Clan Line to Swanage

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philjo

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Today's UKR trip with Clan line to Swanage is mentioned on BBC news:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-17854189

'Banned' Clan Line steam locomotive's return trip

A 1940s steam locomotive will arrive at a Dorset seaside resort later, 46 years after it was banned from travelling along the route because of its bulk.

In 1966, Clan Line, which weighed 150 tonnes, was prevented from travelling past Wareham as it was too heavy for the single branch line to Swanage.

Smaller locomotives hauled its occupants to the resort instead.

Swanage Railway Company chairman Peter Sills called it "the greatest preserved Southern Railway steam locomotive".

It was built at Eastleigh, Hampshire, during 1948 and withdrawn by British Railways a year after its failed trip to the seaside.

The journey can be made today because under-bridges on the rebuilt Swanage Railway were strengthened during the early 1990s to carry Merchant Navy class steam locomotives.

Mr Sills added: "It will be great to finally welcome Clan Line to Corfe Castle and Swanage 46 years after it was prevented from running down the branch line from Wareham because of the British Railways locomotive weight restriction policy of the time.

"Named after Merchant Navy shipping companies, locomotives like Clan Line hauled long express trains from the capital to the coast, so this 12-coach excursion train from London to Swanage is very fitting and has great historical resonance."

It is due to pass through Wareham at 12:58 BST, running into Corfe Castle at 13:37 and arriving in Swanage at 13:53.
 
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And somehow it has even appeared on the main BBC newspage rather than being tucked away in local news. Well done to those who have managed to get such publicity for the line.
 

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And somehow it has even appeared on the main BBC newspage rather than being tucked away in local news. Well done to those who have managed to get such publicity for the line.
Agreed. It's a lovely line, which holds some very special memories for me. Always pleased to see it get some attention in the news for positive reasons. Will hope to see some photos of this event, wish I didn't live so far away!
 

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I saw Clan Line on its way to Swanage and back tonight from my lounge window. I am puzzled as I thought that I saw Clan Line in the science museum with sections cut out so that you could see the boiler and pistons and most of the inner workings, when I was a child.

Obviously I am mistaken so what is, or was, the locomotive in the science museum?
 

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I saw Clan Line on its way to Swanage and back tonight from my lounge window. I am puzzled as I thought that I saw Clan Line in the science museum with sections cut out so that you could see the boiler and pistons and most of the inner workings, when I was a child.

Obviously I am mistaken so what is, or was, the locomotive in the science museum?
That's 35029 Ellerman Line, I think, at the NRM at York.
 

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I was wondering if everything went well with the Clan Line Trip to/from Swanage on Friday 27 April. Hope it did, it's a great loco.
 

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The first time I travelled behind Clan Line it promptly failed at Kensington, a shame as it is normally very reliable. The next merchant navy class to reappear should be 35006 P&O. Delayed slightly by having the brake ejector stolen from Toddington.
 
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