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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Sun Oct 11, 2020 2:39 pm

Hope all goes well with the event.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:21 pm

Just a Reminder about the 'Sir Keith Park Steam Weekend' tomorrow and Sunday (17th & 18th October) at the Spa Valley Railway, that runs between Eridge (which has Main Line direct connections to London Bridge, East Croydon, Oxted , Crowborough, Uckfield, etc) and Tunbridge Wells.

There are still tickets available (see the link below) and the Seating in all Coaches on the Train is strictly in accordance with 'Covid-19' safe separation arrangements and facilities.

https://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk/prod ... am-weekend

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:44 pm

There are now some photos, posted on the Southern Locomotives Ltd website, of 'Sir Keith Park' at the Spa Valley Railway. These photos cover the arrival of the Locomotive on 3rd September 2020 and the first Service Train operating on 12th & 13th September 2020.

Please use the Link below to see these photos ('my Pic No's' 1 to 15 incl.):

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN ... xBci11V3h3

Hopefully, the photos for the 'Sir Keith Park Steam Weekend' on 17th & 18th October 2020 will be following soon.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Tue Nov 03, 2020 3:52 pm

Further to my previous Post (Wed Oct 21) I am pleased to report that Southern Locomotives Ltd have now posted some more photos of 'Sir Keith Park', which now include some from the 'Sir Keith Park Steam Weekend' of 17th & 18th October 2020, at the Spa Valley Railway.

Please use the Link below to see these Photos ('my Pic No's) 16 to 24 incl.):

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipN ... xBci11V3h3

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:30 pm

On the weekend of 26th & 27th June 2021, 'Battle of Britain Class' 34053 'Sir Keith Park' will take on the identity 'West Country Class' 34095 'Brentor', at the Spa Valley Railway.

This will be part of a requested 'Private Charter' that weekend.

['Brentor' entered service in October 1949; was rebuilt in January 1961; withdrawn in July 1967 and cut up at Cashmores, Newport, in April 1968].

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Mon Sep 13, 2021 7:20 pm

'Battle of Britain Class' Locomotive 'Sir Keith Park' continues to be a very popular Locomotive at the Spa Valley Railway (SpVR). The 34095 'Brentor' renaming event (mentioned above) was a real success. So much so that this will be repeated on 13th September for a Photographic Event.

'Sir Keith Park' will also be the Locomotive hauling the SpVR 'Polar Express' Trains prior to Christmas. (I understand that some 17,000 tickets have already been sold!).

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 2:25 pm

'Sir Keith Park' completed the hugely successful 'Polar Express' event at the Spa Valley Railway (some 33,000 Tickets were sold over the 23 days!). It is hoped that there will be a short extension to the '10 year Boiler Ticket', which expires in February this year (where did those 10 years go??!!) before withdrawal of the Locomotive for Overhaul.

This Overhaul will be 'fast tracked' as SKP will be using Sidmouth's Boiler, which is currently under Overhaul at the North Norfolk Railway. ['Sidmouth' would then eventually have SKP's Boiler after that one is Overhauled]. All going well, it is hoped that 'Sir Keith Park' will be able to return to service in the Autumn of 2023

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:22 pm

Blimey. Where has the time gone. :-o
Glad I saw, photographed and rode behind her once.

Taken by me on 25 February 2017 at Wansford on Nene Valley Railway with 34081 '92 Squadron'
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Taken by me on 26 February 2017 at Peterborough on Nene Valley Railway
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34053 nameplate. Taken by me on 25 February 2017 at Wansford on Nene Valley Railway
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34053 with ACE headboard. Taken by me on 26 February 2017 at Peterborough on Nene Valley Railway
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 5:34 pm

Thank you for the Photos Robert. There is something about a black and white photo of Steam Locomotives. seems more 'atmospheric').

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Jan 15, 2022 8:47 pm

34053 wrote:Thank you for the Photos Robert. There is something about a black and white photo of Steam Locomotives. seems more 'atmospheric').

