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photoblog image Swanage Railway - Norden 4/7

Swanage Railway - Norden 4/7

Ex SR 4-6-2 “West Country” Class Pacific No.34028 Eddystone stands at Norden after arriving from Swanage with a late morning passenger train. This was the only train to arrive with the locomotive tender first while we were there. No 21C128 Eddystone was built at Brighton Works by the Southern Railway in April, 1946 and went straight into traffic from Ramsgate where it took up regular duties on the Kent Coast services to Victoria and Cannon Street. Following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, Eddystone was renumbered 34028 and was re-allocated to Exmouth Junction. It soon appeared on that depot's top-link duties such as the Atlantic Coast Express and the Devon Belle which it worked as far as Salisbury. Eddystone was one of the first Bulleid light pacifics to be rebuilt in 1958 and was then transferred to Bournemouth where it worked services over the main line betweeen Weymouth and Waterloo. It was also a regular performer on the Somerset and Dorset route to Bath. During this period it was often photographed on the most famous of the S & D trains, the Pines Express. In 1962 it was transferred to Eastleigh and in April of the following year it worked a Southampton FA Cup special through to Birmingham Snow Hill. In 1964 Eddystone had the dubious honour of being the first rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific to be withdrawn. Eddystone is owned by Southern Locomotives Ltd and has been running regularly on the Swanage Railway since 1999.

Swanage Railway - Norden 4/7

Ex SR 4-6-2 “West Country” Class Pacific No.34028 Eddystone stands at Norden after arriving from Swanage with a late morning passenger train. This was the only train to arrive with the locomotive tender first while we were there. No 21C128 Eddystone was built at Brighton Works by the Southern Railway in April, 1946 and went straight into traffic from Ramsgate where it took up regular duties on the Kent Coast services to Victoria and Cannon Street. Following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948, Eddystone was renumbered 34028 and was re-allocated to Exmouth Junction. It soon appeared on that depot's top-link duties such as the Atlantic Coast Express and the Devon Belle which it worked as far as Salisbury. Eddystone was one of the first Bulleid light pacifics to be rebuilt in 1958 and was then transferred to Bournemouth where it worked services over the main line betweeen Weymouth and Waterloo. It was also a regular performer on the Somerset and Dorset route to Bath. During this period it was often photographed on the most famous of the S & D trains, the Pines Express. In 1962 it was transferred to Eastleigh and in April of the following year it worked a Southampton FA Cup special through to Birmingham Snow Hill. In 1964 Eddystone had the dubious honour of being the first rebuilt Bulleid Light Pacific to be withdrawn. Eddystone is owned by Southern Locomotives Ltd and has been running regularly on the Swanage Railway since 1999.

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Feb 2013, 00:30
She's a very competent -looking loco, Brian, and you caught her well.

Fireman... "...eerrrr, Bill...didn't we have a string of carriages behind us when we left the station?"

Driver... "Umh...bugger!"
Brian Walbey: Lol. A very powerful express passenger type of loco Ray. BTW they had just pulled forward from the train in the platform.
  • Frances
  • United States
  • 28 Feb 2013, 01:49
Great capture of a powerful machine Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frances, these are very powerful engines.
The cows don't seem to mind the train.
Brian Walbey: There are a lot of trains every day so the cows get used to it I suppose.
So even the big boys gate-crash down into Swanage ... Thank goodness for the Standard Gauge
Brian Walbey: Yes a fine looking engine this one.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Feb 2013, 08:40
Lovely things: they make me go week at the knees! I think this one was used as a stationary boiler at Eastleigh works after withdrawal, and that, somehow, helped it to survive
Brian Walbey: At least it did survive Chris. Good looking engines, I prefer them without the "spam-can" panels to be honest.
These and the Merchant Navy class are still some of my favourites.
Brian Walbey: Yes I like them also Bill, although I think i prefer them like this rather than with the "spam-can" covering.
Great shot Brian and good to hear she is still going strong
Brian Walbey: Very pleasing to see these old engines still working.
She's looks very festive painted in those green & red colours, Brian; a real beauty. An added bonus with those grazing cattle in the field.
Brian Walbey: This is the colour scheme she probably ran in during her last working years on the national network.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Feb 2013, 16:53
Oh, you made some SC'rs happy today, for example Chris or Alan - I am impressed, too!
Brian Walbey: Chris and Alan would have seen engines just like this when they were boys where they lived.
  • Chad Doveton
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 28 Feb 2013, 17:55
Another attractive engine Brian.
Brian Walbey: Fine looking workhorse isn't she.
Ohhh, thats a beauty, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Fine looking engine isn't she Frank.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2013, 18:57
Super locomotive. Nice shot Brian.
Brian Walbey: Fine looking engine isn't she John.
340228 is a beauty Brian! Superb capture.
Brian Walbey: She definitely is Richard, thanks.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Feb 2013, 21:11
There's a fine history to accompany such a fine locomotive. I wonder if I saw this coming through Southampton in my train spotting days? The Atlantic Coast Express and the Pines Express conjure all sorts of thoughts of grand travel the expresses. She looks good here.
Brian Walbey: You might well have seen her Alan.
Excellent composition & capture. Brian 1964 was a great year!!The year I was born! ;D
Brian Walbey: Thanks Sue. You are 20 years younger than me, let's see that makes you .......smile
A real beauty, Brian. There's some power there.
Brian Walbey: Beautiful engine isn't she, and yes, very powerful.

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