Join the 35006 Locomotive Society and help keep this mighty Bulleid Pacific steaming [updated 15th March 2017]
[15th March 2017] Following a winter of maintenance and having successfully passed its annual steam testing earlier this month, 35006 is one of the rostered engines this week 14th to 17th March for a series of Private Charter trains in conjunction with the Cheltenham Races Festival. She will then be then out of service, unless required due to a failure of one the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway’s (GWRS) other engines, until the GWRS’s Cotswold Festival of Steam over the weekend of Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May.
Her first visit to another line has also been announced, as 35006 will be appearing at the Mid Hants Railway Summer gala being held over two weekends in July to celebrate 50 years since the end of Southern steam with a distinctly Bulleid flavour. Over the weekends of 1st / 2nd and 7th, 8th and 9th July she will join Battle of Britain classes 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ , 34081 ’92 Squadron’ and 34052 ‘Lord Dowding’ in service with some of the lines resident fleet of BR standard locomotives.
I have also at long last finished my model of 35006 in her as preserved condition, details of which can be read on my blog post here.
[7th September 2016] The first three months of running service trains during the high season for the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) has now taken place. On the whole this has been a great success with only a couple of issues, which after such a prolonged restoration is to be expected. The first issue was caused by the failure of a seal on one of the tender brake cylinders which was duly replaced and no such trouble repeated itself. The second issue caused 35006 to be taken out of service for a few days as it was causing one of the injectors not to perform, which required the investigation to be carried out when cooled down (that takes up to 48 hours) after a few false dawns and re-steamings (that takes 36 hours) the issue was finnally isolated to the seat on the clack valve which was again fixed and subsequently she performed all that was requested of her.
Congratulations to all the loco operating team at the GWSR and also thanks to other Bulleid Pacific owners whom provided advice and support. The 2016 operating season for scheduled operations is now over unless she is needed as a substitute for another locomotive on the line.
[16th May 2016] following a series of trial runs and loading tests over the last few weeks, today 35006 is renamed (by Pete Waterman, President of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway) and hauls her passenger train for over 50 years for members and shareholders of the 35006 Locomotive Society. A post about the day and further pictures can be read here.
[8th February 2016] The 35006 Society have won the Heritage Railway Association’s John Coiley Award for the restoration of 35006, congratulations to all those involved!
[21st December 2015] 35006 steams again as 3 cylinder locomotive again! Society member Chris Ardy has produced a video of the event. It is understood that at least some of the excess steam was coming from a cylinder pressure relief valve that was opening at too low a pressure.
In December 1941 Merchant Navy class locomotive number 21C6 was rolled out of Eastleigh Works, later to be named Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co. after the famous shipping line. 21C6 was unique amongst the Southern Railway Merchant Navy pacific’s in that she spent her entire working life allocated solely to one shed, namely Salisbury. She was also unusually paired with the same tender throughout too.
After Nationalisation in 1948, 21C6 was renumbered as 35006. All examples of the Merchant Navy class were rebuilt along more conventional lines, with 35006 and 35028 Clan Line being the last two examples to be modified in 1959. In August 1964 it was all over; due for a heavy general overhaul, 35006 was withdrawn and at first cannibalised for spare parts before her sale to Woodham Bros scrap yard at Barry in South Wales.
Thankfully she now is undergoing restoration to full working order by the The 35006 Locomotive Company Ltd based at Toddington, the principal station of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The company is supported by the 35006 Locomotive Society which has approximately 330 members.
[update July 2015] Progress continues to be made, as can be seen from OG47’s image left from Flickr, and it great to be able report that 35006 passed here formal steam test with the insurance company on July 13th 2015. In other news the first of the connecting rods has now been fitted (the one on the firemans’ side) and the loco was moved up and down to check that the piston moved correctly in its cylinder. Work is under way to press the big end bearing into the second rod (the drivers’ side) before tackling the tricky job of getting the middle rod in position.
Society membership costs £12 per year (at the time or writing) and society members receive an excellent quarterly newsletter, which includes a full and detailed report on the progress of the restoration work.
If you would like more details of the project, please write to:
35006 Locomotive Society
12 Cordon Drive,
Powys. SY15 6RE
Further details on the running in service of 35006 can be found on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway website.