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SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34010 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34010 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Southern Railway/BR rebuilt Bulleid Class West Country 4-6-2 Pacific No. 34010 'Sidmouth' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Brighton Works, it entered traffic in September 1945. Rebuilt at Eastleigh works Jan 1959, it was withdrawn from 71A Eastleigh shed in March 1965 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros of Barry in South Wales. It was rescued and is now preserved by Southern Locomotives Ltd. It is currently based at the Swanage Railway where it is under restoration - http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/

34010 Sidmouth is Southern Locomotives' second oldest loco; only Norman is older. It was the tenth Light Pacific to be built, in September 1945, and ran on BR until withdrawn in March 1965 when it was moved to Barry scrap yard. There it lay until 1982 when it was bought by Mr Graeme Walton-Binns and moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The plan was that the NYMR would restore the loco and use it on the line, however the resources to do this proved to be unavailable. After 15 years at Grosmont it was offered to two SLL supporters, Norman Taylor and Peter Wood, though it was finally acquired by SLL and moved to Sellindge in 1997 where work commenced.

Although separately called 'West Country' and 'Battle of Britain' Classes, there were no design differences, the locomotives being identical, apart for their names.

The SR West Country and Battle of Britain classes, collectively known as Light Pacifics or informally as Spam Cans, are air-smoothed 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives designed for the Southern Railway by its Chief Mechanical Engineer Oliver Bulleid. Incorporating a number of new developments in British steam locomotive technology, they were amongst the first British designs to use welding in the construction process, and to use steel fireboxes, which meant that components could be more easily constructed under wartime austerity and post-war economy.

A schoolboy trainspotter in his school uniform of peaked school cap, shirt, tie, pullover, short trousers and knee socks, can be seen climbing up the tender's ladder at the rear of the loco. By 1966, school caps and shorts were no longer worn by the vast majority of boys, only public and grammar schools hanging on to them.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 11/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34010 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34010 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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