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34058 - SR Rebuilt Battle of Britain Class ‘Sir Frederick Pile’

Status Under Overhaul


We are very pleased to announce that Bulleid designed Battle of Britain class pacific No. 34058 'Sir Frederick Pile' will be restored here at the Mid Hants Railway. The locomotive will join fellow Bulleid designed engines here at the MHR, namely unrebuilt West Country class 'Wadebridge' and 'Swanage', rebuilt West Country 'Bodmin' plus rebuilt Merchant Navy class 'Canadian Pacific'.

The Battle of Britain class are the same design as the West Country class, but were named after subjects associated with the Battle of Britain which took place in the skies over Southern England during Summer/Autumn of 1940. Sir Frederick Pile was General Officer Commanding of Anti-Aircraft Command, one of the elements that protected Britain from aerial attack during WWII and the Battle of Britain.

The loco was built at Brighton in March 1947 with original air smoothed casing, as can be seen on Wadebridge and Swanage, and numbered 21C158 - the Southern Railway numbering system of the time. The loco was rebuilt in March 1960 and the air smoothed casing was removed changing it's outer appearance to that of 'Bodmin'. No. 34058 continued in service until withdrawal in October 1964, having only a brief life as a rebuild.

Parts of this engine were transported from the Avon Valley Railway near Bristol, including part of the boiler and wheel sets, with  the remainder delivered by low loader in July 2011.


Built at
Brighton Works
Build year
7 passenger, 6 Freight
Entered service
24 April 1947
O.V.S Bulleid
Privately Owned
Shed allocation
Nine Elms (from New), Stewarts lane August 1949, Nine Elms Sept 1949, Exmouth Junction April 1951, Eastleigh Nov 1963
Total built of class
October 1964


Cylinder size
16.375" x 24"
Driving wheel diameter
6' 2"
Fire grate
38.25 sq ft
Max boiler pressure
280 psi
Total length
67' 4.75"
Tractive effort
31000 ibf
Wheel arrangament
Working order weight
86 tons