'Merchant Navy Class' No 35018 'British India Line'

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'Merchant Navy Class' No 35018 'British India Line'

Postby 34053 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:01 pm

This Steam Locomotive was built at Eastleigh Works, in Hampshire, in 1945. In 1956 it was the very first of the 'Merchant Navy Class' Locomotives to be 'Rebuilt' (removal of its 'Air Smoothed Casing'; change from 'chain driven' Valve Gear to 'conventional' type; etc; etc). Withdrawal came in August 1964 and the Locomotive (fortunately) consigned to the Woodham Brothers Scrap Yard at Barry, South Wales, arriving in December that year. In March 1980 it became the 110th Locomotive (out of the total of 213) to leave that Scrap Yard for 'Preservation'.

Initially, 'British India Line' went to the Mid-Hants Railway ('The Watercress Line') where it was partially Restored in the 1990's. For the past ten years, however, it has stood in the Yard of South Coast Steam Ltd, in Portland, Dorset. In April this year, the Locomotive was purchased by West Coast Railway Company (one of the Main Line Steam operators) and moved to their Depot in Carnforth (the former 'Steamtown' Railway Museum). It is hoped that work will start on continuing with the Restoration of 35018, following the completion of WCRC's current Project (the Restoration of Stanier 'Jubilee' 45699 'Galatea').

When completed, this Locomotive will be 'Main Line' registered and so we can look forward to another 'Merchant Navy Class' Bulleid 'Pacific' on Steam Excursions around the Country.

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Re: 'Merchant Navy Class' No 35018 'British India Line'

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:31 pm

Looking forward to it Ray! ;)
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Re: 'Merchant Navy Class' No 35018 'British India Line'

Postby Ipso » Wed Jul 11, 2012 11:32 am

You can never too many merchant navy class on the main line!
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