Seven years ago, after a break away from heritage railways of several years I made a trip to Ropley loco yard, on the Mid Hants Railway. Locomotive yards had always been places that I’ve loved, places where you can find a number of steam engines in one place. On this particular day two locomotives really stood out from the crowd. The first was one of Gresley’s thoroughbreds, A4 Pacific 60019 Bittern. Of equal presence however was a powerful machine that was more fitting for a Hampshire location, no other than rebuilt Merchant Navy class 35005 Canadian Pacific. Seeing this magnificent steam engine had a lasting impression on me.
In the intervening years, my love of loco yards; the nerve centres of steam railways has led to the creation of this blog and the rest is history!
Now seven years later I’m happy to announce that I will be starting a new career in heritage railways, working as a Project Supervisor on the Watercress Line! The Project that’ll be the focus of my job is no other than the overhaul of the aforementioned Merchant Navy class locomotive 35005 Canadian Pacific! This locomotive is hardly a stranger to this blog, as thanks to Simon, 35005 has it’s own web page where its strip and inspection has been chartered for some time through his excellent volunteer diary.
These are exciting times! At present I’m not sure how this blog will link to updates that will be published on the Watercress Line, but needless to say, locoyard followers will be kept up to date!
We still have to raise another £605,000 for the £1.5million CanPac project. The project will see not just the overhaul of 35005 Canadian Pacific but also 2 wooden Bulleid coaches. The boiler work alone is expected to exceed £100,000; so anything you can give will be gratefully appreciated, no matter how small you think it might be.
Both links take you to the Mid Hants Railway Website which is where you can find out more information on how you can help. Thank you.