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35006 P&O back in business!

Loco Yard

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony.

When I arrived the 12 coach train putting together our two main rakes of carriages was being put together, and P&O was shuffling up and down the yard, seemingly for no other reason other than because the driver could!

At around midday we all gathered round to hear from the society chairman John Macmillan, the first society chairman Bill Trite; who told us about he trials of rescuing a locomotive from Barry and the very real risk that by the late ’70s the remaining locos may have been cut up, the very last BR fireman to crew…

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