Join the 35006 Locomotive Society and help keep this mighty Bulleid Pacific steaming [updated 3rd June 2020]
[Update 03/06/2020] Prior to the railway being closed due to Covid-19, 35006 completed its turns on the Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival trains without any incident and performed well. The 35006 Loco Co. Ltd. have also created their own brand new website about 35006 that can be read here.
[Update 18/11/19] It’s been a busy time for the project since the loco finished work for the season in September. A little earlier this month the boiler passed it’s hydraulic test (to 375psi) and has just recently passed its cold internal examination. The testing isn’t quite over yet with a full pressure steam test scheduled for the end of the month. So far the loco has passed every examination without comment, which is a testament to the standard of work undertaken on the boiler during the restoration and to the Reverse Osmosis water treatment plants on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway.
[Update 11/08/19] As per my post here, to commemorate 100 years of the Merchant Navy, and in remembrance of all those from various countries throughout the world that served in the Merchant Navy and who lost their lives during wars, conflicts and campaigns, the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway will be operating 35006 ‘Peninsular & Oriental SN Co’ on Merchant Navy Day – Tuesday 3rd September 2019. She will be suitably decorated for the day with a specially commissioned ‘Merchant Navy’ headboard and flying the Red Ensign flags for the occasion. It is intended to have a brief remembrance service at 9.30 am for members of the Merchant Navy Association, at Toddington station, before pulling the 10am departure for Cheltenham.
[Update 14/07/19] Yesterday evening, 13th July, saw the annual members day event with a dedicated special train purely for members and shareholders of the 35006 Society. It was a chance to ride behind 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co on a private train after No.6 had been in service on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway during the day.
I was also fortunate as Shareholder to have the chance of a ride in the cab, see video below, for the part of the trip. Further information and pictures about the run can be read here.
No.6 is scheduled to be operating again today, Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 18th July before taking a little break.
[Update 08/04/19] The locomotive roster for May on the GWSR is now available and No. 6 P&O is rostered as follows:
Saturday 4th to Wednesday 15th excluding Friday 10th and Monday 13th
Saturday 25th to Thursday 30th, this includes the Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala.
[update 20/12/18] Following from a successful autumn in service on the GSWR No. 6 P&O was due to be rested until new year, however she is now scheduled to be operating from today 20/12/18 (on Santa Specials until 24/12/18) through to January 1st (except Christmas Day). This is due the ex GWR 28xx No.2707 on the GWSR having piston problems.
[update 08/08/18] Following a couple of weekends of service in July and a splendid members evening on the 14th July, with a very spirited run from Broadway back to Toddington, No. 6 required a replacement for a broken front bogie axlebox spring noticed during a routine inspection of the loco.
Particular thanks go to our friends at Southern Locos in Swanage for agreeing to loan us a new replacement spring, thanks also to our Bulleid friends at the Mid Hants, Clan Line, Sellinge and Bridgenorth, for also offering help with a replacement spring ! Changing out the actual spring took just 1 1/2 hours, on the indoor pit. The spring which broke was an original spring fitted by British Rail back in 1959.
35006 is currently restored for steaming this month on 18th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th.
[Update 08/05/18] Due to a new piston ring being needed on Foremarke Hall, 35006 is stepping up to the plate during May and will running services on the following dates: 09, 10, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31.
[Update 05/03/18] It is good to report that 35006 passed her pre-season steam test and boiler examinations last week in readiness for her being rostered on Race Course Charter services between Tuesday 13th and Friday 16th March and on standard GSWR services over the weekend of 17th and 18th March.
[Update 25/09/17] Following her excellent spell in regular service on the GWSR during August, 35006 is booked to be running for (at least) one more weekend this year, with its use confirmed for 21st & 22nd October. The loco is the standby engine until then and with loco availability quite low at the moment, it could be called upon for extra duties. As usual, everything might change at the last minute.
[Update 30/07/17] After a successful spell on the Mid Hants at the beginning of the month for their Summer Gala, commemorating 50 years since the end of steam on the Southern Region, 35006 has returned to the GWSR and is being warmed ready for turns in service this coming week from Tuesday 1st August.
[Update 24/05/17] Good news 35006 was steam tested again yesterday after a couple of repairs and will be available for the GWSR gala this weekend. The original problem was that there was a significant steam leak around the rear relief valve on the right hand cylinder, but whilst testing our other repairs it was found that the Right Hand Mechanical lubricator was not working. With assistance from GWSR staff this has also been repaired.
[19th May 2017] Further to my update of 8th May below, things change quickly, 35006 was additionally steamed and running services on 16/17/18th May but now a problem with a repair carried out to P&O in the early days has caused P&O to be stopped until a new repair can be carried out. The Society will be starting the repair tomorrow, which will most likely require a new machined part and specialist welding, 35006 will not now be running this weekend nor during next week.
[8th May 2017] After a successful steaming in March for a series of Private Charter trains in conjunction with the Cheltenham Races Festival, now allocated dates for her running on the GWRS during May have been released. The steaming dates commence this weekend 13th/14th May followed by the weekend of the 20th/21st and then Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 23rd to 25th may leading up to the GWRS’s Cotswold Festival of Steam over the weekend of Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th and Monday 29th May.
Of course these dates are all subject to the usual caveats of the availability of the loco and other factors on the line itself, so it is best to check before you visit the line.
[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 and 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.
Society membership costs £14 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.