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35001 - Channel Packet

Post by 35005CP on Thu May 21, 2009 8:49 am



Well this has to be discussed - Channel Packet, built in June 1941..

The start of something great this loco. Where did she reside shed wise and When was she converted?

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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by 34070 Manston on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:26 am

Andy,

Sorry I can't help shed-wise.

She was rebuilt in August 1959 having clocked up 807,318 miles. She was withdrawn in November 1964 with 1,095,884 miles, and cut up the following year by Birds ( Swansea )

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Post by 35005CP on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:53 am

From what I have found, it appears she was an Exmouth Jct loco? Although I cant say this is definate?
But did she remain there throughout her whole working life?

Appears she was converted in August 1959.... And she used to be in Wartime Black livery! Would love to see a picture of this, if anyone has a picture?

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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by 35013 Blue Funnel on Fri Jul 10, 2009 8:56 pm

Had a very memorable trip on this engine with the late Gordon Porter on a down boat train. She was as rough as a bears bum but she steamed like a gud un. My abiding memory is of hurtling through Surbiton the valves lifting and Gordon remarking that he'd not seen a fire like that since he was a stoker. I know several of you hold Gordon in high regard - a sentiment I agree with - he was a geuninely nice guy to fire for - knotted hanky and all.
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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by johnc on Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:47 pm

The allocation of this engine from the 1950's was (as far as I can establish):

Till 1/57: Exmouth Junc
1/57 - 5/59: Stewarts Lane
5/59 - 8/64: Nine Elms
8/64 - 12/64: Bournemouth
Then withdrawn

These dates are approximate.

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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by 35005CP on Tue May 04, 2010 3:34 am

I wonder why this loco was never preserved? As by all accounts a good loco?

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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by 35005CP on Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:42 am

It appears as though Channel Packet has been brought back from the dead!! Except not on the same scale. News here;

http://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/news/eastleigh-naming-for-miniature-channel-packet

Looks a lovely model miniature and good to see they have constructed this as acurately as possible!

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Re: 35001 - Channel Packet

Post by Nickt on Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:00 pm

35005CP wrote:I wonder why this loco was never preserved? As by all accounts a good loco?

I know you can't have too much of a good thing, but MN fans can hardly claim that they are under-represented in preservation.

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