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Friday, 20 May 2016

Merchant Navy Class Locomotive Nameplate Unveiling Event at G&WSR Railway

Heritage Railway News

Steam locomotive, 35006 'Peninsular & Oriental S.N.Co', formerly a workhorse of the Southern Railway, recently starred in naming ceremony at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway, hosted by pop icon, Pete Waterman.

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Nearly 500 people recently attended the unveiling of the former Southern Railway Merchant Navy Class Pacific locomotive, 35006 'Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co', at Toddington, home of the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway following an immense years-long overhaul providing a glimpse of times past and a bygone era.

John McMillan, P&O Locomotive Society chairman, opened the day's proceedings and GWSR's president, celebrity and record producer, Pete Waterman, unveiled the locomotive's nameplate.

One of 30 engines of the class to built, all named after shipping lines that used Southampton Docks, Class 35006 locomotive was salvaged from Dai Woodham's scrapyard in Wales, where she had stood rusting away since her withdrawal in the 1960's, and brought to the GWSR - then in its infancy - in 1983.

Former Southern Railway steam locomotive 35006 seen slowly rusting away in Dai Woodham's scrapyard in Wales.  Fortunately it was eventually rescued and restored and is now doing what it was built to do
35006 in Dai Woodham's scrapyard 

David Brown, a locomotive fireman in the 1960's based at Yeovil, worked P&O's final journey on a mail train from Yeovil to Eastleigh, then returned it to its home depot of Salisbury.

The locomotive will make its public debut at the Cotswold Festival of Steam at the GWSR from 28th to 30th May.

Full details are available on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway website.

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