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Merchant Navy Class

My new Lego model of a Bulleid pacific; Merchant Navy Class '35005 Canadian Pacific'.

 

The Merchant Navy class were designed for the Southern Railway in Britain by Oliver Bulleid, and were built between 1941 and 1949. They originally had 'Air Smoothed Casing'; a type of streamlining. They were later followed the smaller and lighter 'West Country' and 'Battle of Britain' classes (which were identical apart from their naming). These were also originally built in streamlined condition. My other Lego Bulleid loco, '21c123 Blackmore Vale' is an example of an original condition West Country Class.

 

In the 1950s onwards, the Southern Railway was taken over by British Rail, who began to rebuild all 3 classes of the Bulleid pacifics, without the streamlining, to allow easier maintenance. This model is an example of a REBUILT Mechant Navy class.

 

The real '35005 Canadian Pacific' is now preserved at the Mid-Hants Railway, and I've seen her running many times.

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Taken on January 15, 2009