

At present, Bluebell is in service after an overhaul, returning in time for the Branch Line Weekend in March 2011; whilst Primrose is out of service awaiting an overhaul.

Basis

Bluebell and Primrose are based upon the South Eastern & Chatham Railway P Class built from 1909-1910 for lightweight passenger trains and later used for shunting.

Livery

Primrose is painted dark green with red and yellow lining and "SE&CR" written on her tanks.

Bluebell was painted blue with white lining with a red nameplate with her name in gold when she was first acquired by the Bluebell Railway. In 1998, she was repainted in the livery she carried in World War I. As of March 2011, Bluebell is currently in a variant of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway pre-war livery, but with blue instead of green and "Bluebell" written in gold letters instead of "SE&CR".

Appearance

Railway Series

Trivia

  • Despite not having faces, Bluebell and Primrose were the first female steam engines to be introduced in the Railway Series.
  • Of the two engines, only Bluebell is currently operational. Primrose is undergoing restoration.
  • In Stepney the "Bluebell Engine", Bluebell is shown in SE&CR pre-World War I livery although she was actually painted blue from 1966 to 1998.
  • Bluebell's ERTL model was in fact Thomas' model merely repainted and with a different smokebox. She was originally going to have her own model. This original (prototype) model had a crew member leaning out of her door. This would have been the only ERTL model to have this feature.
  • Bluebell only carried the name "Bluebell' while in her blue livery.

Merchandise

  • ERTL (Bluebell only; discontinued)

Gallery

Merchandise Gallery


Bluebell Railway
StepneyBluebell and PrimroseAdamsCromfordCaptain Baxter

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