Welcome to the Little Loco Group’s website, formed in 2017 from members of the Wainwright Villas Gang and supported by the Fenchurch Fund the Little Loco Group aims to help fund & support the overhaul & restoration of the Bluebell Railway’s historic fleet of smaller engines as well as the railway’s collection of pre-grouping engines & projects representing this era of locomotive history. 

In line with these aims and those of the Bluebell Railways Locomotive policy the group aims to help keep an example of one of the two Brighton Terriers & one of the three SECR P tanks in an operational condition at all times.

Our current project is to return SECR No.27 Primrose back into operational service after last steaming in 1974. Once thought as a lost case, since 2017, the group has started a ground up restoration with major components such as the frames and cylinder block having been replaced. All the progress so far has solely been achieved through volunteer labour & funded by the Fenchurch Fund who have raised £45,000 of the predicted £150,000 needed to restore 27 back to working order.

Help us today to continue our pace and make a donation to help us to continue to preserve & keep operational the Bluebell Railway’s smaller fleet of engines.

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