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SRSouthern Railway 34027 Taw Valley
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34027 Taw Valley at Bridgnorth (2020)
Built By SRSouthern Railway Brighton Works
Configuration 4-6-2
BRBritish Rail or British Railways rating 7P6F
Status In Service
Loco Number 34027
Other Numbers 21C127
History
Built 1946
Designed By Oliver BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948
Type SRSouthern Railway West Country Class
1964 Withdrawn by BRBritish Rail or British Railways
1985 Arrived on SVRSevern Valley Railway
1998 Entered service on SVRSevern Valley Railway
Technical
Length 67ft 4¾"
Weight 86t
Tractive effort 27,720 lb
Pressure 250 lb/sq in

Steam Locomotives

34027 under overhaul at Bridgnorth in 2015

34027 Taw Valley is a SRSouthern Railway West Country Class 4-6-2 'PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration' designed by Oliver (O.V.S.) BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948, CMEChief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway (SRSouthern Railway). Lighter in weight than their sister locomotives, the Merchant Navy class, they could be used on a wide variety of routes including in the south-west of England and the Kent coast. They were a mixed-traffic design, being used for both passenger and freight trains, and were rated 7P6F by British Railways. Originally built with innovative features including air-smoothed casings and chainAs a unit of measurement, 22 yards or 1/80th of a mile-driven valve gear, many of the locomotives including 34027 were rebuilt by British Railways in the late 1950s.

34027 Taw Valley in service

Taw Valley was built at the SRSouthern Railway’s Brighton Works and named after a river in Devon. The locomotive entered service in April 1946 as SRSouthern Railway number 21C127. It was originally allocated to Ramsgate where it worked London to Kent expresses. In 1947 Taw Valley moved to Exmouth Junction, working mainly in Devon and Cornwall. Here the locomotive would have hauled named trains such as the ‘AtlanticLocomotive with a 4-4-0 wheel configuration Coast Express’ and ‘Devon Belle’. Taw Valley was re-numbered 34027 by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in April 1948 as part of the re-numbering programme following nationalisation.[1]

In September 1957 Taw Valley became the second member of the class to be rebuilt at BRBritish Rail or British Railways's works at Eastleigh to a more conventional design set out by Ron Jarvis,[note 1] who had already been responsible for similar rebuilds to the Merchant Navy class. Following this rebuild the locomotive was allocated to the Bricklayers Arms depot in south-east London, working services to Kent. After the lines were electrified, 34027 moved to Brighton in May 1961 to work commuter services from there. Following transfer to Salisbury in September 1963, Taw Valley was withdrawn from service by BRBritish Rail or British Railways in August 1964[2] and towed to Barry Scrapyard, arriving there in December 1964[3].

34027 Taw Valley in preservation

Taw Valley became the 112th locomotive to leave BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. when departing in April 1980.[3] The locomotive was initially privately purchased for use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, but moved to the East Lancashire Railway at Bury in November 1982 where restoration began in earnest.[note 2] In August of 1985 the SVRSevern Valley Railway announced that agreement had been reached with then owner Bert Hitchen for the locomotive to move to the SVRSevern Valley Railway where restoration to main line standard would be completed by the SVRSevern Valley Railway as a contract job. It was then anticipated that the locomotive would become resident while working both on the SVRSevern Valley Railway and on the main line.[4]

First boiler ticket

The locomotive arrived by road at Bridgnorth on 18 August 1985,[2] becoming the SVRSevern Valley Railway's first Southern Region pacific (an earlier attempt to acquire classmate 34016 Bodmin for the railway having been thwarted). At the time the tender was complete, everything above the frame level having been newly built, while the boiler was at the re-tubing stage.[4] Part of the restoration involved forging and machining new connecting rods, the originals having long since vanished. A steam test was successfully completed in April 1987,[5] and restoration was completed in October 1987 when trial running began; the locomotive also worked several trains with fare paying passengers on board. Final painting began in February 1988, and the locomotive entered service in June 1988 with a formal re-naming ceremony taking place on 4 June[6]. 34027 then worked every weekend until the winter season to allow as many of the footplate staff as possible to experience the new locomotive; highlights included lifting 16 coaches out of Bridgnorth with no difficulty during the Autumn Steam Gala. In spring 1981 34027 was examined by BRBritish Rail or British Railways inspectors and declared mechanically fit for main line working apart from the tender wheels which were deemed to be below scrapping size.[7]

