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Final years of British Railways

35005 on 21st jan 1963 by Nigel kendall

Although excellent performers, the Merchant Navy Class had numerous mechanical issues, that necessitated a major rebuilding programme.  In May 1959 Canadian Pacific returned to Eastleigh Works for its rebuild which involved reverting many of the more novel features to those of more standard practice.  The most noticeable visual change was the removing of the 'Spam Can' casing. Canadian Pacific was among one of the later Merchant Navy class locomotives to be rebuilt to R.G.Jarvis' more conventional outline.

Canadian Pacific’s claim to fame came on the 15th May 1965 when it achieved 105mph down Winchester Bank crewed by Nine Elms Driver Gordon Hooper and Fireman Dave Wilson. Although this was not quite the fastest record set by a Merchant Navy Class (held by 35003 Royal Mail at 105.88mph,) it was noteworthy due to a 41 minute net time for the start to stop journey between Waterloo and Basingstoke.

The Beeching Report accelerated the move to diesel and electric-powered trains, leading to the removal of steam locomotives from British Railways. Canadian Pacific (35005) was withdrawn from service in 1965 from Weymouth Shed. 


Copyright Bill Wright - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Exeter Central on an express for Waterloo, 20th August 1959


Copyright Richard S Greenwood MBE - 35005 Canadian Pacific at London Waterloo 23rd October 1961


Copyright Nigel Kendall - 35005 Canadian Pacific struggles to climb Walkford Bank with a Waterloo express 1963


Copyright Mike Morant - 35005 Canadian Pacific at New Malden hauling an Up Bournemouth Express in the snow, February 1963


Copyright Nigel Kendall - 35005 Canadian Pacific approaching New Milton in 1963


Copyright Barry Hilton - 35005 Canadian Pacific about to departs Bournemount Central station, July 1963


Copyright John Whiteley - 35005 Canadian Pacific leaving Basingstoke on an extra Bournemouth - Waterloo on Whit Monday, 18 May 1964


Copyright Ron Fisher - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Bournemouth Motive Power Depot, 07/06/1964


35005 Canadian Pacific at Wareham, 23/06/1964


Copyright MHRPS Tim Carbury collection - 35005 Canadian Pacific passing through Woking station on a down Bournemouth train circa 1965


Copyright Alex ‘Mac’ McClymont - 35005 Canadian Pacific languishing in the sunshine in Swindon in May 1965


Copyright Mike Morant - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Cholsey 23-5-65


Copyright Stephen Parker - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Nine Elms M.P.D. 70A on turntable taken from an old Kodak brownie 127 photo


Copyright Mike Morant - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Eastleigh


Copyright Michael Blackbourn - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Bournemouth M.P.D.


Copyright Michael Blackbourn - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Parkstone