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SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35009 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1965

SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35009 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1965 - Low Resolution Image

Southern Railway/Bulleid BR Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Pacific No. 35009 'Shaw Savill' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 12th August 1965. Built at Eastleigh Works, it entered traffic in July 1942. Rebuilt in March 1957, it was withdrawn from 72A Exmouth Junction shed in September 1964. It is preserved at private Site in Bury and stored awaiting restoration, rumored to be rebuilt to original as built condition and to mainline standards.

The SR Merchant Navy class (originally known as the 21C1 class, and later informally known as Bulleid Pacifics, Spam Cans or Packets), was a class of air-smoothed 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotives designed for the Southern Railway of the United Kingdom by Oliver Bulleid. The Pacific design was chosen in preference to several others proposed by Bulleid. The first members of the class were constructed during the Second World War, and the last of the 30 locomotives in 1949.

Incorporating a number of new developments in British steam locomotive technology, the design of the Merchant Navy class was among the first to use welding in the construction process; this enabled easier fabrication of components during the austerity of the war and post-war economies. The locomotives featured thermic syphons and Bulleid's innovative, but controversial, chain-driven valve gear. The class members were named after the Merchant Navy shipping lines involved in the Battle of the Atlantic, and latterly those which used Southampton Docks, a publicity masterstroke by the Southern Railway, which operated Southampton Docks during the period.

Due to problems with some of the more novel features of Bulleid's design, all members of the class were rebuilt by British Railways during the late 1950s, losing their air-smoothed casings in the process. The Merchant Navy class operated until the end of Southern steam in July 1967. A third of the class has survived and can be seen on heritage railways throughout Great Britain.

A trainspotter, Howie Milburn, looks out of the cab window wearing a polo neck shirt and jacket.

Date Photo Taken 12/08/1965
Date Uploaded 07/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35009 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1965 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35009 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1965 - Low Resolution Image



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Tony Vincent said on the 09/12/2014:
I was a fireman at Exmouth Junction until 1965. I started as a engine cleaner at work my to be a fireman. The links I were in was,the MN gang preparing as squaring up. Next was the Exmouth Link with Bimbo Burridge as a driver. My last link was the junior spare with David Canaford as my driver. Your photo brings back many happy memories. Thank you very much Regards Tony.

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