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Timeline of Canadian Pacific

1937 Bulleid appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer to Southern Railway.

1938 Board sanction building of Bulleid Pacific’s.

1939 World War Two Declared.

1941 First Merchant Navy class locomotive 21C1 Channel Packet launched and runs from Eastleigh to Alresford for exhibition run after a naming ceremony.

1941 21C5 built at Eastleigh and painted malachite green.

1942 January Enters Service as 21C5 the fifth loco to be built allocated to Exmouth Junction.

1942 21C5 painted war time black. She was launched into service and named Canadian Pacific at an official dedication ceremony in London’s Victoria station by Mr F.W. Mottley, the acting European Manager of Canadian Pacific shipping line.

1943 Headed first regular 16 coach train between Exeter Central and Waterloo.

1944 Smokebox hood fitted​.

1945 World War 2 ends.

1946 Repainted Malachite green livery.

1948 Nationalisation of railways.

1948 Southern Railway becomes British Railways 'S' prefix added in front of number (see picture).

1948 General repairs, new Berley mechanical stoker, Flaman speed recorder, new steel firebox.

1948 became simply No.35005.

1948 Based at Nine Elms shed.

1949 New Express Blue livery applied, cab modified and sent to Rugby for testing (see picture).

1950 After a brief spell under Southern Railway Bulleid moves to CIE in Ireland.

1950 Incident! Chain drive parted whilst traveling, destroying the oil bath and enclosed motion. Whilst being repaired the right hand cylinder and rods were replaced and self-cleaning smokebox equipment fitted.

1950 November returned to traffic in Malachite green livery.

1951 Mechanical stoker removed – experiment was a failure and resulted in nickname “Canadian Pathetic”.

1952 Took part in Rugby trials.

1953 Incident! Entire class withdrawn from service due to crank failure of 35020.

1954 February new boiler fitted at Eastleigh painted in BR Brunswick green livery.

1954 May boiler pressure reduced to 250 lb.

1956 Right hand cylinder replaced after cracks noticed.

1959 May covered 632,322 miles ‘air smoothed casing removed’ rebuilt and tender water capacity increased to 5,250 gallons (see picture).

1959 Electrification of line to Dover reduced workings for steam.

1959 November Rebuilt by BR. Left Eastleigh works and reallocated to Bournemouth shed.

1960 November new speedometer fitted at Eastleigh.

1964 Medium maintenance works carried out at Eastleigh.

1964 Last Atlantic Coast Express (ACE) runs.

1964 September, transferred to Weymouth.

1965 May top speed of around 105 mph between Basingstoke and Winchester reached.

1965 November Withdrawn from Service covered 976,806 miles.

1966 Sold to Woodham Brothers in Barry South Wales (see picture).

1972 Rescued from scrapyard by Steamtown at Carnforth (see picture).

1989 Transferred to Great Central Railway.

1990 Bought by Andrew Naish.

1990 November 23 restored to working condition.

1993 First visit to Mid Hants Railway (see picture).

1996 Painted BR expresses blue livery, an incorrect livery for the modified engine.

1998 Started main line running out of Tysley.

1999 Mayflower rail tour with spirited running.

2001 January acquired by Steam Dreams repainted back to BR green livery.

2002 50 mainline trips had been made.

2002 October tube burst filling cab with steam while stopped at Paddock Wood, withdrawn from service.

2003 Under repair and confined to heritage railways.

2003 Bought by Mid Hants Railway.

2005 Visited Gloucestershire and Warwick Railway.

2006 Sold to Mid Hants Railway.

2008 Boiler certificate ran out, locomotive removed from service (see picture).

2011 Transferred to Eastleigh for storage.

2013 Started dismantling.

2015 Canadian Pacific Project receives £895,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Project starts. December boiler is moved to Ropley. 

2019 Return to Service.


s21C5 Canadian Pacific in Eastleigh, 1948. Image copyright Colour Rail and S Townroe.


Copyright Colour Rail / S Townroe - CanPac in original condition, BR blue


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


Copyright Geoff Marsh in the Phil Marsh collection - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Barry Scrapyard, 1971


Copyright Laurie Bonner - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Steam Town Carnforth, September 1977


Copyright Mark V Pike - 35005 Canadian Pacific at Medstead and Four Marks, 3rd July 1993


Copyright Matt Allen - 35005 Canadian Pacific on the MHR 2007