34070 – Manston

34070 Eastleigh Works
No.34070 emerged from the Brighton Works of the Southern Railway in November, 1947 and thus became the last locomotive to be built on the Southern Railway before Nationalisation on 1st January, 1948. It was also the last the class to have an 8ft 6in wide cab (a feature which added to its operational flexibility), the later members having 9ft wide cabs. The locomotive first appeared with Bulleid's unusual numbering system as 21C170 "Manston". It was re-numbered by British Railways as No.34070.

During its restoration No.34070 briefly found a home on the Great Central Railway. It arrived on the GCR on 30th March, 1996. Restoration work continued but mainly off site and in 1998 a decision was made to group together Southern locomotives being restored and No.34070 left the GCR on 25th September.

For the GCR it will be a marvellous opportunity to see a fully restored locomotive in its original Bulleid condition in which the railway played a small part in those days over 15 years ago. Perhaps it will be a spur to the restorers of the rebuilt No.34039. No.34070 arrived on the GCR on 26th September, 2013 in preparation for the Autumn Steam Gala. It was first in service on 29th September, 2013. 34070 left the GCR on 8th October, 2013.


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