Locomotive No.6 "Blickling Hall"History
The locomotive is a 2-6-2 tender locomotive. She was designed by Mark Watkins and built specifically for the railway by Winson Engineering and delivered to the railway at Easter, 1994.
In 2001, a thorough overhaul commenced on the locomotive and she was finally returned to traffic in late 2004.
The work included new cylinders, smoke deflectors, multi jet 'Lempour exhaust' and other modifications which have made this the most economical tender engine on the line.
The design is inspired by the Indian Railway 'ZB' class of locomotive.
No.6, although a half sized replica of the 'ZB' locomotive, she has two thirds of their original tractive effort.
The locomotive is named Blickling Hall after the Jacobean Mansion just outside Aylsham and now owned by The National Trust. Blickling Hall was the family home of the Boleyn family and may have been the birth place of Anne second wife of Henry VIII
Following a major overhaul the locomotive returned to traffic in Spring 2017.
The locomotive is owned by the Bure Valley Railway. Technical details
Gauge: 15 inches
Length: 28 feet
Width: 4 feet, 6 inches
Height: 5 feet, 7½ inches
Working Weight: 13 tons
Coal Capacity: 15 cwt
Water Capacity: 2,000 Litres (440 gallons)
Wheel Arrangement: 2-6-2
Driving Wheel Diameter: 24 inches
Boiler Pressure: 180 psi
Boiler Diameter: 24 inches
Firebox grate area: 5½ feet ²
Cylinder Size: 7 inch diameter by 11 inch stroke
Valve diameter: 3½ inches
Nominal Tractive Effort: 3,436 Ibs
Valve Gear: Walschaerts
Livery: The loco is painted Lined Great Eastern Railway Blue