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Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Wed May 27, 2009 4:12 pm

I felt that this 'work horse' of the Steam Tours and Excursions deserved a Topic of her own, especially in view of how she 'saved the day(s)' during the recent 'Great Britain II' Tour, organised by the 'Railway Touring Company', which ran this year from April 6th to April 13th. This year's event was planned to involve no fewer than NINE different steam locomotives (and was a follow up to last year's, highly successful, 'Great Britain' Tour). The schedule was as follows:
Mon April 6th- No 34067 'Tangmere': London Victoria-Staines-Reading-Newbury-Bristol.
Tue April 7th- No 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' AND No 5029 'Nunney Castle': Bristol-Penzance-Par; and return.
Wed April 8th- No 6201 'Princess Elizabeth': Bristol-Hereford-Chester-Preston.
Thu April 9th- No 46115 'Scots Guardsman': Preston-Tebay-Carlisle-Beattock-Glasgow.
Fri April 10th- 'Black Five' No's 45231 AND 45407: Glasgow-Inverness.
Sat April 11th- No 61994 'The Great Marquess': Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh; and return.
Sun April 12th- 'Black Five' No's 45231 AND 45407: Inverness-Aberdeen-Dundee; No 45407: Dundee-Edinburgh.
Mon April 13th- No 60009 'Union of South Africa': Edinburgh-York. [Diesel hauled from York, back to London].

Unfortunately, on the the 'second leg' on April 7th, 'Nunney Castle' developed a 'hot box' on the tender axle at Newton Abbot, en route to Par. However, 'Tangmere' was in the right location to 'step in' and pilot 'Oliver Cromwell' and complete this section of the Tour and the return journey to Bristol. Furthermore, 'Princess Elizabeth', who was due to haul the 'third leg' on the following day, was unavailable due to repair work at Crewe. Yet again, 'Tangmere' came to the rescue and took over the 'Bristol to Preston' job!
So, as it turned out, far from having the originally booked (fairly easy) run from London to Bristol on Day 1, this remarkable locomotive ended up working the first three days of the tour, clocking up some 1,000 miles, without a break! It is, of course, thanks to the dedication and co-operation of the footplate crews, volunteers and support crew that this was achieved and ensured that 'Great Britain II' went ahead without disruption to the schedule. It is also worth mentioning that, when 'Tangmere' arrived at Preston on April 8th, the tender was virtually swept bare of its' six tons of coal!

[As a post script, John Bunch (the owner of 'Tangmere') also has another locomotive ', ex-Barry Scrapyard 'SpamCan' No 34073 '249 Squadron'. He has been trying to sell this locomotive for over a year now, but without success. The problem now is that he may be forced to break up 34073 should a buyer not be forthcoming in the near future! Any SERIOUS offers please via the 'Steam Railway' magazine office.]

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Wed May 27, 2009 5:39 pm

ooooo - glad you've started this PapaWedgy, after m comment about Tangmere seeming to be everywhere at once!

I've always liked the BoB class - very purposeful and sturdy-looking machines B-)

hoping for lots of PW pictures :D

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Thu May 28, 2009 9:23 pm

Saracenman wrote:hoping for lots of PW pictures :D

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Here's a bit of 'background' to start off with:

‘TANGMERE’: ‘Battle of Britain’ Class Bulleid ‘Light Pacific’

Designed by: Oliver Bulleid (Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Southern Railway) who originally designed the heavier ‘Merchant Navy’ Class of Locomotive (1941) when the Southern Railway, with War looming, was in need of more powerful locomotives. However, these were only suitable for certain routes. When the War was over, the ‘West Country’ Class and ‘Battle of Britain’ Class ‘Light Pacifics’ were introduced (1945) as ‘go anywhere’ locomotives.
‘Tangmere’ was one of three locomotives at a Joint Naming Ceremony held at Brighton Railway Station on 19th September 1947. The locomotives concerned were:-
SR No 21C153 (BR No 34053) ‘Sir Keith Park’
SR No 21C155 (BR No 34055) ‘Fighter Pilot’
SR No 21C167 (BR No 34067) ‘Tangmere’
The Naming Ceremonies was performed by Group Captain Douglas Bader; Wing Commander W.G. Clouston and Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park.

