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Minehead Shed


The West Country light Pacific, 34046 - Braunton, waits in front of the engine shed at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway. One of the young volounters giving it a rub down with an oily rag.

Originally designed by O. V. Bulleid for use by the Southern Railway, 34046 first saw the light of day with air-smoothed external casings around the boiler similar to those on the Battle of Britain class 34072. it emerged from Brighton Works in 1946 and then rebuilt without the casings in 1959. Withdrawn in 1965, it then spent time in Barry scrapyard before returning to life in preservation. It's last overhaul was completed in 2008 by Williton Restoration on the West Somerset line.


Minehead Shed


The West Country light Pacific, 34046 - Braunton, waits in front of the engine shed at Minehead on the West Somerset Railway. One of the young volounters giving it a rub down with an oily rag.

Originally designed by O. V. Bulleid for use by the Southern Railway, 34046 first saw the light of day with air-smoothed external casings around the boiler similar to those on the Battle of Britain class 34072. it emerged from Brighton Works in 1946 and then rebuilt without the casings in 1959. Withdrawn in 1965, it then spent time in Barry scrapyard before returning to life in preservation. It's last overhaul was completed in 2008 by Williton Restoration on the West Somerset line.


comments (7)

They were fine looking engines, much more so without the casing
Les Auld: They do look more brutish without the casing, thanks for the comment Bill.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2010, 08:22
A beautiful picture of a very photogenic locomotive Les. I remember seeing her at Bath Green Park in 1965, just before withdrawal. Then when the hulk that this engine had been reduced to arrived at the WSR for restoration I thought it was beyond hope. But happily I was quite wrong
Les Auld: It is really amazing just how much effort and hard work is put in to get it back to this condition, a fine tribute to the people who worked on her. Enjoy your time on the WSR Chris, thanks for the comment.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2010, 09:41
What a wonderful restoration job - I can only guess at the sense of pride and achievement the team felt. Cracking photo too!
Les Auld: It looked and sounded superb Mike, thanks for the comment.
Nice shot of another one that hasn't been up to the GCR as yet Les.
Les Auld: Nor the East Lancs Brian, first cop for me. Thanks for the comment.
Beautiful engine and really cared for smile
Les Auld: It is Linda, a tribute to the volounteers. Thanks for the comment.
  • jojo l'abricot
  • France
  • 25 Mar 2010, 19:28
I need one !
Les Auld: Still afew around for sale, needs work though. Thanks for the comment.
They will never loose our interest Les...Could they install nuclear power to produce the steam?
Les Auld: Interesting concept that has, I believe, been explored in fiction. Thanks for the comment Ron.

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