It wont be a big surprise to regular readers that my latest post is about a Merchant Navy class locomotive but unlike most of them this isn’t about 35005 Canadian Pacific but rather her younger sister 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co. The project team were pleased to announce that on Wednesday 11th March, P&O passed its boiler inspection Part A (the cold exam). Part B test will take place in a few weeks time, during which we will have to demonstrate working injectors and have all 3 safety valves lifting (at the same time!). This is a very important step forward for the project and hopefully means this 30 year restoration is almost complete.
I have recently become a member of the society and am applying to become a shareholder in the locomotives owning company so expect lots of posts on her over the next couple of years. 35006 is owned by “The 35006 Locomotive Company Ltd”, which was specially created for the purpose of enlarging ownership of the loco and so raise funds for the restoration work. The 35006 Locomotive Company Ltd has no connection with the P&O shipping company, after which the locomotive is named. The company exists to restore the locomotive to full working order, with a view to it once again pulling trains.
No dividend has been paid on shares, and it is not the intention of the board of directors to pay a dividend in the future, all funds going toward the restoration and subsequent operation of the locomotive.
The company is supported by the 35006 Locomotive Society which has approximately 330 members. Society members work as volunteers, performing the physical task of restoring the locomotive, they also undertake administration and fund raising duties.
Society membership costs £12 per year and society members receive a quarterly newsletter, which includes a full report on the progress of the restoration work.
If you would like more details of the project, please write to:
35006 Locomotive Society
243 Botley Road,
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