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SR/BR Bulleid Class BB 4-6-2 No. 34072 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

SR/BR Bulleid Class BB 4-6-2 No. 34072 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Southern Railway/BR unrebuilt Bulleid Class Battle of Britain 4-6-2 Pacific No. 34072 '257 Squadron' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Brighton Works, it entered traffic under British Railways in April 1948. It was withdrawn from 71A Eastleigh shed in October 1964 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros of Barry in South Wales. It is preserved by Southern Locomotives Ltd.

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.

In 1984 the Southern Locomotives group who were working on Port Line decided that it would be a good idea to purchase one of the remaining 'Unrebuilt' Bulleid Pacifics still at Barry scrapyard. This decision was made at a time when Port Line was a kit of parts with many years work still to be done. However it turned out to be a far sighted move as by the time Port Line was finished in 1988 the few Bulleid Pacifics remaining at Barry were in a virtually unrestorable state. In November 1984, 34072 was duly delivered to Blunsdon where it remained until moved to Swindon Works in autumn 1987. It is currently based at the Swanage Railway - http://www.swanagerailway.co.uk/

A schoolboy trainspotter in his school uniform of peaked school cap, shirt, tie, blazer, short trousers and knee socks, stands at the front of the engine looking at the other locos in the scrapyard. 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 BB 4-6-2 No. 34072 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class BB 4-6-2 No. 34072 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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