35028 Clan Line Merchant Navy Class
Rebuilt Bulleid Pacific
35028 Clan Line pulling the Torbay Express, seen at Taunton Station...
G4CQM reunited with Clan Line after more than 55 years!
Long before I became a licensed Radio Amateur my hobby was train spotting and model railways. My first locomotive was a Triang TT Gauge Merchant Navy. Yes, 35028 Clan Line! She was then a "Spam Can" with that original air-smoothed body shape! In October 1959, having run 401,005 miles she was rebuilt at the Eastleigh Works to a more conventional BR design and was the last of her class to be converted. In 2017 she lives on thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Merchant Navy Locomotive Preservation Society!
My family and I were blessed to travel on the Torbay Express pulled by 35028 Clan Line! Wow, as we ran parallel to the M5 Motorway in Somerset we were overtaking cars. An experience I shall never forget, 1000 plus passengers pulled by the power of steam! See my daughters HD video as Clan Line leaves for Bristol, the power of a Bulleid Pacific!...
Checking bearings temperatures with a laser aimed digital thermometer!
Clan Line leaves for Bristol...
Clan Line Vs cars on the motorway!
Clan Line pulling the ACE arriving on time at Exeter St Davids Station platform 3...
British engineering at its very best!
At the end of the platform!
Just look at those coupling rods, awesome!
35028 an imposing sight!
Crew member adjusts the VHF radio antenna!
On the footplate, its hot in here!
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