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34027 Taw Valley

34027 Taw Valley is a SR West Country Class 4-6-2 'Pacific' designed by Oliver BulleidCME of the Southern Railway (SR). Lighter in weight than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, they could be used on a wide variety of routes including in the south-west of England and the Kent coast. They were a mixed-traffic design, being used for both passenger and freight trains, and were rated 7P6F by British Railways. Originally built with innovative features including air-smoothed casings and chain-driven valve gear, many of the locomotives including 34027 were rebuilt by British Railways in the late 1950s.

 

The modified version is a much more handsome locomotive than the originals in my humble opinion. 

34027 Taw Valley

34027 Taw Valley is a SR West Country Class 4-6-2 'Pacific' designed by Oliver BulleidCME of the Southern Railway (SR). Lighter in weight than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, they could be used on a wide variety of routes including in the south-west of England and the Kent coast. They were a mixed-traffic design, being used for both passenger and freight trains, and were rated 7P6F by British Railways. Originally built with innovative features including air-smoothed casings and chain-driven valve gear, many of the locomotives including 34027 were rebuilt by British Railways in the late 1950s.

 

The modified version is a much more handsome locomotive than the originals in my humble opinion. 

comments (19)

I love how these heritage trains are kept in such good condition. Certainly when they were commercial I am sure they were not treated with such love.
Bill Phillips: In the last days of steam that was certainly true Rob, but in its' heyday the crew lavished great care on their engines
> A good train image with the peops and trees in it too.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Jacquelyn.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Nov 2018, 02:52
The people ad much to this fine image, Bill.
Bill Phillips: all keen to get on board
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Nov 2018, 06:54
Was this one of the original "Spam can" locomotives? If so, I agree with you. This loco and others in its class would often come through Southampton pulling the Bournemouth Belle.
Bill Phillips: Yes they are. I was talking to a driver once and he said that a lot of the drivers actually preferred the unmodified locos.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2018, 07:04
My knees go weak at the very first sniff of these lovely things. Several were shedded at Bath Green Park in the 1950s, and we saw them, on and off, on the S&D right until the end..
Bill Phillips: There are wonderful and the bigger MN class are too
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Nov 2018, 07:14
a very proud machine, well cared for and cleaned up. Next week I'll travel by a steam locomotive.
Bill Phillips: Where are you going Philine?
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 22 Nov 2018, 07:52
A nice image Bill, but where is Turf station?
Bill Phillips: Newmarket I would think Chad....or possibly Cheltenham
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 22 Nov 2018, 09:27
I don't know how to make a proper comment about trains, but I do like the picture, Bill
Bill Phillips: That is all that matters Lisl
Magnificent!
Bill Phillips: She sure is Larry!
  • Anne
  • France
  • 22 Nov 2018, 12:35
Il est superbe!
Bill Phillips: For me one of the best Anne
Great shot Bill, I think I prefer the rebuilt version. Boscastle is almost ready to venture forth after its latetst rebuild at Loughborough very soon, she is also a West Country class. Did you have the boys with you for this visit, if so I bet they enjoyed the day out?
Bill Phillips: The rebuilt ones are my preference too. They just look like small Merchant Navy Locos...which is what they are really. This wasn't the time we took the boys, this was later when I went with a friend of mine
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2018, 13:59
That is a fantastic looking train. I can almost hear the Choo Choo!
Bill Phillips: This class of Locos is one of my favourites. They are very handsome!
I love the idea of travelling in separate compartments on European trains. This one looks to be a beauty.
Bill Phillips: I love the old carriages with a corridor. The West Country Class are great, although the unmodified ones look like a giant tin can!
a wonderful locomotive and a fine composition Bill...

except i would have removed the head on the bottom left....petersmile
Bill Phillips: I would have had to clone it out as to crop the picture would lose too much
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 22 Nov 2018, 21:11
I saw this class of steam engine and many other classes on Southampton station in the late 50’s
Bill Phillips: We saw the WC and BB class at St Davids in Exeter but had to go up to Central station to see the MN
A very handsome locomotive indeed!
Bill Phillips: In my humble opinion one of the most handsome
You are right. Handsome and magnificent!
Bill Phillips: They were one of my favourites in my days of train spotting and they still are
You are right. Handsome and magnificent!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 27 Nov 2018, 01:17
of course all i know is what i've seen in movies, but this scene reminds me of something from a WWII movie

fine capture
Bill Phillips: I know what you mea. Funnily enough there are a lot of WWII weekends on the heritage railways when people all dress up in 40s stuff

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