RESTORATION OF 35005 'CANADIAN PACIFIC'We have received the folowing information from Dr. Becky Peacock at the Mid Hants Railway.
CANADIAN PACIFIC PROJECTCanadian Pacific is the oldest and fastest surviving ‘Merchant Navy’ class locomotive. Currently, under overhaul at Eastleigh Works she will be the pride of the Watercress Line when she returns to steam in 2018.
The project will see the restoration of Canadian Pacific (35005) in Eastleigh works and two Bulleid designed carriages in Ropley. In conjunction with and alongside the restoration work there is a large outreach programme. This covers a variety of activities and measures that aim to reach out and involve more people with our railway’s preservation work and collect people’s knowledge and memories of the steam era. This will help to create and develop a new generation to be involved in heritage railways.
In 2015 the project was awarded £895,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to aid in the total project cost of £1.5m. Some of the funding gap is being made up by volunteer input, but we still require further donations to complete the project.
To find out how to donate and other ways you can support the project, please go to:
With its 4-6-2 configuration and 6ft 2in driving wheels, the class were most suitable for hauling express passenger trains, but were officially designated as mixed traffic. Although fantastic performers, the class had numerous reliability issues. As a result, there was a major rebuilding scheme to R.G. Jarvis’ conventional design. Canadian Pacific was rebuilt in Eastleigh Works in 1959.
In 1965 Canadian Pacific was withdrawn from Weymouth and sold to Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry in 1966. In 1973 it was brought by Steamtown Carnforth. It was then sold to Andrew Naish in 1990 and restored back to working condition. In 2001 it was acquired by Steam Dreams and formed the backbone of the Cathedrals. On the 19th October 2002 during a Cathedrals Express from London to Canterbury it blew a small tube near the firebox crown, filling the cab with steam at Paddock Wood Station. This resulted in Canadian Pacific being withdrawn for 2 ½ years to be fixed. The incident resulted in her confinement to preserved railway operation, based at the Mid Hants Railway.
Carriages: Part of the project is to restore two rare Bulleid designed carriages – semi-Brake Third carriage S4367 and Open Third carriage S1456.
Increase people’s knowledge on the locomotive, engineering works and the railway
We have a number of new mini projects:
Along with a variety of new volunteer roles:
The team will be working with schools and communities within the local area and London on a variety of topics. There will also be talks provided for interested groups and a number of events attended by the team. We will also be providing workshops for schools, teacher Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and STEM/ Women into Science and Engineering (WISE)/ CREST events.
In 2015 we received £895,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the overall restoration cost of £1.5m. However, we still need to raise almost £200,000 to finish the restoration of Canadian Pacific. If you would like to donate money to the Canadian Pacific Project, please pick up a donation form or go to: www.watercressline.co.uk/canpac
If you would like to be kept updated about the project:
If you would like to volunteer:
If you wish to take part in our Oral History Project by sharing your memories, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for any photographs or film footage of Canadian Pacific. If you are happy for us to use your material as part of the project, please contact: email@example.com
Some of the events this year:
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