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SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34105 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966

SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34105 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Southern Railway/BR unrebuilt Bulleid Class West Country 4-6-2 Pacific No. 34105 'Swanage' at Woodham Brothers scrapyard, Barry, Wales on 18th August 1966.

Built at Brighton Works, it entered traffic in March 1950. It was withdrawn from 71A Eastleigh shed in October 1964 and sold for scrap to Woodham Bros of
Barry in South Wales. It was rescued in March 1978 and is now preserved on the 'The Watercress Line', the marketing name of the Mid-Hants Railway http://www.watercressline.co.uk. It is currently undergoing Mainline Standard Restoration. New smokebox has been constructed and the cab is being rebuilt. Wheels and boiler now removed. It also retains her original innovative design features such as air smoothed casing and steam reverserand has retained a high sided tender with raves up to roof level to stop coal from falling over the side.

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, short trousers and knee socks, stands on the engine in front of the smokebox. 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 12/07/2014
Image Owner/Copyright Howie Milburn
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Steam Loco Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34105 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image

Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid Class WC 4-6-2 No. 34105 at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard 1966 - Low Resolution Image


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