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34105 - SR West Country Class ‘Swanage’

Status Under Overhaul


Like fellow classmate 'Wadebridge', 'Swanage' retained its air smoothed outer casing throughout its working life and was not rebuilt like 'Bodmin'. She also retains her original innovative design features such as air smoothed casing and steam reverser. Note 'Swanage' has retained a high sided tender with raves up to roof level to stop coal from falling over the side.

'Swanage' has now been moved into Ropley Shed for overhaul along with Standard 4 No. 75079, sharing the same road.


Built at
Brighton Works
Build year
7 mixed traffic
Entered service
March 1950
O.V.S Bulleid
Shed allocation
Bournemouth Shed (from new), Eastleigh Shed 14 September 1964
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 ibs sq in
Total length
67' 4.75"
Tractive effort
31000 ibs at 85% boiler pressure
Wheel arrangament
Working order weight
128 tons
Valve gear
Chain Driven