named "BRITISH INDIA LINE"
Bullied designed SR 4-6-2 Pacific Class MN Merchant Navy Class
Heritage & Preserved Steam Locomotive Engines
Technical detail specifications of locomotive 35018:
Boiler pressure of 35018: 250 lbf/sq.in.,
Weight of 35018: loco 97.9 tons, tender 47.8 tons,
Wheel diameter of 35018: 3' 1'', 6' 2", 3' 7",
Valve gear of 35018: Walschaerts, piston valves,
Cylinders (diameter x stroke) of 35018: 18" x 24" (3),
Tractive effort of 35018: 33490 lbf., BR Power classification of 35018: Class 8P
Class MN MERCHANT NAVY BR 35018 BRITISH INDIA LINE is a 4-6-2 Pacific Locomotive, the most powerful express passenger locomotive built for the Southern Railway Region of British Railways. It was built at Eastleigh in 1945 with air smoothed casing but rebuilt by Jarvis, also at Eastleigh, in 1956 to the conventional form with smoke deflectors shown below. 35018 carried the number 21C18 when first built for the Southern Railway.
Merchant Navy Class Pacific 35018 BRITISH INDIA LINE on the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express (Mar 2019)
35018 BRITISH INDIA LINE getting a good head of steam up on leaving Carnforth for Carlisle on the next step of the Winter Cumbrian Express in March 2019.
35018 British India Line is a
preserved SR Merchant Navy Class steam locomotives built by the Southern
Railway at Eastleigh in 1945. 35018 British India Line was one of the
first batch of twenty completed at Eastleigh Works in May 1945. 35018
was first allocated to Nine Elms shed, where it was to remain for most
of its career, under both the Southern Railway and British Railways. In
1960 35018 was re-allocated to Bournemouth's 71B shed, but in the
following year 35018 returned to Nine Elms 70A shed where it was to
remain for the rest of its career with BR. 35018 was withdrawn from
service in August 1964 and was sold onto Woodham Brothers scrapyard in
Barry, South Wales where it arrived in December of the same year.
Rescued from the scrapyard in November 1979, work to restored the
locomotive began in 2012 and British India Line ran under its own steam
on the mainline in May 2017.
In 1979 35018 British India Line was purchased for preservation by Richard Heather and John Bunch, but it was not until 1980 that the engine was moved to the Mid Hants Railway where restoration to full running order was to take place. 35018 was later moved to a site in Portland in Dorset, but again following little work being undertaken on restoring the engine it was moved once again, in 2012, to the former 10A steam shed at Carnforth, Lancashire following purchase by David Smith where 35018 was restored to working order and modern mainline standards.
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