Bulleid Pacifics draw the crowds at Yeovil

By Cedric Johns

The weekend of July 8/9 proved to be a busy period for the Yeovil Railway Centre volunteers when the appearance of two Bullied 4-6-2s drew crowds to the former Great Western transfer goods yard running alongside the Southern’s Junction station.

Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35018 British India Line made its loaded main line test run on July 6, on the Carnforth-Hellifield-Blackburn circuit. The black Bulleid passes Long Preston. DAVID PRICE

The weekend, which coincided with the marking of the 50th anniversary of the end of steam on BR Southern Region, saw No. 34052 Lord Dowding arriving with a Weymouth-bound RTC excursion and next day, No. 35028 Clan Line heading a UK Railtours ‘Waterloo Sunset’ trip to Sherborne and Yeovil.

Both trains were worked to Yeovil from Waterloo via Woking Basingstoke, Salisbury and Templecombe and in both cases the 4-6-2s came off at the Junction for turning and servicing.

On Saturday the Weymouth train was taken forward by diesel which later acted as banker when the train departed for Waterloo running by way of Bournemouth, Southampton and Winchester.

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