THURSDAY, July 28 was not a good day for Locomotives Services’ Bulleid light Pacific No. 34052 Lord Dowding when on arrival at Gloucester, its trip fell flat.
Working a ‘Cathedrals Express’ from Paddington to Cardiff via Reading, Swindon and Kemble, the 4-6-2 aka No. 34046 Braunton was braked hard – the driving wheels locking up – running down the 1-in 90/60/74 Sapperton bank and on through the Golden Valley to Gloucester.
The issue as to whether a full application was made too quickly or a fault developed in the braking system was still being assessed more than a week after the incident.
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RIGHT: Supported by West Coast diesels front and rear for operational reasons, SR Pacific No. 34052 Lord Dowding is seen near Sevenoaks with Steam Dreams’ ‘Cathedrals Express’ from Victoria to Deal on July 24. PETER HOLLANDS