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It was taken in colour, but converted to Black & White afterwards. Think I did that to a few of the photos I took over the 2 days.

I was riding on the line on Saturday 25 February 2017, but just at Peterborough on the Sunday.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Apr 27, 2022 4:32 pm

On Sunday 15th May 34053 'Sir Keith Park' will be withdrawn from Service, as the 10 Year Boiler 'Ticket' expires on 17th May (following a 3 month extension) and a major ('Heavy') Overhaul will now be carried out.

SKP was fully Restored from 'Scrap Yard' condition at Herston Works, Swanage from where, in May 2012, it was transported to the Severn Valley Railway (complete with a brand new Tender, fabricated 'in-house', at Herston Works). The Locomotive hauled its' first Passenger Train, at the SVR, in August 2012. The official 'Recommissioning' Ceremony took place on 31st August 2013, attended by a number of important Guests, including 3 Veterans of the Battle of Britain (Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson, Wing Commander Dick Summers and Squadron Leader Tony Pickering) who all served under Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, as Teenage Pilots of 11 Group Fighter Command.

SKP stayed at the Severn Valley Railway for 5 Years, followed by a period at the Swanage Railway before taking up residence at the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

There will be a Special Event at the Spa Valley Railway over the weekend of 14th and 15th May, called the 'Sir Keith Park' Farewell Weekend!' to mark the end of a tremendously successful period for this important Locomotive.

It is hoped that SKP will return to Service as soon as possible in 2023. A Boiler is currently under Restoration at the Weybourne Works of the North Norfolk Railway' This is actually the Boiler from (under Restoration) 34010 West Country Class 'Sidmouth'. The Boiler from SKP will then be overhauled and used on 'Sidmouth'].

The cost for the Overhaul of 'Sir Keith Park is estimated to be around £200,000.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Tue May 17, 2022 3:30 pm

Mama Wedgy and I had a fantastic day at the Spa Valley Railway on Saturday (14th May) for the Farewell 'Sir Keith Park' Special Event over that weekend.

I was extremely fortunate to have been offered a Footplate Ride on both the Outward and Return Journeys, for the 1210 Departure from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge. Our Ticket was 'All Day, Any Train' so we made 2 more return journeys that day. We also had the most glorious Sunny Day.

'Sir Keith Park' made a final run on the 1650 Eridge to Tunbridge Wells West Train and her fire dropped for the last time.

A Team of SLL Volunteers are on site today, starting to dismantle the Locomotive. Inside the Smokebox the Steam Pipes and Superheater Elements will be removed and sent to Herston Works, Swanage. The Superheater Elements will replace those on 34072 '257 Squadron' in a quick swap. The Locomotive will then move to Herston Works, for further dismantling.

The next stage will be a move to the North Norfolk Railway where the Boiler off 34010 'Sidmouth' is nearing completion of its' Restoration. The Boiler on 'Sir Keith Park' will be swapped with the one off 'Sidmouth' and the Locomotive returned to Swanage for completion.[The Boiler off of 'Sir Keith Park' will be Restored for using on 'Sidmouth'].

Hopefully, 'Sir Keith Park' will be back at the Spa Valley Railway in the first half of 2023.

See this YouTube video by The Southerner for a 'flavour' of this Event:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkQQPUSyses

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Dougs » Tue May 17, 2022 4:34 pm

Nice, that ticket seems to have expired so quickly, seems only a few months ago the loco was being put back into service. Great news that it won’t be long out of service.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Aug 24, 2022 7:20 pm

'Sir Keith Park' has been woken from her 'pre-Overhaul Slumber' at the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells and has been transported (for Static Display) to the Great Dorset Steam Fair [Thursday 25th August to (Bank Holiday) Monday 29th August inclusive.

