The Best of Bullied Steam in 2017

The year of the Bulleid Pacific’: With 2017 marking the 50th Anniversary since the End of Southern Steam on the 9th of July 1967, surviving members of Bulleid’s ‘West Country’, ‘Battle of Britain’ and ‘Merchant Navy’ Classes were to see some fruitful action over the course of the year. Numerous events and galas were held across the Southern region throughout the year, with the Swanage Railway, Mid-Hants Railway and Bluebell Railway leading the way with their celebrations.

The Swanage Railway kicked things off early in the year, when they dubbed their ‘Spring Steam Gala’ as “Strictly Bulleid” – an event which saw 5 working ‘Light Pacifics’ together for the first time since 1967. The Mid-Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’ followed suit, holding their ‘Summer Steam Gala’ along a similar theme, echoing the sentiments surrounding Southern Steams’ Twilight days. On the 9th of July, 50 years to the day since the end of steam on the Southern Region, Swanage Railway held a one-day-only ‘Southern Sunrise’ Gala. Finally, the Bluebell Railway held their titled ‘End of Southern Steam’ Gala, completing the highlights of the celebrations.

‘Battle of Britain’ Class – 34052 “Lord Dowding” (34046 “Braunton”)
‘Battle of Britain’ Class – 34053 “Sir Keith Park”
‘Battle of Britain’ Class – 34070 “Manston”
‘Battle of Britain’ Class – 34081 “92 Squadron”
‘West Country’ Class – 34092 “City of Wells”
‘Merchant Navy’ Class – 35006 “Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co.”

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