“Back to Black” The ‘Didn’t quite make its’

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The next locomotive in the series from Simon’s 35005 ‘Canadian Pacific’ is 35006 ‘Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co.’ (usually called P&O!) and is a rebuilt Merchant Navy Class. During its working life it had a very similar life to Canadian Pacific being rebuilt some time in the 50’s. 35005 was of course bought by Steamtown Carnforth and went on to be restored to mainline condition. 35006 on the other hand was quietly moved to Toddington in 1983 where the owning group have been getting on with the mammoth task of restoring her with their heads down. It’s been “nearly ready” for several years now, but it’s expected to be operational by the end of this year, presumably staying on the GWSR. Perhaps when we get connected to the mainline at Honeybourne it may get mainline certification, but that’s a long way off yet, we’ll probably be getting to Honeybourne just as her first boiler ticket has come to an end. P&O is really looking the part now, with new smoke deflectors fitted and her brand new tender top-coated awaiting lining out. I’m not quite sure how much there is left to do, the cab looks pretty good:

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Also Dragged out into the yard at Toddington was recently acquired 28xx class 2874. This locomotive is 2807’s (who sadly couldn’t make it as she was laid up at Tyesley – should be back on GWR metals by the time of reading) younger sister, and didn’t receive the steam pipes modification and still has inside steam pipes unlike 2807. As such, it is likely to be the only member of the class that will ever steam without these modifications. Another locomotive owned by the Dinmore Manor Group, it is their oldest locomotive, and the next in line in the restoration queue, with work already starting. 2874 was bought from the WSR where the group is based, and currently looks like this:

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There are a couple of other locomotives on the GWSR currently not in steam but they weren’t on display, I think at one point the idea was that the shed doors would be open to we could poke our cameras inside but with the horrible weather I’m not surprised they didn’t. What could have been seen though was the NRM’s (4)4027 approaching completion and Foremarke Hall being stripped down before being sent to Tyesley for her ten yearly. In the Northern head-shunt just before Stanway viaduct there is also a locomotive in bits awaiting her turn in the restoration queue, 76077, a British Railways standard class 4. it is currently in bits a several flat wagons, and is not an active restoration project. However if you have some spare change, to the tune of, say, several tens of thousands of pounds, that, I imagine would make people change their minds…

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the little narrow gauge railway, but that was running all weekend and looked quite good from what I saw of it. I think that’s all from me on this gala, I might share some pictures from the upcoming diesel Gala if I’m there, but I’m not really a diesel sort of person, so the most intelligent information you’ll get if I get round to it is “This one’s a blue one, this one’s a green one” etc. Hope you found in interesting and enjoyed it, same time next year?

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2 thoughts on ““Back to Black” The ‘Didn’t quite make its’

  1. Great series of blog posts Alex. Really enjoyed them 🙂 I am actually planning on doing a post looking at the history of 35006 it has a rather surprising history. Had one shed and one tender its whole career amazing for a Merchant Navy

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    • Ahh, didn’t know that, as you say, quite rare for many locomotoves. Look forward to it 🙂

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