Full steam ahead for heritage train
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.
The Belmond British Pullman train powered by the SR Merchant Navy Class 35028 Clan Line locomotive passes through Twerton Tunnel in Bath