Following a loaded test run from Derby to Sheffield and back on 12 May 1989, Taw Valley was then rostered for a summer season of excursions on the 'North Wales Coast Express' between Crewe and Holyhead. During a press run from Crewe on 20 June, the locomotive suffered a slightly bent radius rod. After this was disconnected the locomotive completed the journey at a modest 50 mph. Repairs were completed within a week and the locomotive went on to produce a series of excellent performances Taw Valley returned in time for the September Autumn Steam Gala but was then requested at short notice by BRBritish Rail or British Railways to run the Marylebone steam programme from early November until the end of March 1990.[8]

Taw Valley returned in time to take part in the April 1990 Spring Steam Gala. Sunday 13 May saw the normal summertime Table C timetable in use, requiring 5 steam locomotives. Only later was it pointed out that the SVRSevern Valley Railway had unknowingly achieved a ‘full house’ by rostering GWR 4566, SRSouthern Railway 34027 Taw Valley, LMS 46443, LNER 3442 The Great Marquess and BR Standard 75069 on the same day. Another summer season of 'North Wales Coast Express followed. On return, a weep was found on one of the thermic syphons which was repaired in time for the Autumn Steam Gala. The locomotive also worked the 1990 Santa Services, although managing to run out of coal on the first weekend.[9]

Taw Valley set off for a season on the Welsh Marches Express in February 1991. In summer of that year SVRSevern Valley Railway News announced that Taw Valley was unlikely to return to the SVRSevern Valley Railway after its current commitments[10], and in winter 1991 the locomotive had moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.[11] A brief return to the SVRSevern Valley Railway took place between July and early September 1992[12], following which the locomotive again left the Railway. Taw Valley's last main line working was in March 1994, and by 1995 the locomotive was undergoing a full overhaul at the NYMR.[13]

Mileage as reported in SVRSevern Valley Railway News was as follows:

Year Mileage
1987 574
1988 2,416
1989 4,425
1990 11,525
1991 660
1992 1,070

Note: The 1991 and 1992 mileage figures appear not to include main line working. Mileage post-1992 was not published in SVRSevern Valley Railway News.

Second boiler ticket

Following overhaul, Taw Valley underwent a test run on the main line in late 1996, during which the middle cylinder liner suffered damage. Repairs required the removal of the old liner, re-boring of the cylinder block, and installing and re-boring a new liner.[14] The new cylinder liner was machined at the SVRSevern Valley Railway as a contract job during 1998.[15] By 2000, Taw Valley was again working on the main line, notably appearing around the country that year in maroon livery as 'Hogwarts Express' to publicise the Harry Potter books which were then being published.

Taw Valley arrived back on the SVRSevern Valley Railway on 11 April 2001 having been put up for sale by Bert Hitchen and acquired by long-standing SVRSevern Valley Railway member Phil Swallow via Taw Valley Limited. The locomotive soon became a regular on SVRSevern Valley Railway services and took part in the 2001 Autumn Steam Gala, still in 'Hogwarts Express' livery.[16] Taw Valley returned briefly to the main line, working main line tours either side of Christmas.

In March 2002 Taw Valley appeared at the Spring Steam Gala running as 34045 Ottery St. Mary. The locomotive then spent nearly two months during the summer in the boiler shop in a semi stripped-down state with the cab removed to enable two thirds of the boiler stays to be replaced. Despite a major effort, the Locomotive Department were just unable to complete the work in time for the Autumn Steam Gala.[17].

Main line running with periodic returns to the SVRSevern Valley Railway continued until May 2005. This included a number of rail tours in which the locomotive ran as sister locomotive 34045 Ottery St Mary. In March 2004 Taw Valley made a 2-week visit to the West Somerset Railway during which during which it was successively renumbered and re-named 34022 Exmoor and 34046 Braunton.[18] The locomotive also appeared in the Autumn Steam Gala of 2005 as 34036 Westward Ho, the last gala appearance before going out of ticket.[19].

Mileage as reported in SVRSevern Valley Railway News was as follows:

Year Mileage
2001 6,210
2002 1,357
2003 4,302
2004 7,532
2005 TBA

Mileage pre-2001 and post 2004 was not published in SVRSevern Valley Railway News.

Main line appearances

As noted above, Taw Valley spent considerable periods of time on the main line during both her first and second boiler tickets. The table below has been compiled from various sources including Six Bells Junction, UK Steam and SVRSevern Valley Railway News. However it may not be complete.

