BULLEID Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35005 Canadian Pacific, undergoing a £1.5 million overhaul, has taken another major step towards returning to steam at the Mid Hants Railway.
On September 26 the frames were lifted back onto the driving wheels at Eastleigh.
Railway engineering firm Arlington Fleet Services provided overhead cranes to complete the preparation work and lifted the frames into place on top of the newly-refurbished wheels.
Canadian Pacific was bought in March 1973 for the former Steamtown Museum at Carnforth. Its restoration began there, and in 1989 No. 35005 was sold to Andrew Naish, who took it to the Great Central Railway, where it steamed in November 1990.
While visiting the Mid Hants in 1996, Andrew raised eyebrows by repainting Canadian Pacific into the short-lived BR express passenger blue livery, which the class never carried in the rebuilt form.
It carried this livery when it returned to the main line in 1998, operating out of Tyseley Locomotive Works, from where it hauled the summer Sunday ‘Shakespeare Express’.
In January 2001, Steam Dreams supremo Marcus Robertson bought No. 35005, repainted it into BR green and it became a mainstay of ‘Cathedrals Express’ trips.
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