Eastleigh ‘Merchant Navy’ in traffic

EASTLEIGH Lakeside Steam Railway’s new 10¼in-gauge loco – re-built Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 35004 Cunard White Star – was officially named on December 3.

No. 35004 Cunard White Star during its launch at the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway on December 3. Pictured (left) is ELSR owner Clive Upton, with Paul Atterbury on the loco, and builder Jesse Moody (right). The standard gauge No. 35004 was built in the nearby SR Eastleigh Works in 1941. It was re-built there in 1958, withdrawn in October 1965, and cut up at the works by Cohen’s. PICTURE: LIONEL KAY

A small ceremony was attended by the deputy mayor of Eastleigh, Coun Sollitt and her escort, Roy Sollitt; guest of honour Paul Atterbury, an expert on BBC TV’s Antique Roadshow; and members of the public.

Following a short speech, Mr Atterbury unveiled the 4-6-2, built by Jesse Moody, which then worked its maiden passenger train of guests.

No. 35004 has been completed in less than three years and follows on from original-condition Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ No. 21C1 Channel Packet, also built by Mr Moody, to the same scale of 2¼in to 1ft (1:5.33) in 2011.

Read more in January’s issue of The RM

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