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On 31 August 2013 a recommissioning ceremony was held at [[Kidderminster]] attended by three aircrew who served during the Battle of Britain and the New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith. The return to [[Kidderminster]] saw the New Zealand High Commissioner on the footplate. The ceremony welcome pack can be viewed [http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/SKP_Welcome%20Pack.pdf here].
 
On 31 August 2013 a recommissioning ceremony was held at [[Kidderminster]] attended by three aircrew who served during the Battle of Britain and the New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith. The return to [[Kidderminster]] saw the New Zealand High Commissioner on the footplate. The ceremony welcome pack can be viewed [http://www.southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/SKP_Welcome%20Pack.pdf here].
  
In August 2017 the SVR announced it had mutually agreed with [[Southern Locomotives Limited|SLL]] that the option to renew would not be actioned at the end of 2017, with 34053 moving to the Swanage Railway for the rest of the locomotive's certificate.<ref>[https://www.svrlive.com/34053-sir-keith-park SVRLive 23 August 2017]</ref> SKP ran her last SVR services on 2 January before winter maintenance works and her move to Swanage on 10 January 2018.<ref>SVR News 200</ref> 34053 recorded a total of 41,405 miles in preservation on the SVR. The reported total may include mileage on hire to other railways while resident here<ref>SVR News 210, SVR-based Steam Locomotive Mileage 2017-2019, Duncan Ballard</ref>.
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In August 2017 the SVR announced it had mutually agreed with [[Southern Locomotives Limited|SLL]] that the option to renew would not be actioned at the end of 2017, with 34053 moving to the Swanage Railway for the rest of the locomotive's certificate.<ref>[https://www.svrlive.com/34053-sir-keith-park SVRLive 23 August 2017]</ref> SKP ran her last SVR services on 2 January before winter maintenance works and her move to Swanage on 10 January 2018.<ref>SVR News 200</ref> 34053 recorded a total of 41,405 miles in preservation on the SVR. The reported total may include mileage on hire to other railways while resident here<ref>SVR News 210, SVR-based Steam Locomotive Mileage 2017-2019, Duncan Ballard.</ref> SKP moved to the Spa Val;ley Railway in the summer of 2020.
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Latest revision as of 19:22, 31 July 2020

SRSouthern Railway 34053 Sir Keith Park
34053 SKP Highley 2016.JPG
34053 at Highley in 2016
Built By SRSouthern Railway Brighton Works
Configuration 4-6-2
BRBritish Rail or British Railways rating 7P6F
Status Left the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
Loco Number 34053
Other Numbers SRSouthern Railway 21C153
History
Built 1947
Designed By Oliver BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948
Type SRSouthern Railway Battle Of Britain Class
1966 Withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
1984 Left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation.
2012 Entered service on SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society
2018 Moved to Swanage Railway
Technical
Length 67ft 4¾"
Weight 86t
Tractive effort 27,720 lb
Pressure 250 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

The SRSouthern Railway 'West Country' and 'Battle of Britain' classes were designed by Oliver BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948, the CMEChief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway (SRSouthern Railway). Lighter than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, they could be used on a wider 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 classified 7P6F by British Railways.

Originally built with innovative features including air-smoothed casings and chainAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile-driven valve gear, many of the locomotives including 34053 were rebuilt by British Railways in the late 1950s.

34053 Sir Keith Park in service

34053 was built in 1946 at the SRSouthern Railway’s Brighton Works and entered service as SRSouthern Railway no 21C153. It was originally allocated to Salisbury MPDMotive Power Depot but also worked from the Stewarts Lane depot, where it hauled prestige services such as the Golden Arrow on many occasions. In 1960 it was transferred to Bournemouth, where it often hauled the Pines Express on the Somerset & Dorset Railway.

34053 was withdrawn from service by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in October 1966 and towed to Woodham's scrapyard at BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. the following March.

34053 in preservation

34053's slide bars

34053 left BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. in 1984. Evidence of her time spent there can still be seen today in the form of the words "Sold Mr Woodham" which are visible on the lower left slide bar. After various owners and lengthy periods in store, restoration was finally completed by Southern Locomotives Limited (SLL) in May 2012 at a cost of £773,000. Having no need of the locomotive at Swanage, agreement was reached for 34053 to come to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society, with the agreement carrying a break clause every two years. The locomotive arrived at Bridgnorth on 10 May and during running-in pulled its first passenger train in 47 years on 31 July by assisting a struggling GWR 5700 Class 3650. It entered service on 24 August.[1]

On 31 August 2013 a recommissioning ceremony was held at Kidderminster attended by three aircrew who served during the Battle of Britain and the New Zealand High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith. The return to Kidderminster saw the New Zealand High Commissioner on the footplate. The ceremony welcome pack can be viewed here.

In August 2017 the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society announced it had mutually agreed with SLL that the option to renew would not be actioned at the end of 2017, with 34053 moving to the Swanage Railway for the rest of the locomotive's certificate.[2] SKP ran her last SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society services on 2 January before winter maintenance works and her move to Swanage on 10 January 2018.[3] 34053 recorded a total of 41,405 miles in preservation on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. The reported total may include mileage on hire to other railways while resident here[4] SKP moved to the Spa Val;ley Railway in the summer of 2020.

See also

Former Residents
SVR-based locomotives visiting other events

References

  1. SVR Forum
  2. SVRLive 23 August 2017
  3. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 200
  4. SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News 210, SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society-based Steam Locomotive Mileage 2017-2019, Duncan Ballard.

Links

Southern Locomotives Limited website
SR West Country and Battle of Britain class locomotives on Wikipedia