A project so far missing from these pages has been the replica of an LNWR ‘Bloomer’ under construction at Tyseley. It is in fact one of the oldest new build projects (perhaps the oldest? New Build Steam is reluctant to stick its neck out and make a definitive claim – it is sure to be hotly contested), apparently dating back to the late 1980s when work began on both this non-working replica and a working locomotive. Perhaps because of its slow pace and pre-internet (not to mention pre-Tornado, it seems) origins, there is little information available online about the project.

Nonetheless work is progressing at Tyseley, albeit when allowed by higher priority projects, and the boiler has been in existence since 1987 (an all-welded steel design). The tender is drawn from several original LNWR examples.

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