• Southern Railway Number: 21C167
• British Railways Number: 34067
• Built (Brighton Locomotive Works): September 1947
• Renumbered: July 1949
• Shed Allocation:
- Ramsgate (New)
- Stewarts Lane (December 1949)
- Salisbury (May 1961)
• British Railways Power Classification:
- 6MT (from January 1949)
- 7-P5-F (from December 1953)
- 7-P6-F (from November 1957)


Withdrawn from Service: November 1963

Arrived Woodham Brothers Scrap Yard (South Wales): April 1965

Departed Scrap Yard: January 1981, after 15 years and 9 months. This was the 118th Steam Locomotive to leave there, out of the 213 in total saved ‘for preservation’ from Woodham Brothers Scrap Yard (‘Barry Scrap Yard’). ‘Tangmere’ was purchased privately for the Mid-Hants Railway (‘The Watercress Line’). With a full overhaul carried out at Swindon and then at Bury, this was (at that time) one of the most expensive overhauls in railway preservation.


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'Tangmere' at Barry Scrap Yard in June 1976

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'Tangmere' at Bristol in 2004
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Thu May 28, 2009 9:27 pm

it's quite incredible just how much was rescued from Woodhams. all the other scrap dealers had the gas-axe lit as they trundled through the gates - fortunately old man Woodham was short of staff and more concerned with cutting up waggons! \:D/

as with 320's Lightnings - you can't save them all, but at least so many ended up saved for posterity

thanks for the info PapaWedgy. funnily enough, i never knew that the BoBs were genuine Bulleid designs until now! B-)

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Mayfly » Thu May 28, 2009 9:57 pm

at the risk of proving myself dim here I dont understand the different classes of locos - is it down to their power, weight or something else & how do the classes define what 'type' of loco it is?
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Thu May 28, 2009 10:43 pm

all of what you said Mayfly, plus more!

there's loads to it, but in simplistic terms, the classes related to what rolling stock they were expected to haul, at what speed, duration and where etc. most of it is to do with the size and type of boiler and the wheel arrangement. the loco's weight was usually as a result of all of the above - bigger boiler, more wheels etc - heavier loco!

GWR is famous for its very shallow gradients - an obsession of IKB himself - so the engines didn't need as much torque as some of the locos that operated on the East Coast mainline for example. the majority of GWR's express engines had a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement - that is to say, 4 undriven bogey wheels at the front (2 each side), and 6 larger driven wheels (3 each side). the '0' refers to the lack of additional wheels behind the 6 driven ones. that was found to be the best arrangement for the GWR lines. the famous Castles, Halls and Kings were all 4-6-0, but with other boiler/cylinder/power designs

'comparable' LMS express locos had different arrangements, more suited to the lines that they ran on - different gradients, track loadings etc. the LMS Coronation class locos were 4-6-2, similar to GWRs, but with an additional set of wheels behind the driven wheels - 'under the cab'. basic power figures would've been very similar between different locos, but the way that power was translated through to the rails would be vastly different

the sizes of the wheels were vital to gearing, and the number of wheels through which the power could be applied to the track differed vastly across the whole range of locos - it still does, but less obviously these days

much later on, when BR was created, 'one size fits all' class(es) were designed; no longer could locos be designed specifically for one line or another - they'd have to be as universal as possible. this resulted in locos such as the somewhat dull-sounding 9Fs - Evening Star being the last one ever made. 9Fs were arguably the pinnacle of steam design, borrowing the best of designs from all over the country. 9Fs were 2-10-0,with the 10 driven wheels of smaller diameter than previous express locos. designed and built to haul freight, they were excellent passenger haulers too, with massive tractive effort figures, but rarely did so. they would've had a lower maximum speed than passenger-express locos

of course, there were also other classes that worked branchlines, coal depots, shunting yards etc. just as Ferraris are designed as 'express class' cars, lorries could be considered 'freight class' - all are designed to do a specific job, and are therefore divided into classes.

I'd never profess to be a steam expert, and i know I've overlooked many factors here (number and size of cylinders, superheating, blah blah blah) - but i think that gives you a general idea of why locos are given class-classification

i hope it does anyway! :p

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Mayfly » Fri May 29, 2009 7:19 am

Thanks SM as comprehensive as ever....

