Full steam ahead for her­itage train

Bath Chronicle - - NEWS -

Steam en­thu­si­asts had the chance to catch a glimpse of an iconic en­gine as it made its way through the West Coun­try. The Bel­mond Pul­man, pow­ered by the 35028 Clan Line passed through the re­gion on Wed­nes­day last week, calling at Bath Spa sta­tion be­fore mov­ing past Oldfield Park and Keyn­sham. It then moved on to Bristol, stay­ing there for four hours be­fore mak­ing the re­turn jour­ney with pas­sen­gers who had booked to travel on the ex­clu­sive din­ing train. The Clan Line started haul­ing car­riages on De­cem­ber 23, 1948. Af­ter a re­build in 1959, it then moved on to a south coast line, where it was clocked trav­el­ling at over 100mph. Clan Line was re­tired in 1967 and bought by the Mer­chant Navy Lo­co­mo­tive Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety from Bri­tish Rail for the sum of £3,850. It is now one of their flag­ship lo­co­mo­tives, work­ing the her­itage lines.

Pic­tures: Art Les­niak

The Bel­mond Bri­tish Pull­man train pow­ered by the SR Mer­chant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line lo­co­mo­tive passes through Tw­er­ton Tun­nel in Bath

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