35006 P&O back in business!

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation ūüėČ ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony. When I…

35006 Peninsular and Oriental S.N. Co. Moves!

Today we have received some fantastic news.¬†35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co. moved for the first time under its own steam in 51 years.¬†35006 becomes the fourth Merchant Navy class to be returned to working order in preservation and is currently the only one in serviceable condition.¬†Other Sister locomotives that have run in preservation¬†(35005 Canadian…

35006 passes her steam test!

Good evening, Tonight we are pleased to report that yesterday 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co, passed her formal steam test with her insurance company. She has had a few trial steamings of her boiler over the last few months, enabling a number of minor niggles to be identified and corrected.This is a very significant…

Full Steam Ahead for Canadian Pacific and the MHR

Today the Heritage Lottery Fund announced that the Mid Hants Railways “Canadian Pacific – engineering a future from the past” bid has been successful in its application for funding. The project to overhaul the railway‚Äôs flagship steam engine Merchant Navy class No. 35005 ‚ÄėCanadian Pacific‚Äô and restore two wooden framed Bulleid carriages will provide employment…

35006 One Step Closer

Good evening, 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…

Stories from the Atlantic Coast Express

Good evening, As part of the Mid Hants “Canadian Pacific – Engineering a Future from the Past” project (if the Heritage Lottery grant is successful) they will be creating a historic record (oral, video and displays) of how steam trains were used for¬†evacuations from London in the Second World War, immigrants travelling from Southampton in…

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

  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…