FIVE Bulleid Pacifics have been confirmed as attending the Swanage Railway’s ‘Strictly Bulleid’ event between March 31 and April 2, the largest such gathering seen in preservation to date.
The line-up so far features Oliver Bulleid’s ‘Light Pacifics’ in both original air-smoothed and rebuilt forms, with all five working to an intensive timetable to help the railway celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of Southern steam.
Giesl ejector-fitted ‘West Country’ No. 34092 City of Wells will journey south from its current home at the East Lancashire Railway, where it will join fellow ‘Spam Can’ – Southern Locomotives Ltd’s (SLL) ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34070 Manston – which is entering its final season in service at Swanage before overhaul.
A third air-smoothed example, ‘West Country’ No. 34081
92 Squadron, has also been confirmed as attending, the loco’s second visit away from the Nene Valley Railway since the completion of its overhaul at Wansford in January.
Read more in February’s issue of The RM – out now!