Date Tour name Route Notes Web SVRSevern Valley Railway News
12 May 1989 Derby - Sheffield + return Loaded test run 93-19
02 Jul 1989 Crewe - Llandudno - Holyhead + return First run 93-19
04 Jul 1989 North Wales Coast Express Crewe - Llandudno - Holyhead + return Various North Wales Coast Expresses around this time SBJ
16 Aug 1989 North Wales Coast Express Crewe - Llandudno - Holyhead + return Returned to SVRSevern Valley Railway for ASG 23 September 94-41
13 Aug 1989 North Wales Coast Express Crewe - Llandudno - Holyhead + return Returned to SVRSevern Valley Railway for ASG 23 September SBJ
11 Nov 1989 Robin Hood Derby - London Marylebone Low water at Banbury, fire dropped, later relit and continued. SBJ 94-13
02 Dec 1989 William Shakespeare Marylebone - Stratford + return SBJ 95-36
30 Dec 1989 The Thames-Avon Marylebone - Stratford + return SBJ 95-37
20 Jan 1990 Robin Hood Marylebone - Nottingham + return Due to return from Marylebone 31 March (95-8) SBJ
31 Mar 1990  ?-Kings Sutton-Hatton-Nottingham-Lenton Jn-? Included on PSOV DVD 'Taw Valley 1990-1994'
16 Jul 1990 North Wales Coast Expres Crewe - Holyhead - Crewe "Successful season.." 97-23, winter at Holyhead 98-15 SBJ
01 Aug 1990 North Wales Coast Expres 98-9
08 Aug 1990 North Wales Coast Express Locoperf
26 Aug 1990 North Wales Coast Express 97-52
09 Feb 1991 Welsh Marches Express Crewe - Hereford SBJ
16 Feb 1991 Welsh Marches Express?  ?-Abergele-Llandulas-Llandudno Jn-? PSOV DVD
23 Feb 1991 Welsh Marches Express Crewe - Shrewsbury - Hereford SBJ
6 Sep 1991  ?-Hasland-Pear Tree-Small Heath PSOV DVD
12 Sep 1991 Shepway Festival Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Train Roads (multiple) SBJ
13 Sep 1991 Shepway Festival Folkestone Harbour - Folkestone Train Roads (multiple) SBJ
19 Oct 1991 Fen Line Steam Weekend Kings Lynn - Ely - Cambridge + return SBJ
30 Nov 1991 Welsh Marches Express Hereford - Shrewsbury - Chester - Crewe SBJ
14 Dec 1991 Cumbrian Mountain Express Lostock Hall Jn - S&C - Carlisle SBJ
28 Dec 1991  ?-Horton-Selside-Ais Gill-? PSOV DVD
08 Feb 1992 Cumbrian Mountain Express Carlisle - S&C - Farington Jn SBJ
25 Apr 1992  ?-Condover-Marshbrook-Onibury-? PSOV DVD
06 Jun 1992 Ashford 150 Festival Specials Ashford - Appledore - Rye - Hastings + return (multiple) SBJ
10 Jun 1992  ?-Romney-Salisbury-? PSOV DVD. D/H with 75069
18 Oct 1992 South Western Limited  ?-Crewkerne Bank-? PSOV DVD SBJ
10 Apr 1993 Salisbury-Yeovil-Salisbury PSOV DVD
29 Aug 1993 Didcot-Bristol PSOV DVD [http://www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk/90s/930829fs.htm SBJ)
5 Sep 1993 Rougemont Limited Exeter-Waterloo PSOV DVD SBJ
12 Sep 1993 Salisbury-Waterloo SBJ
9 Sep 1993 Exeter?-Waterloo PSOV DVD
26 Sep 1993 Eastleigh-Yeovil-Waterloo PSOV DVD. D/H with S15 828 SBJ
19 Feb 1994 South Western Swansong London Waterloo - Yeovil Junction + return SBJ
23 Feb 1994 Yorkshireman Banbury-Sheffield Locoperf
26 Feb 1994 Cumbrian Mountain Limited Bradford-Carlisle PSOV DVD SBJ
5 Mar 1994 Carlisle-Bradford PSOV DVD. Last run before overhaul.
04 Mar 2000 Shap Attack Crewe - Shap - Carlisle SBJ
08 Apr 2000 Cumbrian Mountain Express Carlisle - Shap - Crewe UKS
08 Jul 2000 Hogwarts Express Promotion Train Kings Cross-Didcot-Kidderminster-Crewe UKS
09 Jul 2000 Hogwarts Express Promotion Train Crewe-Manchester-Bradford-York UKS
10 Jul 2000 Hogwarts Express Promotion Train York-Newcastle-Edinburgh UKS
11 Jul 2000 Hogwarts Express Promotion Train Edinburgh-Calisle-Preston UKS
07 Oct 2000 Southern Scot Crewe - Glasgow Central SBJ
14 Oct 2000 Cumbrian Taw-Tourer Workington - Barrow - Crewe As "Hogwarts Express" SBJ
22 Dec 2001 Christmas Chester Chuffer Birmingham Int'l - Crewe - Chester - Shrewsbury - Bham Int'l SBJ 139-13
29 Dec 2001 Cannon of Kent Finsbury Park - Orpington. Cannon St. - Margate - Finsbury Park Stalled leaving London SBJ 139-13
12 Oct 2002 Parisian Steam Express Victoria - Dover As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". UKS
13 Oct 2002 Parisian Steam Express Dover - Victoria As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". UKS
26 Jul 2003 Victoria-Oxford-Worcester-Oxford-Victoria UKS
27 Jul 2003 V.S.O.E. Bournemouth Belle London Victoria - Salisbury. Bournemouth - Southampton As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". Stalled leaving London SBJ
22 Aug 2003 Surrey Hills Luncheon Victoria-Guildford-Victoria As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". UKS
06 Dec 2003 Lincolnshire Poacher Preston-Doncaster, Doncaster-Manchester Vic UKS
01 Sep 2004 Sunny South Special Kensington Olympia - Weymouth - Clapham Junction SBJ
05 Sep 2004 Cathedrals Express Waterloo-Salisbury-Exeter and Yevil Jc-Waterloo UKS
06 Nov 2004 Victoria - Salisbury + return(?) As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". SBJ
19 Nov 2004 Victoria - Woking - Guildford - Victoria SBJ
06 Dec 2004 Surrey Hills Xmas Luncheon Victoria - Woking - Guildford - Victoria SBJ
10 Dec 2004 Victoria - Woking - Guildford - Victoria SBJ
02 Mar 2005 Victoria - Bath Spa + return SBJ
11 Mar 2005 Victoria - Woking - Guildford - Victoria SBJ
27 Mar 2005 Cathedrals Express Victoria - Canterbury + return SBJ
02 Apr 2005 Victoria - Oxford + return SBJ
14 Apr 2005 Downsman Victoria - Woking - Guildford - Victoria As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". SBJ
20 Apr 2005 Cathedrals Express Victoria - Bristol + return As 34045 "Ottery St. Mary". SBJ
11 May 2005 Cathedrals Express Waterloo - Littlehampton, Portsmouth Harbour - Waterloo SBJ
For further information on sources and references, see The Severn Valley Railway on the main line

