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Steam Locomotives, like all things mechanical, require regular servicing and, as with servicing a car, not all services are equal! The Southern Railway classified "repairs", as locomotive services are known, by letters and BR(S) classified by name but basically it all boiled down to the same thing. It is interesting to note that the scheduled servicing interval for a Bulleid Light Pacific was 100,000 miles but in many instances Wadebridge would cover in excess of 200,000 miles. The information below is from Wadebridge's record cards, unfortunately some of it is now a little indistinct.

SOUTHERN RAILWAY Card
  Engine arived Work commenced Mileage since
last Gen. Rep.
Class of
Repr.
Boiler
No.
Tender
No.
Extension
of mileage
Date
to Work
Repd.
at
    New Engine   1269 3268   1.9.45 B
12.46 7.12.46 10.12.46 67,674 C '' ''   11.1.47 E
  Tender changed at Exmouth Jct.     3266   31.7.47 Ex J.
12.47 9.12.47 13.12.47 103,671 A 1272 ''   31.1.48 E
    1.3.49 43,655 D (BTN) '' ''   25.3.49 E
10.49 28.9.49 30.9.49 63,814 L/Inter '' ''   28.10.49 E
4.51 11.4.51 11.4.51 136,057 Gen 1375 ''   25.5.51 E
6.53 25.6.53 25.6.53 90,425 L/Inter '' ''   8.8.53 E
8.54 9.8.54 9.8.54 134,243 Non Class '' '' Pressure
250lbs psi
14.8.54 E
3.55 17.3.55 17.3.55 159,411 L/Inter '' ''   16.4.55 E
5.56 18.5.56 18.5.56 211,967 Gen 1369 ''   23.6.56 E
5.57 11.5.57 11.5.57 57,541 L/Inter '' ''   1.6.57 E
8.57 13.8.57 13.8.57 16,925 H/Inter '' ''   6.9.57 E
2.59 6.2.59 6.2.59 149,665 L/Inter '' ''   7.3.59 E
8.60 22.8.60 22.8.60 224,755 L/Inter '' ''   17.9.60 E
BRITISH RAILWAYS SOUTHERN REGION Card
DATE OUT
OF TRAFFIC
DATE INTO
TRAFFIC
SHOP OR SHED AT
WHICH REPAIRED
BOILER
NO.
TENDER
NO.
MILEAGE SINCE
LAST REPAIR
CLASS
16.11.61 30.11.61 EASTLEIGH 1369 3266 264,188 NON-CLASS
30.4.62 12.5.62 EASTLEIGH 2326 '' '' 276,737 L/CASUAL
25.10.62 8.12.62 EASTLEIGH 2331 1364 '' 289,698 GENERAL
29.1.63 6.2.63 EASTLEIGH '' '' 780 RETURN
    WITHDRAWN 17.10.65    

Interesting reading, isn't it? As time goes by the intervals between repairs get longer and longer. What went wrong in 1962/3 that she was back in the repair shop after just 780 miles?
The Southern Railway card starts with beautiful copper-plate writing and the same hand is in evidence until 1957 after which the writing deteriorates until the final entry, with no mileage or anything else beside it, is not much more than a quick scribble.

Other relevant dates:

31 January 1948 - S prefix added to number
25 March 1949 - Renumbered 34007
25 May 1951 - Wedge shaped cab added and repainted in BR Standard Green
17 September 1960 - AWS and speedometer fitted
8 December 1962 - Anti-glare screen added. Tender 3266 cut down

Tales abound about Bulleid pacifics catching fire, and of them "spraying" the track with oil. Read what Dave Mitchell has to say on these topics!


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