Album: Trainspotting in the 1950s and 1960s and What We Used to Wear
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SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35027 at Southampton Central Station 1964
Southern Railway/BR Bulleid Merchant Navy Class 4-6-2 Pacific No. 35027 'Port Line' arrives with the 'Bournemouth Belle' at at Southampton Station on 10th August 1966. Built at Eastleigh Works, it entered traffic in December 1948. Rebuilt in May 1957, it was withdrawn from 71B Bournemouth shed in September 1964. The loco is preserved and is being restored to mainline standards, by Riley and Son, Bury.
35027 Port Line was one of a batch of ten SR Merchant Navy Class steam locomotives built by the Southern Region of British Railways between 1948 and 1949.
Completed at Eastleigh Works in December 1948, she was named on 24 April 1950 in Southampton Docks. She was shedded at Bournemouth with others of the class such as Canadian Pacific. Along with the rest of the class Port Line was rebuilt by removal of the air-smoothed casing (at Eastleigh in 1957) and this rebuilding made them more like the BR Standard class engines of the time. Two years later she pulled the Royal Train from Windsor to Hamworthy Junction. Last working from Weymouth in 1966, she was withdrawn at the end of steam in 1967 and sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry, South Wales.
The Bournemouth Belle was a named train run by the Southern Railway from 1931 until nationalisation in 1948 (with a break for the war until 1947) and subsequently by British Railways until it was withdrawn on 9 July 1967.
The train, composed of Pullman stock, first ran on Sunday 5 July 1931. It initially ran direct from London Waterloo, leaving at 10:30, to Bournemouth Central, returning at 19:18. The service was later amended to call at Southampton, and extended from Bournemouth Central to Bournemouth West. Journey time was between two hours one minute and two hours twenty minutes, depending on direction, configuration and motive power.
two young trainspotter on the platform in short trousers and jumpers note down the locos number.Date Photo Taken
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Steam Loco Information for SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35027 at Southampton Central Station 1964 - Low Resolution Image
Steam Loco Class Information for SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35027 at Southampton Central Station 1964 - Low Resolution Image
Station Information for SR/BR Bulleid MN Class 4-6-2 No. 35027 at Southampton Central Station 1964 - Low Resolution Image
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