34073 249 Squadron

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34073 was built at Brighton May 1948 and initially it worked from Ramsgate, but soon afterwards it was re-allocated to Stewarts Lane, Battersea, and then to Dover by early 1949 to work Continental trains and other services to the coast such as the Man of Kent business express from Charing Cross to Margate. In 1952 it took part in haulage trials between Dover and Chiselhurst to compare the performance of Battle of Britain, Merchant Navy and the new Britannia class pacifics.

BR motive power depot allocations since 1948.

Date ArrivedDepot
January 1948Ramsgate
December 1948Dover Marine
May 1961Nine Elms
December 1963Eastleigh

It was withdrawn in June 1964 and stored until in 1965 it was towed to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry. It remained there until 1988 and was the last Battle of Britain class locomotive to leave. It was taken to Brighton for the Brighton Railway Museum project at the Pullman works but plans did not work out and the locomotive sold to John Bunch and moved on to the Mid Hants Railway. Here it resided whilst consideration as to what to do with it were made.

In 2006 it moved to the East Lancs Railway after being bought by Ian Riley. At that time Riley had a stake in 34067 Tangmere and 34073 donated donate parts of its valve gear to that locomotive which had suffered a catastrophic failure while hauling a mainline excursion, causing its valve gear oil-bath to be punctured whilst running on the main line.

34073 249 Squadron is currently stored at Carnforth after being moved from Bury in February 2014. Carnforth is the base for the West Coast Railway Company Limited, trading as West Coast Railways. Tangmere is owned by David Smith who owns Steamtown Railway Museum Ltd depot at Carnforth (No longer a museum but it is the holding company for West Coast Railways). It is possible that 34073 will continue to be used as parts for Tangmere unless there is a plan to finally restore it.

Home BaseCurrent StatusOwner
West Coast RailwaysHas been used for spares for 34067 TangmereDavid Smith
34073 249 Squadron in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – April 1972
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34073 249 Squadron in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – September 1973
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34073 249 Squadron in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – June 1975
34073 249 Squadron in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – c1979
34073 249 Squadron in Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry – April 1984
35009 Shaw Savill & 35011 General Steam Navigation in store at Brighton.
These locomotives were intended for the Brighton Railway Museum to be created in the former Pullman Sheds at Preston Park, Brighton. There was no road access to the Pullman Sheds on the Up side of the mainline, so these rusty relics were unloaded and stored in a siding on the Down side.
However BR refused to move them across the electrified mainline, and in any case the Museum project did not progress. – July 1989

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