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Post by Nickt on Fri Jun 25, 2010 2:42 am

I thought that we should kick off a thread about Eddystone, as one of the small number of Bulleids in regular use at present. There's a bit on the SLL website about 28's service on BR, but no logs or anecdotes:

http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/34028/34028_BR_Service.html

Likewise a number of photos on the SLL galleries:

http://southernlocomotivesltdphotogallery.fotopic.net/c1739744.html

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by Nickt on Mon Sep 20, 2010 5:13 am

For anyone interested, Eddystone will be hauling a private driving charter special on Wednesday 22nd September. It's called the Dorset Drum Express and is sponsored by Coombe Castle International Ltd, who sell English cheese around the world. Dorset Drum is one of their products, and comes from a farm near Blandford. There's more information in this link:

https://sites.google.com/site/dorsetdrumexpress/


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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 34028 on Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:23 pm

I seem to remember seeing a pic/video of Eddystone on the S & D, can anyone confirm this or am I finally losing my marbles?

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by Nickt on Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:09 am

34028 wrote:I seem to remember seeing a pic/video of Eddystone on the S & D, can anyone confirm this or am I finally losing my marbles?

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Well it did particpate the the S & D recreation event on the Bluebell in 2003.

http://southernlocomotivesltdphotogallery.fotopic.net/p60557212.html


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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 34028 on Sat Oct 23, 2010 11:41 pm

34028 wrote:I seem to remember seeing a pic/video of Eddystone on the S & D, can anyone confirm this or am I finally losing my marbles?

Pete

Found it! It's in Peter Smiths book "Mendips Engineman" showing 34028 piloted by 73051 on the down Pines express.

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by MrHillingdon on Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:13 am

I managed a visit to Swanage last Thursday specifically to spend a day in the company of 34028. In spite of leaving home at 05:15 a most enjoyable time was had and I managed to grab a few photos of 34028 on the railway which can be seen here http://paulgildersleve.smugmug.com/PaulGilderslevePhotography/Swanage-Railway-Thursday-23rd/24956863_4XzK4s#!i=2044723053&k=ctJBLH3

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 34028 on Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:46 am

How long before Eddystone is due for overhaul? Can anyone tell me please?

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 35005CP on Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:54 pm

Next year I believe? Going by the SLL website. I am sure Nickt can tell us more? I do vaguely remember Eddystone receiving some remedial work; so maybe the next overhaul won't be as lengthy?

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by MrHillingdon on Fri Oct 12, 2012 12:43 am

Last week I went to Swanage and as a SLL shareholder I was privileged to be given the opportunity to drive 34028 which was quite fantastic! As a bonus 34070 was in action working the service trains. My photos from the day can be seen here http://paulgildersleve.smugmug.com/PaulGilderslevePhotography/Swanage-Railway-Thursday-4th/25760786_QrVpS5#!i=2130744448&k=KKSB553

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by Nickt on Wed Jul 23, 2014 6:45 pm

Eddystone's ticket expires on 17th August 2014. It will be in service on Swanage Railway pretty much every day until then, and on its final day it will also run the evening service, normally a DMU. After withdrawal the boiler is likely to be lifted and sent north for overhaul, but the work on the frames and motion will mostly need to wait until 34072 257 Squadron has been completed, hopefully mid 2015. So with luck Eddystone will be back in service some time in 2017. All this will take a lot of work and money, and as ever your assistance and support is welcomed.

Meanwhile a group of the volunteers arranged a "playday" on 21st July to enjoy the loco while it's still in service.

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 35005CP on Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:35 pm

With only 4 more days to go before it's Overhaul here are some recent pictures of Eddystone. Apparently a new Tender Tank will be made as part of the Overhaul.

https://picasaweb.google.com/116839141471298057728/50SLLAtSwanage201314?feat=content_notification#6046929570494071426

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by Nickt on Thu Aug 14, 2014 8:55 pm

Two tender tanks have been ordered, one for the name frames under construction at Herston and the other for the frames of Eddystone's current tender. It's not certain which will run with Eddystone and which will go with 257 Squadron, which should re-enter service in about a year from now. The choice will be determined by the rate of progress; obviously getting 257 Squadron back into service asap is the main issue. They'll both be cut-down versions.

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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by Nickt on Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:20 am

Here are a few photos of Eddystone's last day in service starting here: https://picasaweb.google.com/116839141471298057728/50SLLAtSwanage201314#6048868128364797058

SLL has launched an appeal to help fund 30428's 10 year overhaul, which will include some major boilerwork.

http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/34028/34028_Appeal.html



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Re: 34028 Eddystone

Post by 35005CP on Tue May 24, 2016 12:55 am

This is some really excellent news regarding Eddystone. Link is here; http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/news.html

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