‘U-BOAT’ SLIPS HAR­BOUR… 31806 PRE­PARES FOR MAIN LINE DE­BUT

Steam Railway (UK) - - Down Main -

So, the ‘U-Boat’… if ev­ery­thing’s gone to plan, a key stage in one of the most an­tic­i­pated small­ish-en­gine re­turns for years will al­ready have hap­pened when you read this. I’m talk­ing about ‘Mogul’ No. 31806 prov­ing it­self by stretch­ing its legs across the South­ern. The Maun­sell en­gine was ex­pected to ven­ture onto the net­work in the week af­ter the Swan­age Rail­way’s gala on March 23-25, for a day of tri­als ex­pected to take it round Dorset, haul­ing some of the ‘Purbeck Line’s’ Mk 1s, with Class 33 No. D6515 (33012) ‘top-and-tail­ing’. Th­ese prepa­ra­tions set No. 31806 up for its role in this year’s ‘Great Britain’ in late April. With that, it be­comes only the sec­ond ‘U’ to run on the net­work in preser­va­tion – the other hav­ing been No. 31625 around 20 years ago. As for No. 31806, it last did that in 1964.

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