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.
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