The pictures on the left show the 1967
shot of the real 34023 at Wareham and the recreation with 34072 at
The giveaway with the recreation is that
34072 has the wider cab (as did all the light Bulleid pacifics
from 34071 onwards). 34072 was running with a Merchant Navy tender
and whilst not that obvious on this picture, the shape of the
Battle of Britain nameplate and crest show through the
But these are small niggles in what was a
genuine and very well executed recreation.
The final picture is of the real 34023 in
the shed at Sheffield Park taken on the afternoon of the 7 May
2017 - exactly 50 years from the 1967 picture at Wareham. It's far
from a perfect picture but one taken for the anniversary.
34023 was one of the last two original
West Country locomotives to survive until July 1967, the other was
34102 "Lapford". Blackmore Vale was one of three
locomotives at Nine Elms that survived directly into
The other two were 35028 "Clan
Line" and Ivatt tank locomotive no. 41298. All three went to
the Longmoor Military Railway near Liss in Hampshire.
When the railway closed, "Clan
Line" moved to Ashford in Kent before making it's first foray
on the main line in April 1974. It was subsequently based at
Hereford, Southall and it's current base in Stewarts Lane in south
"Blackmore Vale" went to the
Bluebell Railway where it returned to service in 1976.
The Ivatt no. 41298 didn't return to steam
until 2015 when it moved to its new home on the Isle of