2 more questions if I may

as I'm completely uneducated in engines, rolling stock etc why were the classes named as such, I can see BoB class could be in honour of the BoB but the others'? and is it a case of knowing your stuff to be able to work out what sort of task the classes were designed for? :)
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Fri May 29, 2009 12:41 pm

Perhaps if I just add a little to Saracenman's excellent summary, which may be of help to you Mayfly.

Pre- Nationalisation of the Railways (on 1st January 1948) there were the 'Big Four' Railway Companies: 'London & North Eastern Region'(LNER); 'London, Midland & Scottish' Railway (LMS); 'Great Western Railway' (GWR, or 'God's Wonderful Railway' as it was affectionately know) and Southern Railway (SR). They each produced their own 'Classes' of locomotive, based upon the general 'Whyte' Wheel Classification; eg: 4-4-2 ('Atlantic'); 4-6-2 ('Pacific') , etc. for the number of wheels for the Front Bogie- Driving Wheels- Trailing Bogie. For instance 'Tangmere' is a Bulleid 'Pacific' as it was designed by Oliver Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) at Southern Railway at the time and has a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement.
The ''Classes' were derived form the basic design of a particular NAMED locomotive. For example: the 'Hall' Class on the GWR ('Eaton Hall'; 'Kinlet Hall', etc) and 'Castle' Class ('Nunney Castle'; 'Pendennis Castle', etc). Similarly on the Southern Railway, Oliver Bulleid designed the 'Merchant Navy' Class ('Port Line'; 'Ellerman Lines, etc), the 'West Country' Class ('Bodmin'; 'Wadebridge', etc.) and, of course, the 'Battle of Britain' Class ('Sir Keith Park'; 'Tangmere'; 'Manston'; etc.). So that, basically, is all there is to it.

As regards power, as Saracenman said, there were 'Power Classification' ratings for the locomotives, given by nationalised British Railways, to indicate the limitations of a particular locomotive to a particular function: for example : P for passenger service; F for freight service and MT for mixed traffic (passenger and freight), plus a number (eg: 9F). The higher the number, the higher the 'power' rating.


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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Mayfly » Fri May 29, 2009 1:29 pm

aha thank you PW, a small light is beginning to glow :D
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Fri May 29, 2009 2:53 pm

34053 wrote:.........to indicate the limitations of a particular locomotive to a particular function: for example : P for passenger service; F for freight service and MT for mixed traffic (passenger and freight), plus a number (eg: 9F). The higher the number, the higher the 'power' rating.

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well i've just learned something! thanks PW - never knew that! :p

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Gully » Fri May 29, 2009 3:40 pm

Mayfly wrote:aha thank you PW, a small light is beginning to glow :D


That'll be the steam train coming through the tunnel towards you... ;) :D

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Mayfly » Fri May 29, 2009 4:09 pm

:)) :)) :))
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Sun May 31, 2009 12:53 pm

34053 wrote:
The ''Classes' were derived form the basic design of a particular NAMED locomotive. For example: the 'Hall' Class on the GWR ('Eaton Hall'; 'Kinlet Hall', etc) ........

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Perhaps I should also have mentioned 'famous' Hall Class No 5792 'Olton Hall', alias 'Hogwarts Castle' in the Harry Potter Films.

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Sun May 31, 2009 2:01 pm

...and in the wrong colour too PW :(
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Sat Aug 22, 2009 2:11 pm

Unrebuilt Bulleid Pacific 34067 'Tangmere' continues to give impeccable service on the Main Line this year and one fairly recent performance in particular rightly deserves a mention here:-

On 9th July, 'Tangmere' was booked on the 'Steam Dreams' London to Weymouth (Clapham Junction-Hounslow-Weymouth-Wimbledon-London Waterloo) 'Cathedrals Express'. The train comprised 11 coaches, plus a 'Class 37' trailing diesel locomotive. 'Unfortunately' the diesel unit 'expired' on the ouward journey, near Maldon Newton. This meant that, not only did 'Tangmere' have to carry out her own 'shunting' duties (which contributed to a 1hr 45min delay leaving Weymouth for the return leg) but also that the 'Battle of Britain' Class steam locomotive had to take on the three miles or so of the (up to) 1 in 50 gradient, out of Weymouth to Bincombe, without the help of the diesel unit's usual shove from the rear! This proved to be no problem for this faithfully reliable 'workhorse' and she went over the top at a respectable 16mph. However, that was not the end of the story because, having been kept (unusually) on the 'Fast Line' by the signals all the way from Southampton back to London Waterloo, an outstanding performance by the locomotive and the footplate crew saw 'Tangmere' make up about 45 minutes from the late running and arrived at London Waterloo 'only' about 65 minutes late! A brilliant performance!!

