Bulleid original light pacifics - MikeMorant
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This shot, an absolute beauty, has rather a strange history as my friend and I hadn't gone to Eastleigh to photograph this loco in the first place and on top of that this is its first public showing as I never scanned it for use on Fotopic probably because the monochrome version taken with my other camera was easier to scan. The possibly contentious reason for being present for another reason at Eastleigh is that the railtour this engine was going to haul to Weymouth should, according to the railway press at the time, have arrived behind 7029 Clun Castle although that isn't alluded to on the sixbellsjunction web page which simply states that 7029 was superseded by Eastleigh's Standard 5MT 4-6-0 73085 at Basingstoke. Anyway, we were blessed with good weather at Eastleigh which was open-house for the spotters and we photographed Bulleid origianl West Country pacific No. 34019 Bideford both on shed and later on from this vantage point.
The gathering storm clouds presaged the foul weather that 34019 had to endure later on as can be seen in the image taken at Bincombe tummel exit which is on the sixbellsjunction site. The tour was chartered by the Warwickshire Railway Society and had emanated from Birmingham on 5/9/65 behind Peppercorn A1 pacific No. 60145 Saint Mungowhich was the last active member of the class and I have a shot of that leg of the tour which will be uploaded in due course.
[Slide taken by Mike Morant]