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SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34046 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

 SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34046 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Southern Railway/Bulleid BR Class West Country 4-6-2 Pacific No. 34046 'Braunton' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966. Built at Brighton Works, it entered traffic on 16th September 1946 in full Southern malachite green livery. Rebuilt in January 1959, it was withdrawn from 71B Bournemouth in October 1965.

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.

They were designed to be lighter in weight than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, to permit use on a wider variety of routes, including in the south-west of England and the Kent coast. They were a mixed-traffic design, being equally adept at hauling passenger and freight trains, and were used on all types of services, frequently far below their capabilities. A total of 110 locomotives were constructed between 1945 and 1950, named after West Country resorts and Royal Air Force (RAF) and other subjects associated with the Battle of Britain.

Due to problems with some of the new features, such as the Bulleid chain-driven valve gear, sixty locomotives were rebuilt by British Railways during the late 1950s. This produced a design highly similar to the rebuilt Merchant Navy class. The classes operated until July 1967, when the last steam locomotives on the Southern Region were withdrawn. Although most were scrapped, twenty locomotives found new homes on heritage railways in Britain.

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

34046 Braunton is owned and operated by Locomotive 34046 Ltd. It was restored from scrapyard condition to full working order by West Somerset Restoration at Williton on the West Somerset Railway, where the locomotive ran for some years. It is currently in the process of being equipped and certified for mainline operation on Network Rail.

Date Photo Taken 18/08/1966
Date Uploaded 01/09/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34046 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34046 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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