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Saracenman » Sun Aug 23, 2009 4:39 pm

if that's not the definition of irony i don't know what is! =))

steam - simple, powerful, effective and RELIABLE! :ymapplause:

thanks for that report PW :)

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Wedgy » Thu Nov 26, 2009 6:51 pm

Came through town today \:D/

Shame, on its return it was 2mins early, so wasn't quite ready.

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:30 pm

Good video Wedgy. It's also nice to see the absence of the 'trailing diesel', for a change!

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Roy898 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:53 am

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:07 pm

I thought that now was an ideal opportunity (what with 'Tornado' being out of action until the end of April) to report the good news that 34067 'Tangmere' will be back soon. The 'work horse' of Main line Steam has been out of action for some time now. She has been at Carnforth for much of 2010, undergoing a major overhaul, including repairs to both the Boiler and the Locomotive. The anticipated return to the Main Line is on Saturday 12th February for 'The Valentines Sussex Belle' (London Victoria to Hastings and return) by The Railway Touring Company:

http://www.railwaytouring.co.uk/index.p ... 20211.html

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:05 pm

Thanks P.W!
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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:17 pm

Unfortunately, the bad news is that 34067 was unavailable for her 12th February Excursion. However, the good news is that (fingers crossed!) she will make her long awaited return to the Main Line on Tuesday 1st March (standing in for 'unavailable' 70013 'Oliver Cromwell'). The 'St David's Day Special' will run from London Victoria to Cardiff Central (and return) passing through Wooton Bassett Junction on both journeys. For full details of the Route and Timings, etc, click on the link below:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t11/t0301a.htm

We desperately need a good, reliable, Main Line Locomotive, especially with 'Tornado' out of action 'until the end of April'. 'Tangmere' has always been a reliable 'workhorse' and (following her 'heavy' overhaul at Carnforth) we can hopefully look forward to another 10 years of faithful sevice.

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:25 pm

Oh dear; despite the 'crossed fingers', 'Tangmere' did not haul the 'St David's Day Special' on 1st March. Although the major (10 year) Heavy Overhaul had been completed at Carnforth and she had carried out some 'loaded' runs (carriages attached) I can only assume that futher adjustments were necessary. Locomotive 44932 (LMS Black Five) came to the rescue and hauled this Excursion.

The next scheduled Excursion for 34067 'Tangmere' is 'The Bath and Bristol' on Saturday 19th March. I will let you know the 'Route/Timings' when they are available.

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:16 pm

34053 wrote:The next scheduled Excursion for 34067 'Tangmere' is 'The Bath and Bristol' on Saturday 19th March. I will let you know the 'Route/Timings' when they are available.

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This will now be (hopefully!) the first Main Line Excursion for 'Tangmere' following her major '10 yearly' overhaul at Carnforth. Here are the 'Timings/Route':

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t11/t0319c.htm

You will need to check again, nearer/on the day, in case there are any changes.

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Re: Unrebuilt 'Battle of Britain' Class No 34067 'Tangmere'

Postby 34053 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:20 pm

I have not posted recently under this particular Topic. However, the opportunity has arisen to mention that 'Tangmere' (the 'workhorse' of Main Line Steam) has entered history as being the first steam locomotive to depart from the newly rebuilt St Pancras International Station, in London (the Departure Station for the 'Eurostar' trains to Paris, etc. via the Channel Tunnel). This 'Private Charter' event took place on 15th May this year, with a 'VIP Special' to Canterbury (and return to Kensington Olympia) to celebrate the opening of the 5-Star 'Renaissance Hotel'. This is the refurbished original Midland Grand Hotel (a 'Grade One' Listed Building) at St Pancras Station, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott and opened by Queen Victoria in 1873. A most beautiful building, which had fallen into disrepair internally but now restored to its former glory...and beyond. Use the link below to see some remarkable photos of this Hotel:

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/l ... don-hotel/

This is the link to details of the 'Tangmere' 'VIP Special':

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t11/t0515a.htm

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EDIT 1&2: Note added re: 'Eurostar' trains.
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