Thursday, September 22, 2016

a Bulleid 'Pacific' (4-6-2) of British Railways

Number 35010 Blue Star of the Merchant Navy Class which was designed by New Zealander Oliver Bullied who rose up the ranks with British Railways as designer/engineer for Southern Railway.

This was built in 1942 and modified as shown in 1957. Withdrawn 1966, it saved from Barry scrapyard in 1975 and presently stored awaiting full restoration with the British Engineers Steam Preservation Society.

The oil painting by Wallace Trickett shows it at Fleet on a Waterloo to West Country service in the late 1950s.  (The original painting is presently at the Otaki Library on show and is for sale.)

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