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Ivatt ‘2MT’ No. 41312 will be re­turn­ing to the branch it once worked over when it at­tends the Swan­age Rail­way’s ‘Class of ’67’ gala on October 13‑15. The LMS‑de­signed 2‑6‑2T was al­lo­cated to Bournemouth in 1964, from where it worked over both the Swan­age and Lyming­ton branches be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Nine Elms in April 1967, where it spent the last three months of its ca­reer act­ing as Water­loo sta­tion pi­lot. The ‘Mickey Mouse’ tank is one of two vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives at the three‑day event, and will be joined by BR Stan­dard ‘4MT’ No. 80078 (see SR468). The 2‑6‑4T was once res­i­dent on the ‘Purbeck Line’, hav­ing been sold by own­ers South­ern Lo­co­mo­tives Ltd in 2010. It joins Swan­age res­i­dent No. 80104 (cur­rently run­ning as ’67 vet­eran No. 80146), which was ex­pected to have re­turned to ser­vice on Au­gust 30 (see Ros­ter), af­ter the lo­co­mo­tive sus­tained mi­nor dam­age in a low‑speed shunt­ing col­li­sion on July 24. The event marks the first gala ap­pear­ance of ‘Bat­tle of Bri­tain’ No. 34072 257 Squadron, fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of its re­cent over­haul (see page 24). The Bulleid will be joined by Swan­age res­i­dents Maun­sell ‘U’ class No. 31806 and Drum­mond ‘M7’ No. 30053, which will bow out at the gala as its boiler ticket ex­pires on October 31. ●● No. 41312 will also visit the Pon­ty­pool & Blae­navon Rail­way’s ‘Au­tumn Steam Gala’ on Septem­ber 8, where it will line up along­side vis­it­ing ‘42XX’ 2‑8‑0T No. 4270 from the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way. The ad­di­tion of the ‘Mickey Mouse’ tank to the PBR gala brings the num­ber of op­er­a­tional steam en­gines up to four, with res­i­dents RSH ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0‑6‑0ST No. 71515 Mech Navvies Ltd. and An­drew Bar­clay 0‑4‑0ST Rosyth No. 1 also in steam.


Ivatt ‘2MT’ No. 41312 drifts into Corfe Cas­tle on May 9 1964 with a Swan­age-bound train com­prised of a Maun­sell two-coach pull-push set.

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