Achtung! - U-boat!

Author/Source: 

James Foster

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With the main line steam pool seemingly dominated by ex-LMS class 5 locomotives a breath of fresh air blew in during the Spring of 2018 in the form of John Bunch's Swanage Railway-based Maunsell U class no 31806 (a rebuild of a class K 2-6-4 tank). On 13th April the Southern Mogul was let out onto the main line in preparation for a stint on the Great Britain X1 railtour a fortnight later and in preparation for future workings off the Swanage Railway to Wareham. We see the loco at Yeovil Pen Mill during the test and then climbing magnificently through Upwey station on its return to Swanage with the line's BR class 33 diesel D6515 in tow, the latter having worked the train back from Pen Mill to Weymouth.

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