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The Overhaul of our new flagship

Canadian Pacific is the oldest and fastest survivor of its class.  It is no wonder that she has become the flagship steam locomotive of the Mid Hants Railway.

Canadian Pacific was moved to Eastleigh Works in 2011 to be stored under cover. Disassembly was started in 2013 so that it could be inspected pending overhaul to be started once funding had been sourced or raised.  In 2015 a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund was successful allowing the overhaul to begin.

When Canadian Pacific (35005) is back working on the Mid Hants Railway it will be the fastest and oldest 'Merchant Navy' Class locomotive running on a heritage line and will be the pride of the railway. It will be an impressive sight to see the Canadian Pacific once again steaming down the line and hauling three restored Bulleid carriages!

Films about the restoration of Canadian Pacific:

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2013 - A slumbering beast


2013 - pre-cladding removal


2013 - Locomotive being stripped


2014 - post-cladding removal


2014 - Cladding and motion removed


2014 - Boiler removal


2014 - Locomotive frames


2015 - Frames cleaned and wheels removed


2015 - The driving wheels in South Devon for Re-profiling


2015 - frames painted


2015 - boiler moved to Ropley


2016 - welding repairs to frame extensions and bufferbeam supports


2016 - Riveting bufferbeam


2016 - frames ready for alignment checks and and axleboxes


Volunteers hard at work


Spe 2017 - Frames re-wheeled


Nov 2017 - Fitting the springs


Jan 2018 - Fitting the centre liner


Jan 2018 - Using liquid nitrogen to shrink the liner


2018 - Window frames fitted to the cab


2018 - Work on the inner firebox is progressing


Oct 2018 - Sections of the inner firebox were trial fitted in the boiler


Nov 2019 - Working on the tender frame at Ropley


Feb 2019 - Finishing off the bogie


Jan/Feb 2019 - Aligning the slidebars


May 2019 - Constructing the new inner firebox


June 2019 - Canadian Pacific leaving her building for the first time since 2011


June 2019 - Canadian Pacific is a 4-6-2 again