The GDSF is well worth a visit. It is located in the Village of Tarrant Hinton, between Blandford and Salisbury, on the A354 (Sat Nav Postcode: DT11 8HX)

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Wed Aug 24, 2022 7:44 pm

34053 wrote:'Sir Keith Park' has been woken from her 'pre-Overhaul Slumber' at the Spa Valley Railway, Tunbridge Wells and has been transported (for Static Display) to the Great Dorset Steam Fair [Thursday 25th August to (Bank Holiday) Monday 29th August inclusive.

The GDSF is well worth a visit. It is located in the Village of Tarrant Hinton, between Blandford and Salisbury, on the A354 (Sat Nav Postcode: DT11 8HX)

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Thu Nov 10, 2022 11:52 am

A very busy day on Wednesday 2nd November at Herston Works, Swanage:

- 'Battle of Britain Class' 34070 "Manston'' left the Works, on a Low Loader, after a 5 year long 'Repair and Overhaul' and will eventually return to operational use on the Swanage Railway.

- 'Battle of Britain Class' 34053 "Sir Keith Park" then arrived later, on the Low Loader [originally from the Spa Valley Railway and an appearance at the 'The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2022', followed by storage at Corfe Castle Station] . A start can now be made on the stripping down of the Locomotive, in preparation for the 'Heavy Overhaul' (required 10 years after the accepted Steam Pressure Testing of the Boiler, witnessed by the Insurance Company's Boiler Inspector). This Overhaul involves a 'Boiler Swap' (as often happened in British Railways days). Further details can be found in the '34053 Sir Keith Park' section of the Southern Locomotives Ltd Newsletter, using the link below:

https://southern-locomotives.co.uk/News/news.html

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Feb 25, 2023 12:09 pm

On 25 & 26 February 2017, it was the only time I have seen, heard and ridden behind 34053 'Sir Keith Park' at Nene Valley Railway courtesy of Southern Locomotives Limited.
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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Mon Feb 27, 2023 1:05 pm

Great Set of Photographs, Robert. Thank you.

I have not yet visited the 'Nene Valley Railway'. Must try to get there some time.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby Minty4371 » Mon Feb 27, 2023 5:10 pm

34053 wrote:Great Set of Photographs, Robert. Thank you.

I have not yet visited the 'Nene Valley Railway'. Must try to get there some time.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Thu Oct 12, 2023 11:04 am

34053 "Sir Keith Park" left Herston Works, Swanage on 10th October on a Low Loader, having been stripped down (as necessary) ready for a 'Boiler Swap' to receive the (Restored) Boiler from 34010 "Sidmouth" at Tyseley Works, in Birmingham.

[SKP's Boiler will be Restored, for ultimate use on "Sidmouth"]

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Fri Dec 22, 2023 11:44 am

Following the completion of the current, ongoing major overhaul of 'Sir Keith Park', the Locomotive will be renamed '303 Squadron'. This will be in tribute to the Polish and Czech Pilots of this Squadron who fought alongside the British Pilots, during the Battle of Britain under the control of Air Vice Marshal Keith Park and 11 Group, Fighter Command.

'303 Squadron' was one of the most successful Squadrons during the 'Battle of Britain' , shooting down 203 enemy aircraft, but suffering only 29 losses.

It is expected that 34053 will run as '303 Squadron' until September 2025, for the 85th Anniversary of 'The Battle of Britain'. It will then revert to 'Sir Keith Park'.

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Fri May 24, 2024 2:33 pm

'Sir Keith Park' has now left Herston Works and is at the Swanage Railway for steam tests, following the completion of the '10 yearly' Major Overhaul. The Locomotive looks immaculate. Well done to all those involved:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ3TWDjkLsk

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby 34053 » Wed Jun 12, 2024 4:50 pm

Here is an excellent YouTube Video by The Southerner of the 'Strictly Bulleid 2' Gala at the Swanage Railway [7th-9th June 2024].

Go to 'Full Screen'; turn up the Volume................and ENJOY! :) :) :) :) :) :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXUHF88RDNU

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Re: Restoration of Locomotive 34053 'Sir Keith Park'

Postby IanM » Tue Jun 25, 2024 11:08 am

That's a rather well put together video, enjoyed that :)
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