Present boiler ticket

Taw Valley’s heavy overhaul had begun by the spring of 2006, with the locomotive being fully stripped down within eight weeks.[20]. The overhaul required a new left-hand cylinder to be cast.[21] Work on the boiler at Pridham's in Devon involved building an almost complete inner firebox and replacing most of the outer box.[22] The overhaul continued to make steady progress and was eventually completed in time for Taw Valley to re-enter service on 16 May 2015, hauling an incoming "British Pullman" rail tour consisting of 12 coaches and a Class 67 diesel from Bewdley to Bridgnorth,[23] and an SVRSevern Valley Railway service from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. Taw Valley is the only SVRSevern Valley Railway steam locomotive, apart from 600 Gordon, equipped to work with air braked rolling stock. However the locomotive is no longer registered to work on the main line (the owner sold support coach 35479 in 2015 around the time the locomotive re-entered service). It has also not appeared at another railway since that time.

Taw Valley is currently in BRBritish Rail or British Railways Green livery featuring the ‘Late Crest’. The coat of arms on her name plate were not carried in service. At the end of 2019, 34027 had recorded a total of 82,767 miles in preservation on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. The reported total may include mileage on the main line and on hire to other railways[24].

Notes

  1. Jarvis succeeded Oliver BulleidOliver Vaughan Snell Bulleid, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the Southern Railway 1937-1948 as manager of the Brighton Works on the Southern Region of the newly nationalised British Railways.
  2. The BarryWoodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry, South Wales. The source of many locomotives now in preservation. List also refers to a move to Hull after the NYMR.

See also

References

Service history from fleetsteam.co.uk

  1. BRDatabase
  2. 2.0 2.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway Stock Book Eight Edition
  3. 3.0 3.1 Beckett & Hardingham (2010) pp. 66, 85.
  4. 4.0 4.1 SVRSevern Valley Railway News 77, 78
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 83, 84
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 88, 89
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 90, 91
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 93, 94
  9. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 96, 97, 98
  10. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 99
  11. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 101
  12. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 103
  13. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 115
  14. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 121
  15. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 127
  16. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 136, 137, 138
  17. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 140, 141
  18. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 147
  19. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 152
  20. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 153
  21. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 155, 160
  22. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 165
  23. I. Walker, "Steam Locomotive Notes", SVRSevern Valley Railway News 190 (2015) p. 28
  24. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 210, SVRSevern Valley Railway-based Steam Locomotive Mileage 2017-2019, Duncan Ballard

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