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Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1941 – Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacifics – Southern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era
1941 – Bulleid ‘Merchant Navy’ Pacifics
Southern Railway

35026 as rebuilt

35026 as rebuilt

The first engine of the 4-6-2 type to run on Southern Railway metals appeared under conditions of some secrecy owing to war conditions during 1941. It was a 3-cylinder engine incorporating many novel features, including a thermic siphon, only once before used in this country, and a patent valve gear of O.V.Bulleid’s own design in which the primary drive is by means of chains enclosed in an oil bath. The novel design of wheels, reminiscent of Hackworth’s engines of early days may also be noted. It was fully streamlined, or air-smoothed, as it was referred to at the time. A new and somewhat peculiar numbering scheme was also introduced, in which the prefix 21C indicated the wheel arrangement – two pairs of bogie wheels, a trailing axle, with the C designating the three pairs of coupled wheels. The first engine, No.21C1 was named ‘Channel Packet’ and they were known as the ‘Merchant Navy’ class. Nos.21C2-10 all appeared in 1941-2, followed by Nos. 21C11-20 in 1944-5. Ten more came out after Nationalisation in 1948 with rational numbers, 35021-30, when the original batches were altered to 35001-20.

These engines have done a great deal of heavy main line service on the SR, but the valve gear was not entirely satisfactory, and commencing with No.35013 in 1956 this was replaced by the Walschaert type and at the same time the streamlined casing was removed, with considerable improvement to the looks of the locomotives. Their original boxed-in appearance gave rise to their being somewhat irreverently described as ‘spam-cans’.
All of the class were rebuilt by 1959 and seemed likely to see a good many more years’ service.
Driving wheels – 6’ 2”, Cylinders (3) 18”x 24”, Pressure – 250 lb., Tractive effort – 33495 lb., Weight – 94 tons 15 cwt (as built), 97 tons 18 cwt (as rebuilt), BR classification – 8P.


Lichfield News – Proms 2014 – September’s CPCG conservation day – A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

Lichfield News

Proms 2014

Lichfield Proms in Beacon Park
Saturday 6 September 2014
Children’s activities from 5.30pm, music from 6pm, main concert at 7.30pm
Free entry!
Lichfield Proms is Lichfield District Council’s free annual outdoor concert for the whole family.
The annual event is an opportunity to enjoy a late summer evening in the beautiful surroundings of Beacon Park, live classical music and fireworks.
Since the first concert in 1998, Lichfield Proms has grown from strength to strength, establishing itself as an eagerly anticipated date in Lichfield’s calendar.
This much loved free concert features a prominent symphony orchestra, local musicians and singers.
The evening is brought to a close with fireworks to the traditional sounds of Land of Hope and Glory.
VIP seating: We’ve now got some extra VIP tables available. It costs £10 a seat (booked in fours or sixes). To find out more email proms@lichfielddc.gov.uk or call Jenny Golding on 01543 308775 (if there is no answer, please leave a message and Jenny will get back to you).
Parking: Don’t forget, you can park in Beacon Park for a £5 donation, which includes a glossy programme. Just follow the signs from Lower Sandford Street to the temporary car park.

September’s CPCG conservation days

Published on Tuesday, 2nd September 2014
Volunteers needed to help at two conservation events in Lichfield District this September.
Lichfield District Council is inviting adults to lend a hand at two upcoming Countryside & Parks Conservation Group (CPCG) events this September.
The second CPCG day of the month is on Wednesday 17 September at Coulter Lane in Burntwood. The day will include continuing to improve the health of the woodland by coppicing sleeted trees to encourage regeneration and allow a greater amount of light to reach the woodland floor. Habitat piles will also be created to act as ready-made homes for small mammals and invertebrates. The group will also conduct crown lifting of specific trees to improve access across the site for both the public and to enable future works.

Both days will run from 10.30am to 3pm. All tools will be provided as well as light snacks. Wearing outdoor waterproof clothes and sturdy footwear is recommended.

To find out more please visit http://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/cpcg

To book your free place, please call Denice Deverall at Lichfield District Council on 01543 308183 or email countryside@lichfielddc.gov.uk

A new toddler slide for Beacon Park

Beacon-Park1Published on Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
Thanks to a generous donation from Lichfield Greenhill Bower, a new slide has been unveiled in Beacon Park’s junior play area.
The colourful slide is already appealing to little ones, as three toddlers from Humpty Dumpty Day Nursery & Pre-school demonstrated when they were let loose on it on Tuesday 2 September.

Called ‘Aladdin’s Cave’, the slide has a set of sturdy, secure steps, a large platform, tall side panels and a long chute – which have all been designed with the youngest age group in mind. It also has a cave section underneath to hide all that treasure!

The slide was installed on 21 August after Lichfield Greenhill Bower donated £2,240 to Beacon Park. It was officially launched on Tuesday 2 September.

Beth Colley, Lichfield Greenhill Bower’s Beacon Park Organiser, said: “Beacon Park is at the heart of the Bower celebrations, and it’s great to have been able to give something back to this fantastic local attraction, following such strong support from local people over the years.”

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “Parents have told us they were keen for a slide aimed at younger children to be available in the park, so we’re really grateful to the Lichfield Greenhill Bower for their donation, which meant we could buy this fantastic slide. It complements the play ship, train, roundabout, swings and more that are on offer to children in Beacon Park’s enclosed playground, and we’re sure children will enjoy sliding down it for years to come.”